The Best and Easy 3 – ingredient (yep!) Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe explained step by step with pictures. This is the base for many ice cream recipes (we have our very own Sizzling Brownie Recipe that uses this as the base) and it is a must you get to know how to make this. Whether you merely want to astound your friends and family or kick start your favorite ice cream using this as the base, this recipe helps you get there!

WHAT KIND OF A VANILLA ICE CREAM RECIPE IS THIS

Vanilla Ice Cream With toppings

There are many ways to make a vanilla ice cream at home, and we have here one of the easiest ways to make that soft, creamy and super delicious ice cream that you could make.

  • This vanilla ice cream has been made with no eggs and only 3 ingredients.
  • This recipe has been made without an ice cream maker.
  • Our 3 ingredients are Fresh Whipped Cream, Thick Condensed Milk and good quality Vanilla Extract. That’s it!

These three above are highlighted because the vanilla ice cream typically has eggs as one of the ingredients and also makes use of an ice cream maker. We wanted to steer clear of this way to cater to all audience and impress the fact that an ice cream can be made as creamy and delicious as you get using an ice cream maker with eggs.

Vanilla Ice Cream Scoop and check for consistency

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM – STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Below steps show you the detailed instructions to make a beautifully tasting homemade vanilla ice cream.

INGREDIENTS

  1.  Sweetened Condensed Milk – This is the most essential ingredient for this recipe. This needs to be really right – the thickness, the consistency, and the taste. While you can get buy it locally, but to make sure you get it right, homemade condensed milk recipe is simple and best made at home and that is what we did here to make our recipe.
  2. Fresh Whipped Cream – Again, a vital ingredient that determines the final texture of our ice cream. The thickness and softness of the vanilla ice cream depending on how you make this. You master this and you are a master of many recipes! 🙂 You typically do not get whipped cream directly off the store, you need to make it from fresh cream by yourself. So make sure to buy a good quality and really fresh cream! And here is the recipe to make that wonderful whipped cream at home!
  3. Vanilla Extract – Make sure to buy a good quality extract. This extract gives the required flavor to the ice cream and also helps in the consistency – in the sense, it doesn’t allow the ice cream to harden too much!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

STEP 1

The first step is to make a tasty whipped cream, follow the link – all and anything that is required to make a tasty whipped cream using fresh cream has been detailed in the post. Just make sure to keep these points in mind:

  • Make sure the fresh cream is cold and thick. Remove anything that is watery. It doesn’t go well with making the whipped cream.
  • Keep the bowls and cream cold, the cream will be better only in cold conditions.
  • Beat the fresh cream in intervals while checking consistently as suggested. Overbeating could lead to butter.
  • The whipped cream could also be made using a hand whisker manually, but that is going to take a longer time to make and much harder, nevertheless – possible. It is a matter of time. You need to keep beating hard for 30 minutes at least.

Step 1 - Prepare Whipping Cream

We have a detailed review of the best 5 electric hand beaters to help you choose the hand mixer that is needed for your kitchen that makes your life easy to make whipping cream! Our recommendation is Bosch Comfort MFQ22100 375-Watt Hand Mixer (White)

STEP 2

Next step is to make the condensed milk if you haven’t. Again, this has been detailed to a ‘T’ in the link below, please make sure to follow this recipe on how to make the best sweetened condensed milk.

If you have the condensed milk ready, add this and vanilla extract to the whipping cream.

STEP 3

Mix/Beat well using an electric beater on medium speed. You can add sugar here if you want the ice cream to taste sweeter. But the condensed milk should be sweet enough generally. If you are beating manually, you need to beat for at least 30 minutes. Using electric beater, beat for 10 minutes.

Stop when the consistency is thick and creamy!

Step 2 - Add Condensed Milk and Vanilla Extract

STEP 4

Once the mix has been beaten well, move it to an airtight container and freeze for 4 hours to semi-set the ice cream. After 4 hours beat again for 10 minutes and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

Step 3 - Beat the mix and move to airtight container

STEP 5

You will now find that the ice cream has been set – a beautiful, tasty delicious vanilla ice cream recipe made at home that you and your family will love.

You can add any topping you like – chocolate sauce, sugar sprinkles, honey, nuts and so on to make it tastier!

Vanilla Ice Cream After Freezing

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Prep Time: 10 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Homemade Cuisines


The Best and Easy 3 - ingredients Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe explained step by step with pictures using whipped cream, condensed milk and vanilla extract.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fresh Cream (250 ml)
  • 1 cup Condensed Milk (250 ml)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract (you can use Vanilla Seeds as well)

Instructions

  1. First step is to make a good whipped cream, follow the link - all and anything that is required to make a good whipped cream using fresh cream has been detailed in the post. Just make sure to keep these points in mind:

    Make sure the fresh cream is cold and thick. Remove anything that is watery. It doesn’t go well with making the whipped cream.

    Keep the bowls and cream cold, the cream will be better only in cold conditions.

    Beat the fresh cream in intervals while checking consistently as suggested. Over beating could lead to butter.

    The whipped cream could also be made using a hand whisker manually, but that is going to take a longer time to make and much harder, nevertheless – possible. Its a matter of time. You need to keep beating hard for 30 minutes at least.

  2. Next step is to make the condensed milk if you haven't. Again, this has been detailed to a 'T' in the link, please make sure to follow this recipe on how to make the best sweetened condensed milk.

    If you have the condensed milk ready, add this and vanilla extract to the whipping cream.

  3. Mix/Beat well using an electric beater in medium speed. You can add sugar here if you want the ice cream to taste more sweet. But the condensed milk should be sweet enough generally. If you are beating manually, you need to beat for at least 30 minutes. Using electric beater, beat for 10 minutes.

    Stop when the consistency is thick and creamy!

  4. Once the mix has been beaten well, move it to an air tight container and freeze for 4 hours to semi-set the ice cream. After 4 hours beat again for 10 minutes and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

  5. You will now find that the ice cream has been set - a beautiful, tasty delicious vanilla ice cream recipe made at home that you and your family will love. 

Recipe Notes

    • The texture and taste of the vanilla ice cream depends on how you make the condensed milk and whipping cream. Make sure to follow the instructions in the respective recipe.

The whipping cream comes out thick only if the cream is whipped when cold!

    Make sure to buy a very good quality of fresh milk. This is very important.
    You can use vanilla seeds instead of vanilla extract. In this case, it is better to use an electric beater to mix the seeds completely.
Nutrition Facts
HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Potassium 199mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3.5g 7%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

How many calories are in a bowl of vanilla ice cream?

Considering a 100g ice cream cup, typically a vanilla ice cream has around 200 calories, so depending on your bowl size, it could be anywhere between 250 to 300 calories.

CAN i substitute vanilla extract for vanilla bean?

Oh yes! You can substitute vanilla extract with vanilla beans or seeds, but it might be a little more pricey to get the same flavor.

what are the best toppings for an ice cream?

  • Sugar Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce, Butterscotch Sauce
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Cut Fruits and Berries.

Do make this recipe and let us know how it came out. Feel free to provide your comments and rate if you like this!

Also check our other awesome Mango Ice Cream Recipe Using Condensed Milk and Cantaloupe Ice Cream Without Ice Cream Maker!