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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and strawberries in a glass.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is so sweet and creamy. There is nothing like cold homemade ice cream on a hot day summer day.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword Ice Cream, Vanilla
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Freeze 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 436kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • 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).


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg