This Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is so sweet and creamy. There is nothing like cold homemade ice cream on a hot day summer day.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
What About Mix-Ins?
Although this vanilla ice cream stands on its own, you can always add a variety of mix-ins to, well, mix it up. Crushed up cookies, pieces of candy, fruit, you name it. I love the idea of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or some fresh raspberries. Suddenly you’ve added a whole list of flavors of homemade ice cream to your cooking — and cooling off — arsenal. When it comes to adding them in, there’s really no right amount of specific items to add. Experiment. Have fun. You’ll find the flavors that are right for you and your family.
What Goes Great With Ice Cream?
How To Make Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
- Combine all ingredients (including the bean and its pulp) in a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring the mixture just barely to a simmer. As soon as you see a bubble hit the surface, remove it from the heat (do not let it boil) and allow to cool slightly. Remove the hull of the vanilla bean, pour mixture into lidded container and refrigerate mixture overnight to mellow flavors and texture.
- Mix ice cream in ice cream maker* according to unit's instructions. The mixture will not freeze hard in the machine. Once the volume has increased by 1/2 to 3/4 times, and reached a soft serve consistency, spoon the mixture back into a lidded container and harden in the freezer at least 1 hour before serving (we did ours overnight and it was perfect).