About a month ago, I scored a brand new, $10 ice cream maker from a prop sale at work. For about a week after, I was on a big ice cream/gelato making kick (which resulted in a freezer full of homemade goodness). During this ice cream spree, I managed to make chocolate gelato, peanut butter gelato, kit kat gelato, and this delectable homemade vanilla ice cream. Yeah, you can just call me the Blue Bunny.
Growing up, I was always trying to find that perfect ice cream recipe to make with our big bulky, barrel-sized ice cream maker. Some recipes were too “eggy,” while some recipes were too “sugary.” Some required heating the mixture, while some required chilling. 4 times out of 5, the ice cream was terrible and ended up sitting in our freezer getting freezer burned for weeks. But there was one time I can specifically remember where the stars aligned, and the perfect recipe was found.
It tasted about as real as it could get, and from there on, that would be the only recipe we would make. But like most loose pieces of paper around our house, the recipe got lost, never to be found again. And with the absence of the recipe, the ice cream maker sat in our basement for years, never to be churned on again.
So when I opened up my new ice cream maker’s manual and saw a recipe for basic vanilla ice cream, I was skeptical. If I managed to ruin one more batch of vanilla ice cream in my life, I was going to give up on ice cream making and let Haagen Dass do its job. But as an attempt to use up some extra milk in the fridge, I decided to give it a go. After churning the ice cream by hand and getting my daily arm workout in for the day, I opened up the container to find an exact replica of the ice cream I had remembered from many moons ago. Simple, sweet, and so easy to make. No heating or overnight chilling time required.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer until thick and cream-colored (1-2 minutes). Stir in milk, cream, and vanilla and mix well.
Pour mixture in ice cream maker and mix according to your ice cream maker's instructions.
Top with fresh-cut fruit, if desired.
After throwing on some fresh peaches, I had never been happier. They say money can’t buy you happiness, but that $10 ice cream maker makes me pretty darn happy. Summer may be over, but homemade vanilla ice cream with in-season, fresh cut peaches is welcome all year round.
Have you made homemade ice cream before? If so, what’s your favorite flavor to make?