Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! There’s nothing as refreshing as homemade vanilla ice cream accompanying a fresh dessert in summer. Here’s a recipe for it anyone can make, and you can say you made homemade ice cream (so everybody wins)…


2 cups Whole Milk

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

2/3 cup Sugar

5 Egg Yolks

Pinch of Salt

1 1/2 Vanilla Beans, split


In a heavy bottom saucepan, bring milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla beans to a boil.

Beat the egg yolks in a bowl. Whisk 1/3 of the boiling milk mixture into the yolks.

Return the remaining milk mixture to the stove. Bring back to a boil.  When it reaches a boil, slowly whisk in the egg yolk mixture. Simmer until mixtures thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Strain the ice cream base into a bowl set over ice. Discard the vanilla beans. Cool quickly over ice and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Mixture should be very cold before going into the ice cream maker.  Mix the ice cream, according to your ice cream maker instructions. Freeze overnight or for 4-6 hours. 

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Photographed by Alli Shepherd.