Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Staff Writer

Emily Jacobs

To get that perfect scoop of homemade ice cream, you need to put the sprinkles aside and start at the beginning with a simple vanilla ice cream base, and we’re going to show you how. From start to finish, the process to make rich, velvety ice cream at home is fairly simple. Even better — we've made a few alterations to traditional ice cream recipes so that now it's even easier than you think.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4  Cup  whole milk
  • 1 1/4  Cup  half-and-half
  • 1/2  Cup  sugar
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt
  • 3  Tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract

Directions

In a medium saucepan, whisk together ¾ cup of the milk, all of the half-and-half, sugar, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently being careful to not scorch the milk.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and reserved ½ cup milk. Whisk thoroughly so there are no lumps. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the milk mixture and whisk constantly until it thickens and comes to a boil, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and cook for an additional 5 minutes until very thick and a line drawn on the back of a spoon with you finger comes clean. Stir in the vanilla extract. Pour into a bowl and chill over ice.

Let mixture chill a few hours in the refrigerator or overnight. Once chilled, whisk out any remaining lumps and freeze in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
16%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
9mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
27µg
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Calcium, Ca
22mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
17µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
50mg
7%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
357mg
24%
Water
50g
2%

Vanilla Shopping Tip

Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Vanilla Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.