The best gift I have ever received was my automatic ice cream maker. Ever since I got it, I have loved creating new ice cream recipes. I have made coconut ice cream, green tea ice cream, rum raisin ice cream, chocolate mint ice cream, and the list goes on and on! Of course, the very first recipe I ever made with the ice cream maker was this simple and delicious vanilla ice cream. It is very easy to make and it is that classic vanilla flavor that everyone likes.
When I first began trying out recipes, I really did not know that you could make ice cream at home without any eggs. Fancier ice cream recipes do use egg yolks, but basic recipes can be made with just cream, sugar, whole milk, extracts, and add ins.
If you do not have an automatic ice cream maker at home, then you need to go out or get online and buy one! You will love the creations you can make in your kitchen and you will never go back to store-bought again! Enjoy.
Recipe for Basic Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise with beans scraped out (if you do not have a vanilla bean, just increase the vanilla extract in the recipe by one teaspoon)
- 1/2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract (use a high-quality vanilla)
- A dash of salt
- 1/2 cup of whole milk, well-chilled
- 1/3 cup + 2 tsp. of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, well-chilled
Scape the vanilla beans into a very small bowl. Pour the vanilla extract over the vanilla beans and mix with a spoon. Add in the dash of salt. Set aside.
Pour the milk into a medium bowl. Add in the sugar, and then beat mixture with an electric hand mixer on low speed for 1 minute, or until sugar is fully dissolved. Stir in the vanilla mixture. Pour in the heavy cream, and then beat again on the lowest speed for about 10 – 15 seconds. Cover bowl and put in fridge for about an hour.
Once mixture has chilled, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer directions. After mixture has turned into ice cream (with my new ice cream maker, it takes about 25 minutes), scrape into a Tupperware or snaplock, cover and put in freezer to set. Enjoy!
Recipe Adapted from: Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker Instruction and Recipe Booklet