Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream and a Tasty Giveaway

Well, it certainly is ice cream season, huh?? With all these hot, hot, hot temps still hanging over everyone, I decided to keep it nice and simple with some homemade ice cream today. And what’s easier than classic, creamy vanilla?

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, it’s definitely a good investment. Ice cream can be pretty pricey.

A few years ago, my husband bought me a Donvier manual ice cream maker. I love this thing! It’s very easy to use and makes really delicious ice cream. It’s supposed to make one quart at a time, but mine holds a quart and a half perfectly.

It breaks down into pieces, like so, which makes for easier storage.

The inside is a liquid filled canister that you freeze overnight before making the ice cream. Once it’s frozen, you just reassemble everything and pour the ice cream mix in, then follow the very easy directions! In about 30 minutes, you’ll have soft serve ice cream. For harder ice cream, just transfer the soft cream into a container with a lid and freeze for a few hours.

At the time that the hubster got me the ice cream maker, we were living in Vermont, the Ben & Jerry’s capital of the world! They are, by far, my favorite ice cream makers!! In the three years that we lived there, we toured the Ben & Jerry’s factory and ate our body weights in their ice cream several times over! There are no Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops like the ones in Vermont! They have all the flavors! It’s fantastic!

Since I was so in love with Ben & Jerry’s, my husband also got me the best recipe book ever. Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book is the perfect ice cream recipe book. Everything I’ve made from it, so far, has turned out great and has been delicious! The recipes are all easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to find. Today’s recipe is slightly altered from this book, and it’s the only vanilla I make. I’ve tried several others, but for ease and taste, this one is the best.

For this version of vanilla, you need heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and eggs. The ingredients shown here are enough for a double batch (two quarts).

Combine the heavy cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Next, whisk the eggs together until light and fluffy (two to three minutes). Gradually whisk in all of the sugar and continue mixing.

The mixture should be thick and almost creamy when you’re done whisking.

Once the milk mixture has reached a soft simmer, very slowly whisk it into the egg mixture in small increments (about a quarter cup at a time) to temper the egg mixture. Once you’ve slowly whisked about three-quarters of the cream mixture into the eggs, you can pour the rest in and return the mixture to the saucepan.

Over medium heat, and whisking often, bring the mixture to 170 degrees to kill any salmonella that may be lurking.

Allow the mixture to cool for about thirty minutes before whisking in the vanilla, then allow it to cool further until it is about room temperature (if it’s too hot, it will melt the ice in the maker).

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Serve right away for a softer serve ice cream.

Or chill for three to four hours for hard serve! I like it better this way because it doesn’t melt as fast.

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s easy to change the flavor! Just mix in your favorite nuts or candies (or both), and you can even make it mint or another flavor by adding about a quarter to a half teaspoon (depending on your taste) of extract to the mix.

Plus, there’s always room for sprinkles! Enjoy, and because you’ve all been so wonderfully patient and understanding with me over these last couple of months, because I love you for it, today I’m giving away a copy ofmy favorite ice cream recipe book!

Tasty Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, just answer the following questions in the comment section below:

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate? Vanilla? Chocolate Oatmeal Oreo Peanut Butter Mint? Or maybe you like popsicles more? What’s your frozen treat poison?

I’m a Mint chocolate chip Oreo with a fudge swirl (Grasshopper) kinda girl myself. But I won’t say no to classic chocolate, or vanilla, or chocolate fudge brownie…or just about any ice cream. Except fruit. I’m not a fruity ice cream fan. Fruit is reserved for popsicles, in my case…or gelato, but that’s a whole different ball game!

One entry per person, please.
No entries after 7:00 pm Eastern Time Sunday (August 15).
Winner will be selected at random and announced Monday morning!

Good luck and I’m looking forward to reading your answers!!

Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream
Make 1 quart

Ingredients

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream and milk over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs together until light and fluffy (two to three minutes). Gradually whisk in all of the sugar and continue mixing until thick and cream-like.

Once the milk mixture has reached a soft simmer, very slowly whisk it into the egg mixture in small increments (about a quarter cup at a time) to temper the eggs. Once you’ve slowly whisked about three-quarters of the cream mixture into the eggs, you can pour the rest in and return the mixture to the saucepan. Over medium heat, and whisking often, bring the mixture to 170 degrees to kill any salmonella that may be lurking.

Allow the mixture to cool for about thirty minutes before whisking in the vanilla, then allow it to cool further until it is about room temperature (if it’s too hot, it will melt the ice in the maker).

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.

adapted from Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book

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  1. CVrettos says

    I like Vanilla but then can easily add things on top like fudge and caramel…or just sprinkles…or oreos/heath bits…mmmm

  2. Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf says

    Normally I go with a nice chocolate or coffee flavor, but Haagen-Dazs Five Lemon is my all-time favorite ice cream!

  3. Karen says

    My favorite ice cream flavor of all time is B&J's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. Soooooo yummy and tied to lots of fun memories :)

    Andy's favorite is Chubby Hubby :)

  4. Annie Brooks says

    I like vanilla the best because it is so versitile and I can mix in my own fruit or cookies, candy sprinkles, carmel or chocolate. I only buy ice cream that I can pronounce and know what the ingredients are,(cream, sugar, vanilla, eggs).

  5. cynthiesmom says

    I love a hot fudge with cherry pie filling and nut sundae. Oh, and don't forget the home made whipped cream. The best is with chocolate fudge swirl ice-cream. A bit rich, but I love it!!!!

  6. MorganRose says

    Simple coffee ice cream gets me every time! When I was little (thinking about 5) we were out of coffee ice cream and only had vanilla…my dad made coffee, then cooled it and mixed some into vanilla! YUM!

  7. Angela Bowers says

    I go for the darkest, blackest chocolate available anywhere I go that has Ice Cream? Of the ones I've made, I am most in love with the chocolate peanut butter and the butterscotch pecan.

  8. HGDentry says

    I love chocolate, but my all-time favorite is raspberry sherbet! I LOVE the tangy tartness of every bite and look forward to my evening serving every single night!!!!

  9. A day in the life of a Super Autism Mommy! says

    mmmm strawberry cheesecake is my all time favorite.. ;) I can eat the whole thing without sharing! LOL

  10. Season says

    coffee lovers had me at first bite from cold stone… now i make it on my own (coffee ice cream, roasted almonds, heath bar and carmel sauce) YUM!!!

  11. Courtney says

    My fav ice cream is just plain chocolate…but my fav treat (or poison!!) is the fudge brownie sunday from Steak-n-Shake…it's the evil

  12. Meghan says

    My husbands Banana Split ice cream treat – has everything I love! But if he doesn't make that, & need something out of a box, then Strawberry Cheesecake

  13. Ms. Forgetful says

    My all time fav has got to be Ben & Jerry's 'Chunky Monkey'. What can i say i love bananas. Besides how cute is the name? I mean come on Chunky Monkey? Just makes you think of some cute little tubby monkey lol.

  14. Sugarbear says

    I forgot all about Compton's, Mandy! I looooved that place when I was a kid. Now I'll have to go there next time I'm visiting! Thanks for the reminder! :)

  15. Laura says

    I saw this book a few weeks back at a local secondhand bookstore. Now, I wish I had gotten it, despite the fact that I don’t have an ice cream maker (yet).

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