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Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is incredibly creamy and dreamy. This ice cream is a classic! Super simple and filled with tons of real little vanilla bean flecks.
It is finally hot here up in Northern Wisconsin, which means cold treats are a force of nature. Nothing beats a classic ice cream when you need a cold treat. Add some of your favorite mix ins to this classic ice cream or use it to make a sundae, ice cream cone, cookie sandwich, malt, or just eat it as is! It is so easy to make, requires no eggs, and no heating. This ice cream is going to be a new favorite to add to your homemade ice cream list!
Ingredients for Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- 16 oz heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups whole or 2% milk
- 1¼ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 vanilla beans
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
What should I do if I can't find vanilla beans?
If you can't find any vanilla beans in your local stores, you can try ordering them from Amazon or a kitchen specialty store. You can also substitute by adding another tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.
Does it matter if I use whole milk or 2% milk?
Not really, I have made this ice cream with both and there is not really a noticeable difference. Most times I use 2% because that is what I have on hand since I buy it normally for my family to drink. Both types of milk creates a creamy ice cream!
How to Make Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
First step, gather your ingredients and tools. Also, make sure you have read your instructional manual for your ice cream maker. My insert needs to be frozen, so I always keep in the freezer so it is ready at a moments notice.
Next, you will need to scrape the seeds out of the vanilla beans. Don't worry, it is simple. Take a sharp paring knife and slice lengthwise down the middle of the vanilla beans. Now using the point of the knife, scrape the beans out.
Now all you need to do is whisk all the ingredients together. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, vanilla seeds and salt until the sugar has dissolved. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture is ready and chilled, follow your ice cream makers instructions. Once the churning time is done, the ice cream will be a soft serve consistency. Put the ice cream in a freezer safe container and freeze for about 4 hours until the ice cream is firm.
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Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Using a sharp pairing knife, slice the vanilla beans lengthwise. Use the tip of the knife to scrape the seeds out of the vanilla beans.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, vanilla seeds, and salt until the sugar has dissolved.
- Cover the bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Follow your ice cream makers instructions to make the ice cream.
- Normally at the end of the churning time, the ice cream will be a soft serve consistency. Place the ice cream in a freezer safe container and freeze for about 4 hours until the ice cream is firm.