Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Homemade vanilla ice cream is pretty hard to beat. At least in Little Buddy’s book. It’s his favorite. No elaborate Coffee Almond Fudge or even that Brownie, Butterfinger Chunk I’ve been thinking about since last week.

But I have some good news for you. Well, and for me, too. This recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream serves well as a base to so many other flavors. Just start with this recipe and then add in your favorite mix-ins like cookies, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, caramel, or even this Georgia girl’s favorite, peach.

It’s so easy to make. Six essential ingredients for the ice cream itself, along with ice and ice cream salt if you are using a traditional ice cream churn.

But, one lucky reader won the Cuisinart 2 quart ice cream maker in my Memorial Day Weekend giveaway. Let me just say that y’all blew me away with your response to the giveaway. I truly wish I had one to give each and every one of you!

You also blew me away with all of the fantastic combinations for your favorite ice cream flavors. I plan to work my way through quiet a few of them this summer, trying to figure out just the right recipe for them. For those that I figure out, I’ll surely share the recipe.

So, without further ado, the winner of the Cuisinart 2 quart ice cream maker is comment #415- Jennifer Orenstein.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from addapinch.com

Congratulations Jennifer! Contact me so we can get your ice cream maker shipped right out to you!


Okay, so here’s how I make my homemade vanilla ice cream.




Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
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A classic, homemade recipe perfect by itself or as a base for other ice cream flavors
Serves: 8, makes 2 quarts
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups half and half
  • pinch of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients and pour into container of ice cream maker.
  2. Make according to ice cream maker directions.
  3. Remove from churn and serve immediately or freeze until ready to serve.

About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    This looks so perfectly refreshing!

  2. 2

    I’ve never tried adding sweetened condensed milk to my ice cream–I’ve got to give that a go! We made fresh strawberry ice cream today; another one that’s hard to beat. :)

  3. 3

    Perfect summertime treat! Love the photo!

  4. 4
    Alice Marsh says:

    Do you need to cook the mixture before you freeze it?
    I make a custard with condensed milk that is terrific
    so I am excited to try an ice-cream.
    Thanks for the idea! Alice

  5. 6

    This looks delicious…I could use one out on my patio right about now :)

  6. 7

    And make sure Jennifer posts a recipe for Dark Chocolate with Raspberry ice cream!

  7. 8

    You really can’t beat homemade vanilla ice cream – soo good! And I love your suggestion to add some fruit to it. Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to start making homemade ice cream now that it’s starting to warm up!!!
    Star Hughes Living

  8. 9
    David Greenstein says:

    What is the purpose of the “pinch of salt” in the recipe?

  9. 10

    I have many ice cream recipes, but you are so right, sometimes the only thing that we want is vanilla…I’ll follow you everywhere!


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