This homemade vanilla ice cream is my go to ice cream recipe. I use it as a starting point for all my favorite flavored ice creams.
I have so many ice cream recipes here on the blog and we love them all, it is hard to pick a favorite. A few of my favorites are this amazing Berry Crisp Ice Cream that my kids ask for all the time. I love adding crunch and texture to my ice cream and this Animal Cookie Ice Cream makes me feel like a kid again! Ice Cream in a Bag is a fun activity to do with the kids and grown ups love it too.
Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
I am a plain jane when it comes to ice cream, my husband calls me boring but I love a good, simple vanilla ice cream. Every once in a while I will add a topping to it, maybe a few sprinkles but I love it plain the most. I have used this vanilla ice cream recipe for years and years. This recipe is the starting point for many of the other ice cream recipes here on the blog. I love playing with different flavor combinations and add ins. One of my favorite things to do is try and recreate an ice cream flavor I enjoy somewhere. This Marshmallow Ice Cream Treat Ice Cream is one I made after having a similar ice cream during our ice cream tour of NYC.
How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream
The key to a good vanilla ice cream is of course the vanilla that you use. Vanilla is expensive these days thanks to a vanilla bean blight in Madagascar so I use it sparingly and will sometimes buy and use an imitation vanilla in baking. But vanilla ice cream is the time to splurge and use the good stuff. Since vanilla is your main flavor in this ice cream, you want it to be a good one. I always use pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste when making this ice cream.
Making ice cream is one of the quickest and easiest desserts you can make. Just combine all the ingredients, place in your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions. It takes about 30 minutes. After the ice cream has thickened but is still churning you can add in any add ins you might like (see below).
The ice cream will be the consistency of soft serve which I love but if you prefer a harder ice cream, place the ice cream in a container like this and freeze for several hours to overnight.
Best Ice Cream Maker
I am often asked what kind of ice cream maker I use and I have used the same one for years. It is a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and it works great. I also own an old hand crank ice cream maker I would use when the kids were home and we would often take it camping with us but now that it is only the two of us here to crank it, I always use the electric one!!
Favorite Ice Cream Add Ins
If I am going to add anything into my vanilla ice cream one of my favorite things is to add on are some sprinkles! Sprinkles just make me happy. Other choices include:
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Crushed up Oreos or other cookies
- Waffle Cone pieces
- Mini M & Ms
- Toffee Bits
- Malted Milk Balls or other candy
The possibilities are pretty much endless here.
Some of our other favorite ice cream based desserts include:
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Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups half & half half cream, half milk
- 1 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla use the good stuff
- 2 cups whipping cream
- Mix together all ingredients and pour into 2 qt. ice cream maker.
- Follow manufacturer’s directions.
- After ice cream has set up, stir in add in (mini chocolate chips, crushed cookies etc.)
This recipe was originally posted in August 10, 2012.