Monday, June 13, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Cranking ice cream and then waiting to eat melting bowls of creamy homemade ice cream are things that I want my kids to remember from their childhood. I remember eating the most delicious ice cream of my life at my grandparents' house in the summertime. I have that recipe saved in one of my binders and I can hardly wait to make it.

We recently bought a vintage hand cranked ice cream maker and last week we used it for the first time. Such fun! Thanks to my husband, I didn't even have to do the hard work. This was the first time I made ice cream and I am super happy with the results. This was incredibly rich and sweet ice cream.  It was a much richer ice cream than I remember having as a child. I'm looking forward to trying lots of different ice cream recipes this summer!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
Yield: 2 quarts

3 cups whole milk
3 cups heavy cream
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan over medium to low heat. Stir occasionally with a heat-resistant spatula. Set up an ice bath by placing a 4 quart (or larger) bowl in a slightly larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Gradually pour some of the warm milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. (Approximately 10 minutes) Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool (approximately 2-4 minutes), add the vanilla extract, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

When you are ready to make the ice cream, freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with fresh berries for a great summer treat. Enjoy!


  1. Wowww.. Yumm.. I lovee ice cream.. :) Now I can try making them at home :D Thank youu :)

  2. Fun! I bet the kids got a huge kick out of your ice cream maker - Looks delicious!

  3. Mary...what a great memory for you and your children to share! I know that I would have loved making ice cream as a little girl. Thank you for sharing with me...and for your kind words on my own blog. Your creative and thoughtful spirit brings me joy. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. Do you know if it's possible to make ice cream without the ice cream maker? Freezing the custard just doesn't do the trick? (I am lame and don't have one of those fancy things!)

  5. Yes! It is possible to make it without a freezer. For what it's worth, you would laugh hard if you saw our 50 year old "vintage" hand crank freezer I just picked up on ebay. We love it!

    Here is a how-to link on making it without the freezer. I've made it this way and it does work.