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5 from 6 votes

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

A homemade vanilla ice cream that is creamy, silk smooth, and full of pure vanilla flavor.
prep time 10 mins
cook time 20 mins
freeze time 3 hrs
total time 3 hrs 30 mins
servings: 10 servings
calories: 414kcal
author: Salt & Baker

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer add the egg yolks, sugar, and salt. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until pale yellow and light and airy. About 4-5 minutes.
  • In a large pan heat the cream and milk over low heat, stir occasionally. If you have an instant read thermometer the mixture will reach 155-160°F. If you don't have a thermometer, the will be hot but not boiling! 
  • Turn the mixer to low and add the heated cream in a slow, steady, stream. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 3 minutes. 
  • Pour the cream/egg mixture back into the pan and heat over medium-low heat stirring constantly. Heat to 155-160°F. If you don't have a thermometer heat until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. It should NOT boil, however, a few bubbles may come up along the edges. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. 
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Pour the warm ice cream mixture into the bowl (through the fine mesh strainer)*
  • Cool the mixture over an ice bath, stirring every few minutes. After about 10-15 minutes place the mixture in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
  • Set up your ice cream machine according to the manufacturers directions. With the machine running, add the mixture in a slow steady stream. Churn according to the directions. 
  • Transfer the churned ice cream to an airtight container and place in the freezer for several hours to firm up. Serve with your choice in toppings!

RECIPE NOTES

*if you've heated the mixture properly you won't catch much in your fine mesh strainer. This is just to ensure you don't have any curdled eggs in your ice cream mixture. Mainly just an extra step to make sure you get an extra smooth ice cream.
Be sure not to scald your milk. Don't let your mixture come close to a boil. Scalded milk and cream taste bad. 

Suggested Equipment

Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 256mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 101mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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