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a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream in two gray bowls
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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

The creamiest vanilla ice cream you will ever eat. Smooth, decadent, and rich.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Overnight chill or 2 hours 2 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 376 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


How to make Ice Cream Custard

  1. In a medium-size saucepan add cream, milk, 1/4 cup of the sugar and salt. Heat over medium/low heat until steaming. Whisk egg yolks and slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. When the cream mixture is hot and steaming, slowly pour a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture stirring constantly. Continue to add at least 1/2 of the hot cream mixture. Slowly pour the egg/cream mixture back into the pan and cook over low heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Cover and chill completely about 2 hours or overnight.

Churning the Ice Cream

  1. Pour chilled custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers directions. Makes 1 quart of ice cream.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 servings)
Calories 376 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 261mg87%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 123mg4%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1277IU26%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.