Smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream that tastes just like the old-fashioned ice cream you get at a fancy ice cream parlor! Load up this easy ice cream with all your favorite ice cream toppings!
It’s FRIDAY, FRIDAY eat-ice-cream-til-you-die day.
Die from happiness, that is. And I can tell you firsthand that it has been done before. I pretty much died within seconds after my first taste of this beyond-all-compare vanilla ice cream.
My family was recently complaining that I NEVER make homemade ice cream enough and that summertime is make-and-eat-ice-cream-every-single-day time.
That’s my family for you in a nutshell. Weirdos.
Well after that conversation went down, it dawned on me that A: It’s August now. B: I let National Ice Cream month slip through my fingers without sharing a single ice cream recipe with you guys.
Bringing us to C: That’s just sadness. And therefore, I am apologizing from the bottom of my ice-cream-loving heart how sorry I am for not participating in the best month of the year.
It is definitely time for some catch-up. Heeeeeere we go. 😀
We’re going all the way back to the classics today folks, with pretty much the most basic ice cream on the planet.
I know, I know, everyone and their brother claims to have a “foolproof” and “best-ever” homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, but today I’m sharing my take on vanilla IC that just so happens to be foolproof and pretty much the best vanilla ice cream out there.
P.S. I haven’t tried EVERY single version of vanilla ice cream yet, but I’m just being realistic here. 😉
This ice cream is just about as simple and classic as it gets, people. No fancy tricks. No weird ingredients. There aren’t even any eggs in this ice cream either, keeping the calories waaaaay lower than most vanilla ice creams. (I purposely left the eggs out for this reason AND because I dislike an “eggy” flavor in my ice cream)
But it yields the PERFECT scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream every time.
Super-smooth and creamy. Spot-on vanilla flavor. Oh-so cold and refreshing. Basically EVERYTHING a classic vanilla ice cream should be. Definitely no ho-hum flavors here!
This ice cream reminds me of gourmet ice cream parlor ice cream. You know, those places that have a million flavors to choose from, but always have an absolutely perfect vanilla ice cream that tastes like a piece of frozen heaven.
That also always comes with a pretty hefty pricetag too. Ouch.
Good news, people! You don’t have to break the bank, just to get a perfect scoop of vanilla ice cream. All you’ll need is an ice cream maker, 5 ingredients, and a few minutes of your time.
Sounds like an EPIC way to spend a muggy-hot August afternoon, if you ask me. 😉
Oh, and do NOT forget the toppings on this ice cream. The sky’s the LIMIT as far as ice cream toppings go. Me? I’m usually up for either a fresh, fruity topping or something totally decadent and preferably chocolate-y covering my 1000 scoops of ice cream.
Heck, let’s just pile it BOTH on!
P.S. Hot fudge sauce recipe coming soon. 😀
Trust me when I say you’re gonna want to lick your bowl clean. Possibly even going back for another scoop or 20.
It’s Friday, so I say GO FOR IT!
Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
- 2 cups milk divided
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup xylitol or sugar
- 2-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, whisk 1-1/2 cups milk, cream, and xylitol (or sugar) until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch until smooth. Add to saucepan mixture, whisking until combined.
- Bring milk mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a 2 qt container and let chill until completely cold, several hours. (or overnight)
- Once mixture is cold, transfer to an ice cream maker. Churn ice cream according to manufacturers directions.
- Transfer churned ice cream back to container and let freeze until solid before serving. (about 3 hours)
P.S. My family gave this ice cream their stamp of approval by eating all of it and only saving me one tiny scoop. WAAAHH.
Looking for more ways to beat the heat? Gotcha’ covered!