Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 25 mins

cool down with a delicious bowl of vanilla bean ice cream!

Course: Ice Cream
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ice cream, vanilla ice cream
Servings: 1 quart
Calories: 2673 kcal
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  1. Heat the milk, salt and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat and steep for one hour.
  2. Set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer on top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.
  3. In a seperate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the yolks and milk back into the saucepan and cook over LOW heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.
  4. Strain the custard into the heavy cream, stir over the ice until cool, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Approximately 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Store in an airtight container and hide in the back of your freezer so you don't have to share!
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 2673 Calories from Fat 1872
% Daily Value*
Fat 208g320%
Saturated Fat 122g763%
Cholesterol 1653mg551%
Sodium 330mg14%
Potassium 777mg22%
Carbohydrates 179g60%
Sugar 163g181%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 8690IU174%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 701mg70%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.