Homemade ice cream is a real treat and so worth keeping a churn around for (affiliate link: I have this one). At our house, we prefer custard-based ice creams because they are rich and creamy without the tendency to ice up as much as lower-fat ice creams. In fact, I was raised to think that ice cream without egg yolks wasn’t really ice cream at all – just sweetened frozen milk.
How to make homemade vanilla ice cream
Start by separating the yolks and whites of the eggs.
Now stir the sugar into the yolks.
Measure and pour the milk and cream into a large pot. Stick a (affiliate link) candy thermometer on the pot.
Whisk in the yolk and sugar mixture.
Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk constantly. Whisk it, oh whisk it good! Whatever you do, don’t scramble the egg yolks, cause scrambled egg ice cream just doesn’t sound like something anybody should be eating. Bacon-flavored, though, definitely sounds like something worth eating.
Keep whisking until the temperature reaches 170F. Think of the arm muscles you’re toning with all this whisking!
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Now pour into a dish and cover it with plastic wrap. Gently push the plastic wrap down so it touches the custard. That will keep it from forming a skin. Then put it the fridge to cool for a few hours.
After cooling, set up your ice cream churn with rock salt and ice. Add the custard and start the machine. Run based on the manufacturer’s directions.
Once it’s done, it’ll be about as thick as soft serve or like a really good shake. You can eat it now if you want. If you want a firmer texture just put it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to thicken up even more.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
- 12 egg yolks
- pinch salt
- 1-2 tbsp vanilla extract good quality
- Combine egg yolks, salt, and sugar in a small bowl.
- In a large pot fitted with a candy thermometer, add milk and cream. Turn heat to medium-low.
- Whisk egg mixture into the cream and milk. Whisk almost constantly until temperature reaches 170F. The custard will have thickened slightly.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour mixture into a dish and cover with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap is right against the custard to prevent a skin from forming.
- Place into the refrigerator and allow it to cool for 4 hours or overnight.
- Set up your ice cream churn and churn according to the manufacturer's directions. You can eat it now or you can chill for 30 minutes in the freezer for thicker ice cream.