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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

vanilla bean ice cream recipe

As a lover of sweets, I knew I had to share my go-to vanilla bean ice cream recipe. This recipe is a classic, and a must-know for any dessert enthusiast. I hope this article will inspire you to make your own homemade ice cream and impress your friends and family with this delicious treat.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Dessert
  • Recipe Cuisine: American
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.8/5


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 large egg yolks


  1. Combine heavy cream, whole milk, and granulated sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the saucepan. Add the pod as well.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a temperature of 170°F.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in color.
  5. Slowly pour about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly.
  6. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining hot mixture and stir constantly over low heat until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl.
  8. Cool the mixture to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  10. Transfer the ice cream to a container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

Nutrition Information

NutrientAmount Per Serving
Total Fat20g
Saturated Fat12g
Total Carbohydrates25g
Dietary Fiber0g

Recipes FAQ

  • Q: Can I use vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean?
  • A: Yes, you can use 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean. Add it to the mixture after removing it from the heat.
  • Q: Can I make this recipe without an ice cream maker?
  • A: Yes, you can freeze the mixture in a shallow dish, stirring occasionally until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Q: How long will the ice cream stay fresh?
  • A: The ice cream will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the freezer.
  • Q: Can I add other flavors to the ice cream?
  • A: Yes, you can add other flavors like chocolate chips, nuts, or fruit to the ice cream before freezing it.
  • Q: How many servings does this recipe make?
  • A: This recipe makes about 1 quart of ice cream, or 8 servings.

Recipes Tips

If you're new to making homemade ice cream, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
  • Be sure to temper the egg yolks by slowly adding the hot mixture to them, or you may end up with scrambled eggs in your ice cream.
  • Chill the mixture thoroughly before churning it in the ice cream maker to ensure a smooth consistency.
  • Freeze the ice cream in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming.

With these tips in mind, you'll be able to make perfect homemade ice cream every time.