Anyone who knows me knows I have a huge sweet tooth, and making homemade ice cream is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so delicious, really simple and this vanilla ice cream is perfect to store in your freezer and bust out as a side to your favorite slice of pie, cake or just to enjoy on its own.
- Ice cream maker (I have one from Cuisinart)*
- 1 cup milk**
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream***
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
*Make sure you put the freezer bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer and that it’s frozen prior to making ice cream.
**I personally use either 2% milk or vanilla almond milk. Using almond milk means less calories but still tastes really good in my opinion. Using whole milk or 2% will make the ice cream texture creamier and more rich in taste.
***You can substitute heavy cream with half and half if you want less calories. It still tastes good.
- In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer on low speed (or a whisk if you don’t have a hand mixer), combine milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Turn on your ice cream maker and pour mixture into frozen freezer bowl. Mix until thickened, around 20 minutes. When done, ice cream will have a creamy, yet soft texture. If you want a firmer consistency, place the ice cream into an airtight container and place in freezer for another 2 hours.
This vanilla ice cream is perfect to add your favorite toppings as well, from fresh fruit and chopped nuts to sprinkles, the possibilities are endless for this versatile dessert.
Hope you enjoy!