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Easy Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe adapted from Cuisinart
Prep Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream
Servings: 10 ½ cup servings
Calories: 238kcal
Author: Jurga


  • 1 cup whole milk, well chilled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, to taste
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste


  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk and the sugar, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 – 2 minutes on low speed, if using a hand mixer.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla and salt to taste.
  • Taste and add more sugar and salt as needed to balance the flavors.

Using an Ice Cream Maker

  • Make the cream mixture. (see instruction above)
  • Turn machine on, pour mixture into freezer bowl through ingredient spout and let mix according to manufacturer’s instructions, until thickened, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and let it freeze until hard.
  • Serve with fresh fruit or as a side with your favorite baked pie.

Without an Ice Cream Maker

  • Freeze an empty freezer-safe shallow bowl or pan (stainless steel works well). This should take about 45 minutes.
  • Make the cream mixture. (see instructions above)
  • Put the bowl with the cream mixture over an ice bath to chill, be careful not to get water into the cream mixture.
  • Move the chilled ice cream mixture into the frozen bowl or pan.
  • Freeze for about 20 minutes and check the ice cream.
  • As the edges start to freeze, stir the mixture with a whisk or spatula to break up the partially frozen ice cream.
  • Return to the freezer.
  • Stir ice cream vigorously every 30 minutes until it is firmly frozen.
  • Repeat 4 to 5 times until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Store ice cream in a covered freezer container until ready to use.


Gr8 Tip:
Try adding sliced fresh fruit to the ice cream during the freezing process. In a small bowl, combine the fruit with 1-2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of sugar. Gently stir and allow the fruit to macerate in the juices for at least 2 hours. Drain the fruit and add during the last 5 minutes of freezing. Enjoy!
Gr8 Shopping:
If you do want to buy an ice cream maker, there are a lot of choices out there and they don’t have to be expensive, they run anywhere from about $45 to about $200… there is even one for $400!!! Two of us have the Cuisinart ICE-20 and it works Gr8. The new ice cream makers don’t use any salt to promote the freezing, so they are much less mess and since they are electric, it’s easy-peasy to make ice cream! So “chill out” this summer with some homemade frozen treats!
This nutritional information is only an estimate. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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