Prepare the Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream in 3 Simple Steps

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We’re all screaming for homemade vanilla ice cream—me included! This dessert is incredibly simple to prepare, rich, creamy, and full of vanilla flavor. 

How recently have you made ice cream at home? It was far much longer ago if it wasn’t this summer. 

Get out the frozen treat maker and start making this recipe for homemade ice cream right away! 

The Smooth Vanilla Ice Cream

Any grocery shop will sell vanilla ice cream, but it will never taste as nice as homemade ice cream. 

Even chocolate lovers will like the decadent vanilla flavor of this homemade ice cream, which is thick and creamy. 

What’s the best thing, then? It’s really simple to prepare this homemade ice cream recipe. 

That means five ingredients and about fifteen minutes of hands-on preparation. 

To be quite honest, this recipe calls for some patience throughout a few hands-off steps, but once you try this homemade ice cream, I believe the wait was well worth it. 

It is the ultimate summertime confection. 

The Ingredients For Vanilla Ice Cream

Only five staple items are needed to make this homemade ice cream recipe:Prepare the Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream in 3 Simple Steps

  • Whole Milk: I do not advise swapping it out for skim or reduced-fat milk. The higher fat content of whole milk guarantees a creamy, rather than an iced, handmade ice cream.  
  • Vanilla Extract: For the taste of warm vanilla. A fun substitute is to use vanilla bean paste, if you chance to have some on hand. It imparts to the ice cream a mottled vanilla bean appearance along with an identical rich vanilla flavor.
  • Heavy Cream. It produces a thick creamier foundation.
  • Salt, To bring out every flavor!
  • Cane Sugar, For the sweet taste. 
  • No Eggs? Eggs or egg yolks are included in certain handmade ice cream recipes to add richness or thickness. I exclude them from this recipe because it’s so easy to make without them. It tastes just as good, in my opinion, without a custard base!

Steps to Make the Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

So now you have what you need! This is my straightforward ice cream-making recipe:

  • First things foremost! Freeze the ice cream maker’s container at least 12 hours before you wish to prepare homemade ice cream. 

The ice cream will not be set unless it is completely cold. 

  • Prepare the ice cream foundation next. I suggest starting this step two to twenty-four hours ahead of time. 

The ice cream won’t thicken as well when you whip it if you make it less than two hours in advance.

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt; cook over medium-low heat. 

Heat for five minutes, stirring often, or until the mixture is thoroughly warmed through and the sugar is completely dissolved.

Topping and Variations

Although this ice cream tastes great without any toppings, they are not bad! To get you commenced, consider these few topping suggestions:

  • Try a fruity dish, such as your preferred fresh fruit or compote made with strawberries or blueberries. Cherries, blueberries, and sliced bananas would all be excellent options.
  • Spread with almond or peanut butter, or top with toasty almond or peanut crumbs. Coconut shreds also make a delicious topping!
  • While chocolate chips are usually a fantastic choice, a sundae elevated with brownie pieces or broken chocolate chip cookies is quite remarkable.
  • Hot confection, fluffy cream, and/or coated caramel sauce are always a good combination.

How to Store the Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream?

The creamy frozen treat can be moved from the maker’s bowl into a quart-sized airtight container with the help of a scraper. 

If you’d like, you can stop ice crystals from accumulating by pressing a piece of foil or wrapping paper into the topmost layer of the ice cream. Freeze for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of one month. 

After the first day, you might need to let the ice cream remain at ambient temperature for a few minutes before scooping it; otherwise, it will be simple to scoop. A longer stay in the freezer makes it stiffer.

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