Nothing compares to the taste of homemade ice cream. Whether served in bowls or scooped into waffles cones, it's the perfect treat for a hot summer day. The combinations of flavors are endless–vanilla bean, pistachio, butter-pecan and fresh strawberry, to name just a few.

With a bit of practice, you'll discover that ice cream is surprisingly easy to prepare at home. It requires only a handful of ingredients–cream, milk, eggs, sugar and flavorings–but the results are sublime. Here we offer recipes to inspire you plus tips to help you make frozen desserts that are sure to impress.