Homemade Vanilla Custard Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Custard Ice CreamThis is my favorite homemade vanilla ice cream recipe.  I have been making it for decades and it is always a hit.  It’s one of those recipes that has to be cooked and it contains eggs, so it is a little bit more involved than other recipes.  The extra work is definitely worth it, however.  The results are a heavenly, creamy “iced custard” that explodes in your mouth with vanilla flavor.Homemade Vanilla Custard


Homemade Vanilla Custard Ice Cream
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups half and half
  • ⅛ cup vanilla
  1. Heat milk in a pan to 175 degrees.
  2. You must use a candy thermometer while heating the milk.
  3. Stir in the sugar and salt until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add some of the milk mixture to the bowl in which you beat the eggs, tempering the eggs (raising them to the temperature of the milk so the eggs don't cook when added)
  5. Whisk the egg mixture into the milk mixture.
  6. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. (about 160 degrees)
  7. Remove from heat and add the half and half and the vanilla.
  8. Refrigerate in the metal pan (to speed cooling).
  9. When totally cold, pour into a frozen ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.
  10. Freeze 2 hours before serving.

16 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Custard Ice Cream

  1. >thank you for sharing this! i got an ice cream maker for my wedding and never used it because I didn’t have any recipes.

  2. >I agree – there is nothing better and I always wonder if I should buy them when I see them like new at yard sales. 🙂

  3. >This ice cream looks fantastic! I don’t have an ice cream machine so I will be content just drooling over this post.

  4. >Yum!!!

    We need to dust off our ice cream maker. (we’ve got the hand crank kind…at least you get your work out before eating gobs of ice cream! LOL!)

  5. >What an excellent pictorial. Your recipe sounds very doable! I was trying to find a simple custard based recipe but didn't land on one like yours. I will be giving it a try soon. Thanks to much for joining me for the Ice Cream Social. So many great recipes and Ice cream memories!

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