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French Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

This luscious ice cream has a base enriched with egg yolks and flavored with a vanilla bean. Dry and reserve the bean after you make the custard, then pop it in your sugar container for a vanilla boost. You can add flavorings to the ice cream just after it has churned or later, after it has been frozen.


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size 1/2 cup
  • Calories (kcal) : 370
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 290
  • Fat (g): 32
  • Saturated Fat (g): 19
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 230
  • Sodium (mg): 65
  • Carbohydrates (g): 17
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Sugar (g): 17
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Set a medium bowl over a bowl of ice water. In a large bowl, whisk the yolks, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the salt.
  • Combine the cream, milk, and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and bean to the cream mixture. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until almost simmering. Remove from the heat, and slowly pour the cream mixture into the egg mixture in a steady stream, whisking constantly.
  • Return to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a silicone or wooden spatula, until the custard reaches 175°F and lightly coats the spatula. Strain into the bowl set over ice water. Let cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Churn in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Store in the freezer before using, or add mix-ins and then freeze.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • MAJofMass | 07/26/2019

    Very tasty ice cream. Flavored it with 2 T of fresh grated orange peel before refrigerating the day before I put it in the ice cream machine to fully saturate the flavor. Needed to redistribute the orange peel as I put it in a storage container for the freezer after the machine as the churning mechanism gets clogged up with the peel - but worth it all!

  • user-6063270 | 05/26/2019


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