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7 Summerlicious Ice Cream Recipes

Published June 27, 2012

Summer has officially arrived in California! She’s all pretty, and warm, and ripening the fields for morning berry picking and the afternoons for hanging out beside the pool. I like to stretch out on the hot cement and trace the airplane patterns overhead while the kids splash around in the cool water.

And just when the heat becomes unbearable, the evening breezes kick in and you can watch from your Adirondack chair as the fog rolls over the hilltops while you pretend to read that book you’ve been meaning to get to for forever because it’s seriously supposed to be the “best summer read of the year.” And I really am meaning to get to that book. I swear. It’s just that I keep getting distracted by cravings for summerish things…like homemade ice cream.

Which is why we made it last night, and why I googled a bazillion different recipes for future craving reference and made a list of the ones that looked the yummiest. You can take a peek and see what you think. Just clickety-click the blue links. And then come back and tell me which summer read you’re working on…

**And if you’re currently in Colorado with all the wildfires raging, my heart goes out to you along with my prayers. If I could, I’d mail you ice cream. And a hug. And a giant force-field of safety.

Here goes:

1. Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream (via Former Chef)

Strawberry ice cream evokes in me the mood for picnics on pretty sheets beneath oak trees, and reading books by L. M. Montgomery, Charlotte Bronte, and M. M. Kaye.


2. Salted Caramel & Candied Bacon Ice Cream (via Spoon Fork Bacon)

Bacon? This ice cream has Dorothy Sayers’ hero Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey written all over it. Knowing him, he’d eat it in the bath. With his tea. Like the old British hottie that he is.


3. Thai Basil Vegan Ice Cream (via Conscious Kitchen)

The perfect ice cream for indulging in Marissa Meyer’s fabulous sci-fi/dystopian novel “Cinder.” Or even a little Mrs. Pollifax from Dorothy Gilman. (Of course, one would need to wear an awesomely flamboyant old lady hat to round out the experience.)


4. Guinness Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels (via Food & Wine)

And this is the ice cream we made last night. (Note: There are no chocolate-covered pretzels in the pic because I ate them all. :0)) We changed the recipe slightly by adding a few extra ounces of Guinness (to use it up) and a touch of cinnamon (simply because I thought it’d blend flavors nicely, and it did). Obviously, the alcohol burns off, leaving a subtle malty flavor, which is mild and homey. Also, we used agave nectar in place of cane sugar. Later on, we tossed crumbled choc chip cookies on the leftovers. I think it’s similar to what I always imagined Harry Potter’s butterbeer tasting like (if it was more buttery and minus the cinnamon).

6. Peach & Toasted Pecan Ice Cream (via Southern Living)

Everything about this makes me want to reread Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Scorpio Races” (for the sweet simplicity of it). Or “The Help,” or “James and the Giant Peach,” or “The Secret Life of Bees.”


And finally, from my friend Cathe’s blog:

7. Vegan Chocolate-Chai Ice Cream (via Cathe’s Kitchen)


So there you have it, preciouses! Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us what book you’re on, or supposed to be on, or wish you were on.  Happy warm summer reading and eating!!!


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15 Responses to “7 Summerlicious Ice Cream Recipes”

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  1. 06.27.2012 / 2:16 pm

    Juju at Tales of

    Oh my yum!!!!!!! Bacon please!

  2. 06.27.2012 / 2:48 pm

    Lisa Z

    Goodness, I want them all… but bacon and Guinness are top of the list – alas my low carb diet wins this summer though!
    Summer Reading – I am looking at rereading Margaret Atwood, Stephen King and I think some Jane Austen. Gosh, I better get going on that!

  3. 06.27.2012 / 3:00 pm


    I’m all about trying the bacon one as well, ladies! And I’ve just picked up a Stephen King, Lisa. I’ll tell the title of mine if you tell me yours! ;0) And which Jane Austen?????

