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vanilla ice cream cone with two scoops

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Creamy, sweet, and completely homemade, this is my favorite Vanilla Ice Cream recipe! It's a bare bones, super simple recipe that gives you the creamiest, silkiest vanilla ice cream ever.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword vanilla ice cream
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 321kcal
Author Lauren's Latest



  • Freeze bowl of ice cream maker with paddle at least 6 hours in advance.
  • In a small pot, measure 1 cup heavy cream with milk, sugar and salt. Heat over medium, stirring well until sugar dissolves. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks together.
  • Temper egg yolks with hot cream mixture: slowly pour 1/4 cup of the hot cream into the egg yolks while stirring vigorously. Add another 1/4 cup and stir. Pour egg yolk mixture into pot with the remaining hot cream and stir. Cook (without bringing to simmer or boil) for 5-10 minutes or until custard thickens slightly and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1 cup of heavy cream and vanilla. Transfer to plastic container, cover and refrigerate several hours until completely chilled.
  • Assemble ice cream maker {with frozen bowl} and turn on. Pour chilled custard base into the machine and churn 15-20 minutes. Scoop ice cream out into a large container and freeze until firm. Serve.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 92mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1021IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg