HANDLE THE HEAT'S MONTHLY BAKING CHALLENGE

JULY

JULY

For the month of JULY we’re making:

Homemade Ice Cream

One recipe every month. Bake it. Share it. Savor it. 

Melt Hearts and win Prizes.

How it Works

1) Bake the Recipe

For July, we’re making Homemade Ice Cream.

For the challenge, you can make ice cream in any flavor you’d like but we’ll be highlighting a French Vanilla Ice Cream base recipe.

2) Snap a photo

Take a photo of your recipe using your phone, camera, iPad, or other device.

3) Submit your entry

DON’T FORGET YOUR BONUS ENTRIES

• Leave a star recipe review and comment on the recipe post using the same name and email address.


• Receive an automatic bonus entry if you’ve participated in any previous baking challenge before using the widget. You must be logged into the widget to receive this bonus.

SHARE BEFORE JULY 31ST 11:59PM PT

July’s Prizes

Two Amazon.com $75 gift cards

4 ) Win Prizes!

Winners are picked randomly by

our picker generator.

Giving Back

Here at Handle the Heat, we believe in spreading joy in all the ways we can, and making the world a better place one day at a time.


For each valid entry, Handle the Heat will donate $1 to Donate Life America.

Community Entries

Your photos may be put on display to share with my entire audience – that’s hundreds of thousands of people! 

Recipe Tips for

Perfect Chemistry

Tip One: Using an ice cream maker is the best way to get ultra thick and creamy ice cream. My absolute favorite Ice Cream Maker is the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart machine. I’ve used this machine literally hundreds of times and it’s worked without fail. Unless you have a self-freezing ice cream machine, make sure your ice cream machine’s freezer bowl is thoroughly chilled according to the manufacturer’s directions. If it’s not COMPLETELY frozen, you may end up with soupy liquid even after 30 minutes of churning.

Tip Two: Prepare the ice bath before you cook the custard so that you can immediately remove it from the heat and strain it into the ice bath. This stops the cooking process, preventing the custard from becoming overcooked. Overcooked custard will curdle.

Tip Three: Be careful when tempering the egg yolks. Whisk constantly as you slowly pour the hot cream mixture into the beaten yolks. This process allows you to gently heat the yolks so you don’t scramble them and end up with chunky ice cream.

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Customization Ideas

French-Style Custard Ice Cream Flavor Variations

Death by Chocolate
White Chocolate Ice Cream

Add 6 ounces (170 grams) of melted and cooled white chocolate to the warmed milk mixture before adding the eggs. After cooking and straining the custard mixture, add an optional 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.

Cookies & Cream

During the last 5 minutes of the churning process, pour in 1/2 cup coarsely chopped whole Oreo cookies (about 15 Oreos).

Mint Chocolate Chip

Add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract and 4 to 5 drops of optional green food coloring after straining the cooked custard into the ice bath. During the last 5 minutes of churning, add 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips.

Nutella

Add 1 cup Nutella after straining the cooked custard mixture into the ice bath, stirring to combine. Don’t worry if it doesn’t dissolve completely. It’ll mix in during the churning process.

Raspberry

In a food processor or blender, puree 4 cups raspberries. Strain into a mixing bowl, discarding seeds and pulp. Refrigerate while you prepare the vanilla ice cream base. Once in the ice bath, stir the raspberry puree into the custard mixture. During the last minute of churning, add 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur such as Chambord.

Malted Vanilla

Add 1/2 cup plain malted milk powder along with the milk and cream.

Cherry

Increase the egg yolks to 5 total. After cooking the custard, stir in 1 1/2 cups fresh pitted sweet dark cherries. Let cool in an ice bath then transfer to a food processor or blender to puree. Strain as you transfer to an airtight container.

Peanut Butter

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup of peanut butter and stir constantly until melted and smooth. Add the milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and vanilla and continue with the recipe as written. During the last 5 minutes of churning, add 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups if desired.

Mocha

Add 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-process, and 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder along with the salt.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Winners are selected at random using a name picker generator from among all eligible entries received.

Winner will be notified and must reply with an Amazon account email address. If there’s no response within 2 business days, a new winner will be chosen. We personally contact each winner to confirm their win, so it sometimes take a few days if we don’t receive a response.

We recommend clearing your web browser cache if you are having issues submitting your photo, a challenge page for a previous month is displaying, etc. Control (PC) / Command (Mac) + Shift + Delete on your keyboard will clear the cache on most browsers. If you need any help with this, please email support@handletheheat.com and we’ll get you taken care of.

No! This isn’t a beauty contest. A photo snapped on your phone is perfectly fine to submit. Take a photo of your recipe with whatever technology is available to you.

The prize is available to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon. We will buy your gift card from your country’s Amazon website in the current market value equivalent to U.S. dollars.

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Past Challenge Winners

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April

Prize: Amazon Gift Card

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Prize: Amazon Gift Card

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February

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