    And I recently had a happy surprise when I discovered an Amazon gift card my sis had given me for Christmas! (How could I forget something like that, you ask? I have NO idea.) So I ordered. And there’s this whole lovely bundle of books which were supposed to arrive this week, except…except…the mailman wouldn’t leave them during the one hour I was away! So now I’m off to go track them down. *le sigh :0)

  4. 06.27.2012 / 5:17 pm

    Lisa Z

    SK: Under the Dome… it’s the one you wanted me to do a review of… and I never did, I want to read it again. It is a huge book, 1072 pages. love it!
    and I am thinking for Jane: Persuasion Northanger Abbey and Lady Susan. I just realized actually haven’t read any of them! terrible!
    Alright what is your SK title? and YaY for found gift cards!

  5. 06.28.2012 / 9:56 am


    I’m thinking the peach and pecan ice cream sounds to die for. Also, I will be haunting you to remake that guinness icecream for the next barrow/weber bbq.
    Currently reading a book called X isle. It’s getting pretty intense and is more of a guy YA. I’m not sure if I like it per say – but it is intriguing and of course I’m going to have to finish it. Looking forward to some more light summer reading… next up is a book called Revolution. Also YA about two girls a century apart and a lost diary. Looking forward to that one :)

  6. 06.28.2012 / 4:09 pm

    Tania. F. Walsh

    Oh, you’re a tease… and here I am trying to be good and not eat sweets… now I’m drooling. The cinnamon and oats biscuits looks so good. Actually they all look great:)

  7. 06.29.2012 / 1:19 pm


    Lisa, yes — happy day on the gift card! I ran down and rescued my books from the post office, and I can’t WAIT to dig in! As to the SK (which I grabbed for free from someone and have no idea what it’s about) — it’s a Richard Bachman novel called “Blaze.” We’ll see…

    Lori, I’m totally curious about this XIsle book. I need to know more. :0) And don’t peaches in ice cream sound super amazing? It’s like summer funnelled into a dessert, and I can’t wait to make it!

    Tania, my favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream of all time is their cinnamon oatmeal cookie flavor. AMAZING. I’m hoping this recipe is just as fantastic. ;0)

  8. 06.29.2012 / 2:54 pm

    Stephanie@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow

    I love fresh ice cream and these all look so good! It is almost 100 degrees here right now and I would love a couple scoops of the cinnamon and oatmeal cookie ice cream! Fantastic!

  9. 06.29.2012 / 2:58 pm

    Kelly Hashway

    Damn this computer screen for not letting me get my spoon through it! I want to eat those!

  10. 06.29.2012 / 9:52 pm

    Kristen Evey

    Um… There’s an open invitation at our house for you to come over and make us ice cream anytime… Just sayin’. :)

  11. 06.29.2012 / 10:18 pm


    Oh Stephanie, that is definitely ice cream weather! Well, I hope you have the opportunity to make (or at least eat) some!!!

    Kelly, *grin*.

    Kristen, we could have an ice cream bar! Yum. :0)

  12. 06.30.2012 / 8:16 am

    Edward Newgate

    Found you on book blogs . ning .com

    following you now ..

    Kindly follow me back ..

    Plain Books

  13. 07.1.2012 / 5:06 pm


    All of those look yummy. I’m especially fond of the strawberry ice cream. And i can’t lie…I’d so try that bacon concoction. I think Burger King has a bacon frosty type thing they sell now. I’m tempted to try it.

  14. 07.4.2012 / 8:31 am

    Tracy Brown

    Oh you temptress! LOL! You had me at Candied Bacon Ice Cream. :D

    Missed you while I was on my blog break! Can’t wait to check out what I’ve missed here in your Reading Lair. (I’m giving myself a lovely blog walkabout this weekend.)

    Happy 4th!

  15. 07.6.2012 / 11:35 am


    Wonderful to meet you, Edward! Thanks for the blog visit. I’ll be hopping over to yours asap!!!

    Jade, I’ve not heard of this Burger King concoction of fabulousness! Must investigate…

    Tracy, we missed you too!!!!! I hope the break was lovely and refreshing and exactly what you needed. Can’t wait to hear about how it went! :0)


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