Nothing says summer like homemade vanilla ice cream! Grab your ice cream maker and whip up a delicious batch of this simple, frozen treat!
Nothing says summer like homemade vanilla ice cream! Grab your ice cream maker and whip up a delicious batch of this simple, frozen treat!

Homemade vanilla ice cream is practically a part of my genetic DNA makeup. I have such wonderful memories of my parents AND even my aunts and grandmother making homemade ice cream as far back as I can remember. When I was little I would watch my Dad cranking our old ice cream maker on the patio, full to the brim with ice and rock salt, until glorious ice cream was finished freezing.

Such fantastic memories of a simpler childhood that I treasure. Nowadays, I use my handy dandy electric ice cream maker (that doesn’t need ice OR salt), and plug it in, on our kitchen counter. I still get excited to make it though, and enjoy every creamy bite! Homemade vanilla ice cream was my Dad’s favorite, so I post this today in his memory.

Plain old ordinary vanilla ice cream goes with just about any dessert… pie, cake, cobblers, brownies, cookies, etc. It truly is timeless! I’ve made so many varieties of homemade ice cream over the years, but finally am posting my tried and true, simple, basic vanilla ice cream recipe. Go figure! Here’s how I make it, quickly and easily!

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How To Make This Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

When I make ice cream nowadays, I use my Cuisinart Indoor electric ice cream maker, and it is super easy to make homemade ice cream. It has a cannister which needs to be solidly frozen BEFORE making the ice cream, so I plan ahead and freeze it overnight. This recipe will yield approximately 1½ quarts of ice cream.

To make this version of homemade vanilla ice cream, you will need to whisk together the whipping cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl or a large measuring cup (4 cup). Mix until the sugar has dissolved into the whipping cream mixture.

Once the sugar has dissolved, pour it into the cannister of your ice cream machine, and freeze, according to the manufacturer directions for your particular ice cream maker. Using the Cuisinart machine, after pouring in the ingredients, I simply turn it on by flipping a switch. (See how easy that is?)

Milk, whipping cream, vanilla and sugar are whisked together for the ice cream.The blended ingredients for the vanilla ice cream are poured into the cannister before freezing.

Freezing And “Ripening” Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

The paddle attachment inside the cannister keeps the ice cream mixture moving during the freezing process, so no need for cranking a handle! It’s effortless! As the homemade vanilla ice cream churns, it will thicken considerably, until it is a thick “soft serve” consistency. This usually takes about 20-22 minutes in my ice cream maker.

As soon as the ice cream reaches the desired consistency, I transfer it from the cannister into an airtight container and place the ice cream in my freezer for at least an hour to “ripen” and freeze it a bit firmer before serving. Of course, if you can’t wait that long, by all means dig in to it, straight from the ice cream machine! We’ve been known to do BOTH!

Ice Cream mixture churning in the Cuisinart ice cream machine.When done, the ice cream will be a thick soft-serve consistency.

Anyone Want Some Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream?

Once the ice cream has firmed up some more, scoop it up and enjoy it with your favorite toppings! My dad always enjoyed his plain (no toppings), but we love it, especially with my homemade hot fudge sauce, fresh fruit, or on a banana split with multiple toppings! YUM! You can’t go wrong with this simple ice cream!

A scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream in a glass dish.Homemade vanilla ice cream is used to make a banana split.

I hope you enjoy this ridiculously EASY recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream. It’s a family favorite, and I cannot even begin to fathom how many times we’ve made it over the years. Way too many times to count, and it is always yummy!

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Original recipe source: Cuisinart Ice Cream and Yogurt Maker User Manual (came with the ice cream machine)

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Prep Time
5 mins
FREEZING TIME (approx.)
22 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Nothing says summer like homemade vanilla ice cream! Grab your ice cream maker and whip up a delicious batch of this simple, frozen treat!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade vanilla ice cream
Servings: 12 (1/2 cup per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 200 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream , well chilled
  • 1 cup whole milk , well chilled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
NOTE: If your ice cream maker requires it, make sure to place the cannister in a freezer overnight BEFORE making the ice cream. Plan ahead.
  1. Whisk together whipping cream, milk, sugar and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl or a large measuring cup (4 cup). Mix until sugar has dissolved into the whipping cream mixture.

  2. Once sugar has dissolved, pour ice cream mixture into the prepared cannister of your ice cream machine. Freeze, according to the manufacturer directions for your particular ice cream maker. Mine usually takes between 20-22 minutes to reach thick, soft-serve consistency.

  3. As soon as ice cream reaches the desired consistency (for your ice cream machine), transfer it from the cannister into an airtight container. Place ice cream into freezer for at least an hour to "ripen" and freeze it firmer before serving. Serve, and enjoy, plain, or with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 1/2 cup serving))
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 616IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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