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Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade vanilla bean ice cream made the real way: a freshly churnedd stovetop vanilla custard. Simply the best vanillla ice cream recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
cooling12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: old fashioned vanilla ice cream, vanilla ice cream recipe with eggs
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • pinch salt


  • Heat the milk and cream. Heat the milk, cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, and vanilla bean in a saucepan over medium heat, until warm and steaming, or about 170 degrees.
  • Beat the eggs and remaining sugar. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until light yellow in color and well combined. They will noticeably change color when mixed enough. (A hand mixer on low will work well.)
    process shot showing color change of egg yolks and sugar
  • Temper the eggs by adding half of the warm milk mixture, a half cup at a time. Then add the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk and cream.
  • Heat the custard. Heat the saucepan, which now contains all of the milk, cream, sugar, and eggs, over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches 185 degrees. The custard is ready when it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil. Once off the heat, add a pinch of salt, and the vanilla extract, if using.
    pouring custard into saucepan
  • Strain the custard and add the vanilla and salt. Hold cheesecloth or a strainer over a bowl to strain the custard. Scrape the vanilla beans and add the vanilla bean and vanilla extract along with the salt and stir to combine. Immediately place the custard into in the refrigerator to chill. Chill for 4-24 hours, until very cold.
    straining custard over glass bowl
  • Freeze ice cream according to manufacturer's instructions. When it has reached the consistency of soft serve ice cream, place into loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until firm. Will keep well, covered in the freezer for a week.
    ice cream maker churning custard


Be sure to check your ice cream machine’s instructions before beginning: many have a freezer insert that needs to be frozen at least 24 hours before churning.
No ice cream maker? You actually can still make home-churned ice cream. Place the custard in the freezer and stir for 30 seconds once per hour. It will take a while to set up, but the results will be very similar.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 106mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg