Call me basic but I love simple ice cream. Vanilla is the best ice cream flavor and let me tell you why…it goes with EVERYTHING! Warm brownie? Put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. Hot pie? Its much better a la mode! Root Beer float? Not complete without some ice cream (oh man, I just remembered I have coke at home…yeah that’s totally happening tonight!). Also—sorry for the dark photos, I am realizing how dark my granite makes my photos. Kitchen reno I’m coming for you!
Vanilla is also the best carrier for great toppings. You get the rich creamy taste of vanilla but the gummy bears, blueberries, caramel, whatever still shines through. Yeah I love vanilla and I’m not afraid to say so. I’m sure there are forums, blog posts, articles and more written on the best flavor of vanilla out there. While I have my own opinion on the matter, that’s not what today’s post it about. Today I’m helping you on your journey to MAKE YOUR OWN!!! I am a firm believer in making things as opposed to buying them as much as you can. Luckily this is a relatively easy recipe to make and bonus points for having no additives!
I will say this tastes very much like the Blue Bell version and that just makes my heart happy. I think this vanilla could also be used as a great base for cookies and cream or some other mix in type ice cream. I would just adjust the amount of vanilla (yes that is tablespoons not teaspoons) if you are going to add in things. Are you ready for the ice cream recipe that will change your life?
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Servings: 1 quart Prep Time: 5 min Chill Time: 30 min Freeze Time: 4+hrs
- 6 eggs yolks
- 2 c sugar
- 3 c heavy cream
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- ~ 2 Whole Milk
- 1-2 shots clear vodka* (can be flavored if you want to add a little something extra to the vanilla)
In a medium bowl cream eggs and sugar with a electric mixer on medium-low speed. Once this is thoroughly combined add the cream, condensed milk and vanilla. Continue to mix until fully incorporated and smooth.
Pour mixture into ice cream bowl (if you are using something other than an electric ice cream maker follow manufacture instructions), add mixing paddle then add whole milk until the bowl is full to the top.
Start mixer and churn according to device instructions (mine was 25 minutes) or until ice cream is soft serve consistency. At this point add about 1-2 shots of clear vodka and continue churning for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Remove paddle and pour ice cream info a freezer safe container then place in freezer for about 4 hours. When its hardened a little serve and enjoy! Top with as many or as few toppings as you want, that’s the beauty of vanilla!!!
*The vodka is so the ice cream doesn’t turn into a brick. If you want a easy to scoop texture make sure and add the alcohol (technically you could use any clear alcohol but vodka typically has no added flavor). If you don’t have any alcohol you can by all means skip this step just be warned your ice cream may not be easy to scoop.
CHIME IN!!! Whats your favorite ice cream flavor? Do you have an ice cream maker? Have you ever had homemade ice cream?