Cooking & Spirituality: Home-made Ice Cream

By Lucia Ferrara

What summertime treat can you imagine that is better than ice cream? This home-made, extra creamy ice cream with fresh fruit doubles the deliciousness. This receipe doesn’t call for ice or an ice cream machine. And with only four ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler!

Home-made Ice Cream

  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries (or any fruit you want)

Makes 12 servings of ice cream.

Hint: Chill your glass or metal mixing bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you whip the ingredients together.

I use raspberries for this recipe, but your fruit choices are limitless. Try strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or even pureed mango.

For another option, use mint extract instead of vanilla, dribble in a couple of drops of green food coloring, add mini chocolate chips instead of fruit, and you’ve got mint-chocolate chip ice cream! Your options are only limited by your imagination.

Cooking as a spiritual practice

In the video, Lucia reads from “Prayer for Ice Cream” by Don B. Murphy. Here’s a couple quotes:

God of All Gifts and Happiness, thank You for ice cream.

… please don’t think me frivolous, Lord,
to thank you also for the cold, sweet, exquisite pleasure of ice cream!

… Let me think of You, Lord of All Good Things, as this all-encompassing frigid dessert treat clears my mind of all serious concerns,
and fills me with pure exhilaration.

With thanks and appreciation,
for all the good things in life,
I pray to You, my Creator and my Good God,


You can find the full prayer here: Prayer for Ice Cream by Don B. Murphy.

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