Did you know that Philadelphia style ice cream is simply ice cream made with no eggs? I tried a couple of impressively rich ice creams (made with eggs) last summer that my family just loved. However, we are not used to ice creams that rich, so they are not frequently made in my home. Besides, I’ll be honest, I really like to make things simpler and not more complicated in the kitchen wherever possible.
This recipe is hands down, the BEST simple vanilla ice cream I have ever made. I’ve made this recipe both cooked and uncooked. If you are really in a rush, you can simply stir everything together cold and pour it into the machine.
However, simmering it just long enough to dissolve the sugar and then cooling it again truly makes it even better. So, that is how I usually make it.
Stir, Simmer, Stir, Chill and Freeze; less than 10 minutes of actual prep time. If I put the mixture together in the morning, and then freeze it in the afternoon, we are easily having this for dessert the same evening.
For this batch of ice cream, I tossed in chopped chunks of Dark Chocolate Coconut Blondies as soon as the ice cream was finished in the machine. I loved the combination of flavors and I will definitely be keeping a few extra blondies from future batches chopped and waiting in the freezer for just this purpose.
Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadelphia Style
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 vanilla bean split in half lengthwise
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: 2 cups of add-ins - soft brownies cookies and blondies work great
- Pour 1 cup of the cream into a saucepan and add the sugar, salt. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pot and then add the vanilla pod to the pot. Warm the mixture over medium heat, just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the remaining cream, milk and vanilla. Stir to combine and chill in the refrigerator.
- When ready to churn, remove the vanilla pod, whisk mixture again and pour into ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
19 Comments Leave a comment or review
Blond Duck says
I wish I had an ice cream machine!
Sue/the view from great island says
Ice cream was one of the last hold outs for me— a decadent food that didn't really tempt me all that much. That's all changed since I've been seeing so many amazing ice cream recipes on the blogs I read, I am now officially ice cream crazy.
Although egg does make ice cream more custard-y, I love making ice creams without them… there's just no risk of having scrambled eggs that way! Plus, it can be just as creamy and decadent, that is for sure! This looks AMAZING!
Tricia @ saving room for dessert says
I never knew that's what an egg-less ice cream was called. I always enjoy a good custard ice cream but you're right, it is rich. I saved some of my brownies and froze them last weekend to do the same thing! Yum!
I'll take mine with brownies please! 🙂
I like this type of ice cream too! And you can't go wrong with a good vanilla – I might be in the minority but I prefer it over chocolate. The blondies sound delectable in here!
Words Of Deliciousness says
Looks delicious. I haven't had homemade ice cream for a long time, I am going to have to make some soon and this recipe would be perfect.
Gerry @Foodness Gracious says
Your mean, just mean 😉 It looks awesome..
Oh yum! I am so glad that it is getting to be homemade ice cream season!
Becki's Whole Life says
I agree with you, Mary, on keeping things simple with the ice cream (and life in general:-).) When I finally get my ice cream maker out I will make this recipe first. Also, what a great idea chopping up the blondie and putting it in here. Oh yum, this sounds like the perfect dessert!
I'll have to give this version a try, we're all about simple when it comes to ice cream.
I love how you added in the blondie chunks. Although it would be delicious with or without, I'm sure.
This looks so good. All those chunks of goodies in the ice cream. I think I will dig out my ice cream maker bowl and stick it in the fridge tonight. I am hungry for ice cream now.
Mary Jordon says
Thanks for this simple recipe!
Lela McCleery says
This sounds so good! I want o make it!
David Watkins says
Do I need an ice cream maker or can I just mix?
Yes, you’ll need an ice cream maker.
I have not made this yet but plan to do so today. Do I really need BOTH the vanilla bean and the vanilla extract?
Mary Younkin says
You’ll use either one, Marie. You don’t need both.