Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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You know the saying, “when it rains, it pours?”  Well it’s been a crazy chaotic August in a not so good way.  I won’t itemize everything that has been happening but let’s just say it has been challenging.  My computer has been in and out of the shop for the last couple weeks which is why I’ve been very absent from the blog.  As much as I love technology, I kind of hate it right now.  And because I made the decision to pay for repairs instead of buying a new computer, I am having remorse because I’m still having issues with my computer.

I had hoped to share this ice cream recipe last week but without a computer, it was not meant to be.  The story behind this recipe is kind of funny.  I made this wonderful blueberry crisp and you can’t eat a warm fruit crisp without a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  After asking my husband to go to the store to pick up a pint and waiting a very long time for him to do this, I decided to just make some. 

This vanilla ice cream recipe is very simple and easy to make.  The recipe requires no egg yolks which is great for a person like me.  Made with heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt, this vanilla ice cream is perfect to keep in your freezer for any time any dessert a la mode is called for. It’s also a great way to use up any heavy cream taking up space in your fridge.  Enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  1. Add all the ingredients to a shallow pan.
  2. Heat the cream mixture on medium heat until it starts to slightly bubble.
  3. Turn off the heat and mix the cream until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Allow the cream mixture to cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour the cream into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's directions. Freeze for 3 hours before serving.

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  1. Alyssa says

    Hey Alice,

    I’d love to make this!! It looks so good! My question is, what ice cream maker do you use and do you like it? I’m going to ask for one for my birthday, but I don’t want anyone to make a bad purchase and waste $60. 😉

    Thanks and love the recipe!!

  2. says

    Mmmm, everyone needs a good go-to vanilla ice cream recipe and I’ve kind of been looking around for one just like this: minimal fuss, simple ingredients and quick to put together. And on a sidenote, I hope your August gets much, much better.

  3. says

    NO yolks, that’s awesome! 😀 This sounds like the perfect thing to make right now. I need a dish of something cool and creamy and classic. :]

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  6. Mel says

    Very similar to the one my husband and I have used for years–he refuses to eat ice cream made with eggs, so this is the go-to for us. I’ve found that with my little tabletop ice cream maker, it works much better to thoroughly chill the mix before freezing.

  7. says

    Oh the wonders of cream, milk, and sugar! This classic ice cream should be a staple in everyone’s fridge.

    Quick question though – for those who do not have the luxury of having an ice cream maker, what can be a good alternative?

    P.S. August is not yet over so I hope that you get to have a happy memory for this month despite the “rainy” days you’ve been having!

  8. ChicagoJudy says

    I made this ice cream last weekend. I doubled the recipe and maybe that’s why I had a difficult time getting it to harden up in the ice cream machine. However…. once I got it into the containers and it sat in the freezer overnight, the best compliment any grandmother could ever get was received the next day … “Nana, this is the best dessert you ever made!” She’s 4 years old and had her scoop in a cone with sprinkles on top. This ice cream recipe is delicious! Thank you for sharing it. It’s definitely a keeper!!

  9. says

    I have tried a very similar recipe in the past as well and it turned out to be really good. I really liked the taste of it. It saves you from the hassle of going out and buying it and tastes better then getting it from some shop.

  10. says

    I some times underestimate the wonders of home made vanilla ice cream. It compliments so many desert dishes–from fruity to nutty to chocolate. And it’s amazing how so few ingredients can create something so delicious. I will definitely be trying the blueberry crisp alongside a nice heaping of home vanilla ice cream!

  11. Alli says

    I just made this in my brand new ice cream maker and it’s delicious. I can’t wait to top this over my pear crisp tonight. I love that this recipe only uses heavy cream and no eggs.

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

  12. Krista says

    My husband and I made this recipe for Valentine’s Day. YUM. I would like to make it again using strawberries. Do you think it would mess with the consistency too much to add about a cup of mashed strawberries to the mixture before putting it in the ice cream maker?

  13. Debi says

    This ice cream looks creamy and like it has all the attributes you like in homemade, and why store bought doesn’t compare! I have an egg allergy so this is perfect. But I have to ask, what is that heavenly looking berry concoction under the ice cream? It is almost ollalieberry season here, and I’d love to make this for my berry-lovin’ husband.

  14. Debi says

    Opps! Nevermind… I see you thoughtfully inserted a link to your Blueberry Crisp in the commentary before the recipe.

  15. Sharon says

    This looks very good. How would I make this a chocolate recipe? Would it be enough to add cocoa powder, or would I need other embellishments? Thanks.

  16. Ann says

    OK, I’m about to try this but I’m not planning on freezing it. I use an actual electri ice cream churn, not one of those counter top machines so I assume I can make this the way I normally make ice cream: churn it and “cure” it in the churn. I also am doubling the recipe. Fingers crossed it works for my BBQ tonight!

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