Homemade french vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in two round white bowls with stainless steel spoons on a dark slate board on a dark wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream

Keep unnecessary ingredients out of your favorite dessert and make some homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream this weekend.

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Ever since I was a kid, ice cream has always been one of my favorites! I remember a good friend having one of those kid’s ice cream makers and we would use that often in the summer. Now, I have the adult version: the ice cream bowl for the stand mixer.

And it’s awesome! I’ve tried a few different flavors of ice cream and they are all delicious. But you can’t beat the classic French Vanilla Ice Cream.

When using the ice cream bowl, you have to make sure to freeze the bowl at least 24 hours before you are ready to use it. This isn’t something you can make on a whim unless you have room to keep the bowl in the freezer at all time. We don’t have room for that.

The texture of homemade ice cream, including the French Vanilla ice cream, is closer to a soft-serve than the type you get in a tub at the grocery store. Plus, as with anything you make from scratch, you have better control over the ingredients.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preparation

Place the ice cream freezer bowl in the freezer.

Heat the half-and-half and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until warm, about 7-8 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Ice cream base in a saucepan on a dark wooden surface

Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds.

Whisked eggs and sugar in a stainless steel bowl on a dark wooden surface

Slowly add the half-and-half mixture until well blended.

Eggs mixed with whipping cream in a stainless steel bowl on a dark wooden surface

Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it starts to bubble at the edges (don’t boil), stirring constantly.

Heated ice cream base in a saucepan on a dark wooden surface

Pour the warm mixture into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt.

Whisked ice cream base with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a dark wooden surface

Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. Assemble the ice cream attachment as directed. Set the mixer to the lowest speed and slowly pour the chilled ice cream mixture into the freezer bowl. Stir for 15-20 minutes, until the ice cream thickens. Pour into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Churned ice cream in a loaf pan on a dark wooden surface

Serve immediately upon removing from the freezer as it melts quickly.

Homemade french vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in two round white bowls with stainless steel spoons on a dark slate board on a dark wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Store any remaining French vanilla ice cream in a sealed container in the freezer. It will keep for up to 2 weeks as long as it is tightly sealed.

Recipe

Originally Published On: May 3, 2021

Homemade french vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in two round white bowls with stainless steel spoons on a dark slate board on a dark wooden surface

French Vanilla Ice Cream

Keep unnecessary ingredients out of your favorite dessert and make some homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream this weekend.
Prep Time 1 hour
Freeze Time 10 hours
Total Time 11 hours
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
Keyword:
ice cream
Dietary Needs:
Gluten-Free
|
Nut-Free
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Place the ice cream freezer bowl in the freezer
  • Heat the half-and-half and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat until warm, about 7-8 minutes, stirring often
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to cool
  • Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds
  • Slowly add the half-and-half mixture until well blended
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until it starts to bubble at the edges (don’t boil), stirring constantly
  • Pour the warm mixture into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight
  • Assemble the ice cream attachment as directed
  • Set the mixer to the lowest speed and slowly pour the chilled ice cream mixture into the freezer bowl
  • Stir for 15-20 minutes, until the ice cream thickens
  • Pour into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 4 hours
  • Serve immediately upon removing from the freezer as it melts quickly
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Nutrition Facts
French Vanilla Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 796IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

French Vanilla Ice Cream FAQs

Why is it called “French” Vanilla Ice Cream?

When ice cream is made with a base that contains eggs, it’s called French.
Src: https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-vanilla-and-french-vanilla-ice-cream-245044

What ice cream bowl do I need?

This recipe was created using the Ice Cream Maker Attachment for the Kitchen Aid Mixer. You can find it on Amazon HERE.

Why does my French vanilla ice cream have a yellow tint?

That’s actually the eggs in the ice cream. And it’s one of the differences between French vanilla ice cream and regular vanilla. Regular vanilla ice cream doesn’t have that yellow tint since it doesn’t have egg yolks in it to add color.

How do I use the ice cream bowl attachment?

Once the bowl is in place, add the ice cream paddle piece into the bowl. Carefully slide the drive assembly over the mixer attachment. When you tilt the mixer back down, it should rest on top of the inner paddle.
More Info: https://producthelp.kitchenaid.com/Countertop_Appliances/Stand_Mixer_Attachments/Sweets_and_Desserts/Ice_Cream_Maker/How_to_Assemble_the_Ice_Cream_Maker_-_Tilt-Head_Mixer

4 thoughts on “Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. Yum yum 😍I am fond of ice creams and vanilla is one of my fav flavors ❤️I have never tried making ice creams at home, thinking that it would be a daunting task 😛But, now I am gonna try your recipe!

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