How to Make Frozen Custard?

You’ve never made frozen custard at home before-and I’m here to fix that, asap. It was at Shake Shack more than two decades ago that the nectar of the gods was introduced to me, and I became instantly enchanted by the texture and density of this soft serve. I like to refer to it as something between ice cream and gelato, but not quite.

A few months after my first visit, I visited family in Milwaukee and ate frozen custard from Kopp’s, a chain of fast-food restaurants that carry a variety of always-changing flavours of frozen custard. I did order a large cup the next day, and I returned the following day as well.

French ice cream contains eggs, unlike American ice cream, which does not! I prefer it scooped after it has been frozen firm, as it is traditionally served soft in cones.

How to Make Frozen Custard?

How to Make Frozen Custard

The Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large egg yolks


Step 1

The mixture should turn pale yellow and become fluffy as you whip the yolks, sugar, and salt.

Step 2

A heavy saucepan on medium heat should be used to heat milk and cream. Stir occasionally to prevent milk from sticking. Once little bubbles appear on the surface, cook for 5 to 8 minutes until the mixture starts to simmer. Turn off the heat.

Step 3

Into the egg yolk mixture, whisk in a ladleful of the milk-cream mixture. Another ladleful can be added and whisked thoroughly before adding another (to keep the eggs from cooking). Lastly, add the remaining milk and cream mixture slowly, whisking well afterwards. Whip with vanilla. Place the bowl in an ice water bath to cool faster (you can place the bowl in a larger bowl if you prefer).

Step 4

Cover the pitcher with the cooled mixture. Let it stand until it is ice cold, or fridge overnight.

Step 5

Mix the custard mixture and process the mixture (according to the manufacturer’s instructions) for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches the consistency of soft ice cream. Refrigerate for several hours until frozen. Over the surface of the custard, place a piece of plastic wrap. Cover the container with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for at least three hours so the custard becomes firm enough to scoop.

How Long Should Homemade Ice Cream Churn?

Adding the ice cream to the maker will take about 20-30 minutes. To make the vanilla frozen custard, the milk mixture needs to be at the right temperature to achieve the right texture and temperature.

How Is Frozen Custard Different from Ice Cream?

Ice cream with a custard-like texture is rich and smooth. Ice cream traditionally does not contain sugar, which is a key component of custard. Both custard and ice cream include cream, sugar, and milk. Eggs are present in both. In contrast to some recipes, this one uses only the egg yolks to create a creamy, rich dessert.

How Do You Store Frozen Custard?

You can store it in the freezer for up to a week if you put it in a plastic container or jar. Although the flavor and texture may change over time, it will keep longer than that.

Please Note:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract can be substituted for 1 split and scraped vanilla bean.
  • A large bowl with ice water can be used to float the mixing bowl with the custard mixture.

FAQs About How to Make Frozen Custard

1. How is frozen custard different from real custard?

Normal custard may be familiar to you. The most common ingredients used in pies and cakes are milk, cream, eggs, and sugar. Custards are pretty similar, but frozen custards were sweetened with more sugar and, of course, they were frozen.

2. What are the ingredients in custard powder?

Yeast, sugar, and milk makeup custard powder. As well as being an excellent topping for desserts, it can also be used to make a number of savoury dishes. Cornflour, riboflavin, normal salt, and various flavours are found in commercial custard powder found in grocery stores.

3. How does frozen custard get churned?

Unlike other frozen foods like ice cream and puddings, frozen custard is made in a continuous freezer, which churns continuously at a warmer temperature without adding too much air. Gelato differs from frozen custard because it traditionally does not include yolks and has less milk fat. It is similar to ice cream however that it is denser.

4. How quickly does frozen custard melt?

Custard, because it contains egg yolks, can withstand high temperatures, so it won’t melt as much before you eat it like ice cream. The normal ordering temperature for ice cream is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and the ordering temperature for frozen custard is above 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. In terms of texture, how is frozen custard different from ice cream?

Unlike ice cream, custard contains egg yolks, which is truly the most distinguishing difference between the two. There are calorie differences between custard and ice cream, more protein and calcium in custard, and less fat and carbs in ice cream.

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