This is my Grandmother's recipe for ice cream. It's yummy, doesn't require an ice cream maker, very simple and can be made into any flavor of ice cream on the planet.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add white sugar and vanilla, continuing to beat until soft peaks form. Carefully fold in sour cream until well blended. Fold in any additional flavorings or goodies at this time.

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  • Place the mixture into the freezer and stir every 30 minutes or so until frozen. This can be made without stirring, but the texture will be icy rather than creamy. If you have an ice cream maker, you can put the ice cream mixture in the maker, and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Notes

For coffee flavor: 2 teaspoons instant coffee. For rum raisin: Soak a handful of raisins in rum for a few minutes. These are just a few of my favorites. You can really go wild, adding chocolate, fruit, spices... whatever you like. It's VERY versatile.

Nutrition Facts

195 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 26.9g; fat 8g; cholesterol 16.9mg; sodium 75.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Thank you so much for this recipe....I am on a sugar free diet and have not been able to enjoy ice cream in years....I used 1/4 cup of Splenda instead of sugar with one teaspoon of vanilla....This recipe is great...God bless you...:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2006
I didn't really like this ice cream. To me it was very sour and full of ice crystals. To fix this problem I invented Granny's Ice Cream II. I used only 3 egg white instead of 4 and I used 1 cup of vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream. Thus I omitted the vanilla. It tasted much better and tasted more like real ice cream. Read More
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65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2006
I didn't really like this ice cream. To me it was very sour and full of ice crystals. To fix this problem I invented Granny's Ice Cream II. I used only 3 egg white instead of 4 and I used 1 cup of vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream. Thus I omitted the vanilla. It tasted much better and tasted more like real ice cream. Read More
(47)
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
Thank you so much for this recipe....I am on a sugar free diet and have not been able to enjoy ice cream in years....I used 1/4 cup of Splenda instead of sugar with one teaspoon of vanilla....This recipe is great...God bless you...:) Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2006
This recipe was amazing. I added mint extract, green food coloring and chocolate chips to make a chocolate mint ice cream and everyone loved it. I am now in the middle of making a cappucinno ice cream with instant coffee and cocoa. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
I liked this a lot! I have to admit I was skeptical--I mean sour cream in ice cream? No need for an ice cream maker? But it was very easy and yummy just as Daphna said. The only change I would make is that I would add a little less sugar. My personal preference is for a less sweet ice cream but otherwise it was great! Thanks. (Hubby loved it by the way...) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2005
You'd never guess this was made w/o an ice cream freezer. The flavor and texture are wonderful. I added candy pieces to it and also 2 Tbsp. of cocoa for chocolate ice cream. I also made it low-fat by adding fat-free sour cream and used powdereded egg whites instead of raw ones. Unbelievably creamy for low-fat! Just don't do like I did and make the mistake of not stirring it enough. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2006
This was surprisingly good! I used half sour cream & half vanilla yogurt & added mini-chocolate chips. I made sure to stir it every 30 minutes & it came out pretty creamy. I'm going to make up another batch this weekend & make the rum raisin this time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2004
I made this using 3/4 c "whippin' whites" rather than regular egg whites 1/3 c splenda for the sugar Light Sour Cream and I added 2 tsp espresso powder. It was wonderful! My husband who's favorite ice cream is coffee thought it was comparable to the full fat full sugar ones I've bought. I plan on using this recipe with peaches next. And after that with cocoa powder and natural peanut butter. Mmmm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2010
Wow this turned out better than I thought it would! I used free range egg whites fat free sour cream and Splenda. For mocha ice cream I used the two teaspoons instant coffee and two tablespoons of my own homemade sugar free chocolate syrup. I had a small helping as did my kids but my husband finished off the rest. Super easy super good. I can't wait to try more flavors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2005
THE BEST ICE CREAM EVER!!!! Wow-this recipes was awesome-so little ingredients! I used vanilla yogurt instead of sour cream-worked fine. The only thing is that i couldn't get my eggs to peak after i put the sugar in-but the ice cream still turned out fine. I loved the fact that an ice cream machine was not needed! Read More
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