Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
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.

4
Servings
267
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
1 pint

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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
17%
Sugar
32g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Cholesterol
36mg
12%
Protein
5g
9%
Carbs
38g
13%
Vitamin A
108µg
12%
Vitamin B12
0.6µg
9.9%
Vitamin C
0.7mg
1.1%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.3mg
1.5%
Vitamin K
1µg
2%
Calcium
166mg
17%
Folate (food)
6µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
6µg
2%
Iron
0.1mg
0.7%
Magnesium
15mg
4%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.1mg
0.7%
Phosphorus
137mg
20%
Polyunsaturated
0.5g
N/A
Potassium
201mg
6%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
14.5%
Sodium
210mg
9%
Sugars, added
25g
N/A
Zinc
0.7mg
4.5%

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