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Simple Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

Simple Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

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  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 pints 1x


Cool down with this Simple Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe that requires no eggs. Just simply use whole milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and a vanilla bean for added flavor.


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  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 2 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, combine milk, heavy cream, and sugar. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Add the vanilla extract and split the vanilla bean in half with a sharp knife. Use the back of a knife and scrape the bean’s insides from the vanilla bean pod and stir. 
  2. Add to the milk mixture along with the vanilla extract and whisk until well combined. Add the vanilla bean to the milk mixture to extract more flavor. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight to chill. 
  3. Pour the ice cream mixture into the machine and churn according to the ice cream machine manufacturer’s instructions. Once the mixture has turned into soft ice cream, place it in a container and allow it to freeze in the freezer for, at least, 4 hours to become more firm.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Freeze
  • Cuisine: American