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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe - Just a few ingredients and no ice cream machine needed!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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You can’t go wrong with this creamy classic. Indulge in a scoop of vanilla ice cream or use it as a base in over fifty of my ice cream recipes.

Hi Bold Bakers!

Now that summer is in the air, it’s finally time to start busting out my favorite frozen dessert recipes. If you’re anything like me, your favorite way to cool down is to indulge in a big ol’ scoop of ice cream. I’ve created every ice cream flavor under the sun from Mint Chocolate Chip to Butter Pecan. While I love to get creative in the kitchen and come up with all kinds of bold flavors, at the end of the day I truly live for classic homemade vanilla ice cream.

After all, if it’s not broken… don’t fix it!

What are the Ingredients to Make Ice Cream?

As always, the base for my ice vanilla ice cream is the master recipe for my 2-Ingredient No Machine Ice Cream. For those of you who are not familiar, my recipe is simply heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk whipped up to yield you a creamy, customizable canvas. This is your ice cream base. You can add any mix-in to your ice cream base so get really creative. That being said, this vanilla ice cream recipe is a fan favorite on its own, and if you haven’t tried it yet you have got to put it on the top of your list!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

How Do You Make Vanilla Ice Cream?

If you have never made this ice cream before, it’s going to change the way you think about homemade ice cream. Most ice cream recipes require making a custard with eggs, milk, and cream and then churning them in an ice cream machine to achieve the right texture. Well, all you need to make my homemade vanilla ice cream is a hand or stand mixer, some heavy whipping cream, a can of sweetened condensed milk and good quality vanilla extract. Vanilla acts as the flavoring and keeps your ice cream soft and scoopable once frozen. If you really want to put some elbow grease into it, you can always whip it up with a bowl and a whisk too.

What makes my homemade ice cream recipe foolproof is the process of combining plain whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. The whipping cream is full and rich and, once whipped with the condensed milk, the 2 ingredients are transformed into a rich ice cream with all the body and sweetness of its store-bought alternative. Finally, I add vanilla extract and the seeds scraped from a vanilla pod. After this mixture sets in the freezer for just 5-6 hours, you’ll yield the most decadent vanilla-infused ice cream.

It’s nothing short of ice cream heaven!

How Do You Make Condensed Milk?

Sweetened condensed milk is super important to this recipe and cannot be substituted. Luckily, homemade condensed milk is simple to make if you aren’t able to buy some locally or would prefer to make it from scratch.

How Long Does Homemade Ice Cream Last?

Just like regular ice cream, my homemade vanilla ice cream can be kept in the freezer for quite a while. If stored in an airtight container, your ice cream will keep for up to 6 weeks. That’s right. Your dessert will always be waiting for you and you will never be waiting for it.

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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe - Just a few ingredients and no ice cream machine needed!
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Indulge in a scoop of vanilla ice cream or use it as a base in over fifty of my homemade ice cream recipes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 pints
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 2 cups (16oz/450 ml ) cold heavy whipping cream (all purpose cream or heavy cream)
  • 14 ounces (1 can/ 400ml) cold sweetened condensed milk (fat-free or regular)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean pod
  1. Using a hand or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment whip the cold cream on medium/ high speed until soft peaks form.
  2. Turn off the machine and pour the condensed milk into the whipped cream.
  3. Turn the speed up to high and whisk until the mixture is thick and stiff peaks form. Turn off the machine and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Carefully scrape the seeds out of one vanilla bean pod. Add the seeds to your ice cream base and give it a mix.
  5. Transfer your vanilla ice cream mixture to an air-tight sealable container and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight before eating.
  6. Keep stored in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

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  1. Grumpysanta on March 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Recently saw this being done by Mary Berry, she added rum soaked raisins, searched on line and found your site. I decided to try your recipe out and added fresh raspberries to the mix, some crushed and some whole. This has to be the creamiest ice cream I’ve eaten and it needs a sharp fruit to offset the sweetness of the base ice cream , love the taste and the simplicity of it all.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 31, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Mary Berry made this ice cream? oh I’m honored.

      The rum raisins are a fantastic idea! Also the alcohol will mean the ice cream won’t freeze sold and it will be scoopable.


  2. Terisa Behara on March 31, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Hi Emma I have tried the ice cream base using whipping cream and condensed milk post that added different flavoured essence and kept in freezer. Everything went well the texture is soft and creamy. However, the ice isn’t set despite of freezing it for 2 days it’s still creamy. I am still wondering where is the problem. My family says it’s good but tasting like a pastry cream. What should I do to get the binding

    • Gemma Stafford on March 31, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Terisa,

      Hum, it is on the creamier side for sure but it should have frozen. Because it’s just the 2 ingredients it does tend to be softer than churned ice cream.


    • Michael Hinton on March 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm

      Just a thought, did you make sure the condensed milk was cold as from the fridge, does say in the recipe that the condensed milk has to be cold in order to freeze properly.

      • Gemma Stafford on March 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm

        great point! that’s really important.

    • Grumpysanta on March 31, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      I read somewhere that the condensed milk needs to be cold as well for the mix to work and freeze properly, did you keep your condensed milk in the fridge for several hours before making the ice cream. I did and it worked perfectly first time.

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