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Vanilla Ice Cream

This recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream is smooth, creamy and not too sweet. It features a rich, egg yolk custard base and is great in ice cream sandwiches, or on its own as a dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 224kcal
Author Michelle


For key visual steps, refer to photos in the body of the post.

  • 500 ml heavy whipping cream (at least 36% milkfat) cold
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 120 g granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract high-quality
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla bean pod) optional
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 250 ml whole milk


  • Pour the cold heavy cream into a large bowl or jar. Set aside.
  • Separate 6 egg yolks from the egg whites and place the egg yolks into a heat-safe bowl. (Refrigerate or freeze the egg whites for later use).
  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with sugar, vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste (if using), pinch of salt and set aside.
  • Add the milk to a medium saucepan or pot and simmer over low heat until scalding hot.
  • While whisking the egg mixture, gradually pour in the warmed milk (known as tempering the eggs).
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low-medium heat, until the custard thickens. When you can draw a line on the back of a spatula or wooden spoon, the ice cream mixture is ready.
  • Pour the ice cream mixture through a sieve into the cold heavy cream.
  • Give the mixture a stir and cover with a lid/plastic wrap.
  • Place into the refrigerator to chill for at least 6-8 hours, or overnight.
  • The next day, churn the ice cream according to your ice cream manufacturer's instructions.
  • Transfer the churned ice cream to an airtight container and place into the freezer.
  • Freeze the ice cream for at least 6-8 hours, or until firm.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 83mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.3mg