Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
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Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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A traditional cooked custard base is the key to this creamy ice cream with rich vanilla flavor. "It is a family favorite that has been handed down and enjoyed for generations," writes Mary Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Whenever we serve it, we get lots of requests for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 303 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon and reaches at least 160°. Remove from the heat; cool quickly by setting pan in ice and stirring the mixture.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight or freeze immediately. When ready to freeze, pour custard and vanilla into the cylinder of an ice cream freezer. Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p61

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"I followed the directions and it has been processing in the ice cream maker for over 2 hours and hasn't frozen yet. I know it's not the freezer because we have used it many times. Not happy with this recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"This was the first recipe I tried with my new ice cream maker and it was delicious - nice flavour and texture. Being that my 13 year-old was assisting me, we added chopped Crispy Crunch bar (similar to Butterfinger) - delicious! The sky's the limit for add-in's!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"this was absolutely delicious."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"This is the best Ice Cream recipe ever! I will never use another recipe. My family adds a whole bag of Oreos and OH MY is it amazing!!"

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Delicious! I added 2/3 cup of toffee chips during the last minute of the freezing process and it was out of this world good!"

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