Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

March 25, 2017

I have been begging on my knees for an ice cream maker for the longest time… almost begging-on-my-knees pleading for one, especially since warmer weather days are not far ahead of us! You can imagine my excitement when this Cuisinart 20-Quart Ice Cream Maker arrived in on my doorstep last Saturday. Obviously, I ripped apart the package and started experimenting recipes with it.

Obviously, the first flavor I set out to try was a classic vanilla ice cream, which is a must-have for everybody. Not only is it delicious, it’s a base recipe that you can add so many different flavors to (chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, etc.). The possibilities are endless! I know that there are a ton of vanilla ice cream recipes out there, but I really just wanted to share my own.

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Just a side note: I usually don’t use vanilla bean or have it lying around, so I used vanilla extract for this one. In the future, when I make this again, I think I’m going to try using it, and when I do, I’ll update this post (and let y’all know, of course).

Also, I was doing some research, and I found out that the difference between ice cream and gelato is the cream to milk ratio. Ice cream is made up of mostly cream, and gelato is made up of mostly milk. How interesting is that? I’ve always wondered what the difference between the two is, but I never bothered to look it up.

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Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
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  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a saucepan on medium heat, add heavy cream, milk, and sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved, then cover with a lid and heat until the edges begin to bubble. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks until combined.
  2. Add about ½ cup hot heavy cream mixture into the egg yolks, ¼ cup at a time, whisking continuously (this "tempers" the eggs, so they don't scramble). Then, add the egg/cream mixture back into the saucepan, along with the rest of the cream, and cook until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 170º Fahrenheit). Transfer to an ice bath and let cool completely. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  3. Using an ice cream machine, churn the cream mixture for about 25 minutes, until the mixture becomes smooth and velvety. Serve immediately, or stick it in the fridge for later.

Even though I’m loving the spring weather, I can’t wait for summer. I’ll be using my ice cream machine a whole lot, so be sure to stick around for more recipes!

xx, Ashley

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  • Reply Carrie March 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    You know, there really is nothing better than a really good classic vanilla ice cream. There’s so many things you can do with it, but honestly I love vanilla ice cream on its own! This looks delicious!

    • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      I agree!

  • Reply Geneva | Making Money Add Up March 28, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Oh my! I’m desperately trying to stay away from sweets right now. This post isn’t helping. I feel like hopping in my car right now to go get some ice cream. Yum! Making your own ice cream is, of course, best because you know all of the ingredients you’re putting in and you can control how much sugar you add too. :)

    • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Haha, that’s so true! Ice cream can be pretty hard to stay away from :)

  • Reply Katie Foley March 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Ah, I would LOVE to have an ice cream maker too!! This looks so, so yummy!

    • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      I linked the one I used above, I’d highly recommend getting one! xx

  • Reply Jacqueline March 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    This is why I can’t truly give up dairy. Vanilla Ice Cream is probably my favourite flavour. I know it may sound boring, but I really enjoy the taste of just vanilla. If you use vanilla pods next time you will have a richer flavour.

    • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      I am definitely going to try to use vanilla beans next time. I’ve discovered that using vanilla gives it a little bit of an artificial taste if you use too much!

  • Reply Stephanie Tenney March 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Awesome recipe. I will have to try it very soon.

  • Reply Kennedy Lazar March 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    This looks delicious! I have got to try it!

    • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Yes! If you do, let me know how it went! :)

  • Reply Lauren March 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    This looks so good! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of putting peanut butter and chocolate chips on my ice cream. Dangerous!

    • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      I know, the combination is addictive! The slight saltiness of the peanut butter pairs perfectly with the sweet vanilla… you should definitely give it a try!

  • Reply Daddy March 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I love it! Good job baby!

  • Reply Maria DeCotiis March 29, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Looks delicious! I want an ice cream maker too!

  • Reply Super Busy Mum March 29, 2017 at 8:15 am

    This looks delicious and it just makes me want to add an ice-cream maker to my birthday wish list, even more! ;)

  • Reply Krysten March 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Mmm gimme gimme!

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