Basic Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

We don’t want to brag, but this vanilla ice cream recipe really is the best ever. And with only five ingredients, it just might be the easiest, too. Everyone will be impressed by this smooth and creamy Basic Vanilla Ice Cream.

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients For Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

How To Prepare Basic Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Beat milk and eggs together in a large saucepan. Add sugar and vanilla bean or vanilla extract, and cook over medium-low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until slightly thickened and registering 170° F on a thermometer. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove hull of the vanilla bean, if using, and stir in cream. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl and cover surface directly with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours.
  2. Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. (I have a Donvier 1 quart manual crank for small jobs and a White Mountain 1 1/2 gallon electric for big jobs) The mixture will not be completely hard. To finish freezing, put mixture into a lidded container, cover and allow to harden in the freezer at least 1 hour before serving.


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