How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream

9 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    5 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 35 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“Vanilla is the king of ice cream flavors. This version without eggs ('American' or 'Philadelphia-style') has a brighter, more pronounced vanilla flavor.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 4 servings

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Directions

  1. Stir sugar, cream, and milk into a saucepan over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Heat just until mix is hot and a small ring of foam appears around the edge.
  2. Transfer cream mixture to a pourable container such as a large measuring cup. Stir in vanilla extract and chill mix thoroughly, at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.)
  3. Pour cold ice cream mix into an ice cream maker, turn on the machine, and churn according to manufacturer's directions, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. When ice cream is softly frozen, serve immediately or place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the ice cream and place in freezer to ripen, 2 to 3 hours.

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Reviews (9)

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SHORECOOK
16

SHORECOOK

EXCELLENT! Chef John has never let me down. This recipe was so easy, I found myself giving it over the phone to a friend without even looking at the recipe. I watched the video first which is always a plus. I did make one change and that was to use vanilla bean paste in place of vanilla extract. I like seeing the vanilla beans in the ice cream and the flavor was oh so good!!! Thank you Chef John for sharing such an EXCELLENT recipe! I will be making this many times over!

micsulli
8

micsulli

I think this is probably the BEST ice cream recipe ever! It's so easy to change the amounts of whipping cream and milk (I made it the 1st time as Chef John instructed). I liked more cream then milk and then I decided to add eggs to make it more creamy and rich. It was perfect! This is my new base recipe for making ice cream!

Clutter
7

Clutter

I give it five stars, though I make one really major change. I don't have the patience to wait overnight! You can use one can of sweetened condensed milk that's been chilled and you don't have to wait at all! Put any flavor in it you want. My personal favorite is lemon.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 425 cal
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 24.7 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs
  • 45.8 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 5.8 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 79 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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