There is something about homemade ice cream which is simply the best. Fortunately, making ice cream is so easy these days. You just have to remember to freeze your ice cream bowl for at least a day ahead of time. This is the basic vanilla recipe that came from the users manual of my family’s old Donvier ice cream maker. I now use a Kitchen Aid with the ice cream attachment (which is great because the machine does all of the stirring) but the same Donvier recipe is still my go-to for French vanilla ice cream.
French vanilla is typically more rich and creamy than standard vanilla because the egg yolks and milk are cooked to make a custard prior to mixing the ice cream. This simplified version uses vanilla extract but you could use a vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the custard to get the black flecks of vanilla in your ice cream if desired.
You can stir the ice cream to reach your desired consistency. A word of warning, though: if you take a bite while it’s at milkshake or soft-serve consistency, you may never finish stirring it. It’s that good. To get it hard like store-bought ice cream, you will need to freeze it for several hours before serving it.
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups milk (or half and half)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large saucepan, beat the eggs, milk and sugar until well blended.
- Cook the egg mixture over low heat for roughly 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. It should smoothly coat the back of a wooden spoon.
- Let the mixture cool.
- Add the heavy cream and the vanilla.
- Stir until blended and refrigerate the mixture until it is completely chilled, for several hours or up to overnight.
- Following the instructions of your ice cream maker, pour the chilled mixture into your machine and stir it until the ice cream forms. It will typically be more like soft-serve when you first make it. If you want firmer ice cream, transfer it to a sealed container once it reaches the soft-serve consistency and let it freeze for several hours until it hardens.
- Recipe makes 1 quart of ice cream.
TIP: You can still make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Check out David Lebovitz’ article: How to Make Ice Cream Without a Machine.
Recipe source: Ice Cream The Donvier Way
You can buy a Donvier Ice Cream Maker online: Donvier 837409W 1-Quart Ice Cream Maker
Or a Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Attachment (which is what I use): KitchenAid KICA0WH Ice Cream Maker Attachment