Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

September 4, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

There isn’t much better than a great, simple, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe and we have you covered with this classic comfort food.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream dessert

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. So, ice cream is what we are going to make today as the next installment in our apple pie series. If we are working so hard to bring you all of the tasty apple pies and apple treats, I think it is only appropriate to also share our vanilla ice cream. So, enjoy our Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Apple Pie as a Pair

So, maybe I didn’t need to make an ice cream for this apple pie series, but the two go hand in hand. In fact, really any fruit pie seems to call for vanilla ice cream. The pair of apple pie and vanilla ice cream just feels so perfect in my mind. Perhaps there is a bit of nostalgia eating going on with this combination, but I don’t think that is entirely it. I think the two just go together so well. And when we can make it a homemade vanilla ice cream to go with our homemade apple pie, it is just like a duet of beautiful.

Is Making Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Hard?

No, making absolutely wonderful homemade ice cream is not hard at all. It is so simple and once you have your vanilla ice cream down pat, a whole world of ice cream possibilities can open up for you. Making the simple version can give a base for experimentation and improvement.

Do I need an Ice Cream Maker?

If you have an ice cream maker, you should have no excuse… it is super simple. If, however, you do NOT have an ice cream maker, you should not rule yourself out of making this recipe. Yes, I do use an ice cream maker. It can be a bit more difficult without one, but you can get by without an ice cream maker. It just takes longer and requires a bit more effort. I did a Naughty Hot Toddy recipe several months ago where I made the ice cream by churning by hand. If you do not want to use an ice cream maker, take a look at that post and use the same method of churning. Of course, you could also just order an Ice Cream Maker.

Eggs In Ice Cream

While I am not a newbie when it comes to making homemade ice cream, I must admit that I have not experimented with, or understood why people used eggs in ice cream. Until relatively recently, I usually made my homemade ice cream without eggs, but that has changed. Five egg yolks is the answer to all of your ice cream problems. They add a texture to the ice cream that just can’t be duplicated. Based on my friend’s recommendations over at Serious Eats, I went with FIVE Eggs for this excellent homemade vanilla ice cream.

Give Yourself Ample Time In Making This Ice Cream

While it can be done much quicker, I tend to put my ice cream maker bowl into the freezer the day before I make my ice cream. Better yet, a person could just store it in the freezer, so they don’t need to worry about it when they decide to make some of that good stuff.

Additionally, allow your flavors to marinate a bit. With vanilla, it really should not take very long (3-4 hours), but time can be a good thing. If you are adding other flavors, this time can become even more critical. Previously, I made a basil ice cream for a grilled item. We also tend to use mint in our ice cream. For both of these cases, I tend to mix all of my ingredients the night before and let them sit in the fridge overnight.

sugar and vanilla before cream

Cream, sugar, and vanilla in bowl

This homemade vanilla ice cream really is great. If you have never made your own ice cream, you should really give it a shot. Yes, you can get some cheaper stuff at the grocery store, but it isn’t going to taste as good as the homemade stuff. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Also, if you like what I am doing here, please take some time to sign up to receive updates via email and follow me on Instagram.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream dessert

This homemade vanilla ice cream is so simple, but so elegantly tasty. If you haven’t made your own ice cream before, now is the time. You won’t be dissapointed.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Churn
  • Cuisine: Dessert


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract


  1. Make sure that Ice Cream Bowl is in freezer for at least a few hours, but preferably over night
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until well combined. Place in fridge for at least a few hours and preferably over night.
  3. Assemble ice cream maker and turn on
  4. Add liquid and allow to churn for 20 minutes
  5. Place ice cream into bowl and place in freezer for 2 hours.
  6. SERVE

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  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    September 5, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    It’s been a long time since I’ve made ice cream. In terms of pie, I think the cream somehow allows you to taste the fruit in a different way. A better way? I don’t know, but I think so. There’s some science to it but I can’t remember how it goes. Myself, I’m a whipped cream fan when it comes to fruit pies. Except apple. I kind of like that one plain. But if I were going to have it with ice cream, it’s got to be ice cream that is on the very verge of melting – no, fully in the process of melting – all over my room-temperature pie. There is no room for negotiation there: room temp pie, melting ice cream.

  • Reply
    EA The Spicy RD
    September 9, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve been craving ice cream lately~this looks delicious! And, the topping possibilities are endless!

  • Reply
    David Paul-Jones
    December 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I’m back for the lefse recipe this year and I stumbled across this recipe. I make ice cream all the time and I use a recipe very similar to yours. I do, however, make a custard out of the cream and egg yolks prior to mixing in other ingredients and freezing. Do you do nothing on the stovetop with this process?

    • Reply
      December 9, 2020 at 11:58 am

      No stovetop needed.

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