The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy, perfect homemade ice cream

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Once you have had homemade ice cream, it is so hard to go back to the store bought kind. Homemade ice cream is easy, delicious, and I love that it only has six ingredients. (I am one of those people who doesn’t like to see the paragraph of ingredients listed on the side of an ice cream box.)

The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is easy but it does take some time. I like to mix my ingredients together in a bowl and then let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before I put it in my ice cream machine. I feel like the time in the fridge gives the sugar and salt time to really dissolve and for all the flavors to get to know one another. I have skipped this step when I have been crunched for time, and the ice cream still turned out, it just didn’t seem as creamy and flavorful.

I let the ice cream mixture run in my ice cream machine for about 25 minutes. It comes out really creamy and smooth, similar to soft serve ice cream. If I am serving the ice cream along with cake, cobbler, or a warm dessert, I like to get it in the freezer for about an hour until it is really firm. But more often than not, we just dig in to the soft serve ice cream. It’s heavenly, I tell you.

Perfect Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

I would love to hear from you! Are you also a homemade ice cream fan? What are your favorite ice cream toppings? Mine is hot fudge. 🙂

The Best Vanilla Ice Cream
I love a lot of vanilla flavor in my vanilla ice cream, so I use both vanilla extract and a vanilla bean. If you want to tone down the vanilla flavor or don't have a vanilla bean, just bump up the vanilla extract to one tablespoon.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5 cups of ice cram
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer or a whisk to combine all the ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved. If you can, cover the cream mixture and put it in the fridge for up to an hour, or even overnight. You will get a creamier texture.
  2. Use your ice cream maker according to its packaging directions to make your ice cream. (My ice cream maker makes ice cream that has a soft texture, similar to soft serve. I usually put my ice cream in an air tight container and put it in the freeze for about an hour before serving.)

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Recipe Source: slightly adapted from the cookbook that came with my machine, which is a Cuisinart Automatic Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.

Author: Chrissy

I love photoshop, naps, and chocolate. I have an etsy shop where you can see some of the things I have created when I have been eating chocolate while playing on photoshop. As for the naps, I am always hoping one is around the corner. ♥

11 thoughts on “The Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. Just the pictures make me want to make this ice cream!
    Ice cream is one of the great joys of life!
    Thank you for sharing this!!

  2. I love homemade ice cream! You have beautiful presentation! I will have make some for my household and see my son have a ball eating it! Thank you for posting!

  3. Yep…ill be hitting up tomorrow in search of the perfect ice cream machine! Summer is good! Big hugs to your sweet girl. I miss her!

  4. What size ice cream maker do you use? I have a 4 quart. Trying to figure out how much ingredients I need to fill that up.

    1. Hi Erin! I believe mine is the 1.5 quart, so you can at least double this recipe, which is so awesome! You can’t go wrong with this ice cream. I just made some tonight and it was gone in a heartbeat.

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