Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Creamy homemade vanilla ice cream is a quintessential summer treat, but truth told we enjoy homemade ice cream all year round.

Cranking ice cream and then waiting to eat melting bowls of creamy homemade ice cream are things that I want my kids to remember from their childhood.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I remember eating the most delicious ice cream of my life at my grandparents’ house in the summertime. I have that recipe saved in one of my binders and I can hardly wait to make it.

We recently bought a vintage hand-cranked ice cream maker and last week we used it for the first time. Such fun! Thanks to my husband, I didn’t even have to do the hard work. This was the first time I made ice cream and I am super happy with the results.

This was incredibly rich and sweet vanilla ice cream. It was a much richer ice cream than I remember having as a child. I’m looking forward to trying lots of different ice cream recipes this summer!

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally with a heat-resistant spatula.

  2.  Set up an ice bath by placing a 4 quart (or larger) bowl in a slightly larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Gradually pour some of the warm milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

  4.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. (Approximately 10 minutes)

  5. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool (approximately 2-4 minutes). Stir in the vanilla extract.

  6.  Refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

  7. When you are ready to make the ice cream, freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with fresh berries for a great summer treat.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to The Perfect Scoop by David Lebowitz
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Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings (about 2 quarts)

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally with a heat-resistant spatula.
  •  Set up an ice bath by placing a 4 quart (or larger) bowl in a slightly larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Gradually pour some of the warm milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.
  •  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. (Approximately 10 minutes)
  • Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool (approximately 2-4 minutes). Stir in the the vanilla extract.
  •  Refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.
  • When you are ready to make the ice cream, freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with fresh berries for a great summer treat. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 584kcal · Carbohydrates: 45g · Protein: 8g · Fat: 41g · Saturated Fat: 24g · Cholesterol: 375mg · Sodium: 84mg · Potassium: 212mg · Sugar: 42g · Vitamin A: 1785IU · Vitamin C: 0.5mg · Calcium: 190mg · Iron: 0.7mg
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Monet says

    Mary…what a great memory for you and your children to share! I know that I would have loved making ice cream as a little girl. Thank you for sharing with me…and for your kind words on my own blog. Your creative and thoughtful spirit brings me joy. I hope you have a wonderful day!