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810 South Fourth Street
Waco, TX 76706

(254) 753-5166

A foundation that preserves and showcases four historic house museums and hosts multiple educational opportunities throughout the year.

Ice Cream: A Traditional Summer Treat


Ice Cream: A Traditional Summer Treat

Historic Waco

Ice cream has been a summer treat for people of all ages for generations. Commercial ice cream first became available in the United States around 1780 but it wasn't until 1846 with the invention of the ice cream freezer, did this tasty treat become a popular household item. Women of the Victorian era, used magazines such as "Godey's Lady's Book" to submit and share recipes to make for their families. Take your taste buds on a trip back in time and make this dessert recipe for your family, which was originally published in 1862. While making this you can imagine you are Emma McCulloch, who was the woman of the house at McCulloch House, making this dessert for her 10 children!  Check out this recipe and other recipes from the Victorian Era at Bon appetite y'all!

  • 1 quart rich milk
  • 2 fresh eggs
  • 6 ounces white sugar
  • 3 tsp. arrowroot (a West Indian herbaceous plant which can be found in a powder form)
  1. Beat eggs and sugar together.
  2. Bring milk to the point of boiling but do not let it boil.
  3. Stir in the arrowroot.
  4. Remove from the fire, adding the eggs and sugar.
  5. Stir briskly to prevent eggs from cooking and set aside to cool.
  6. If flavored with extracts, it should be done just before it is put in the freezer.