Recipe: How to Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Did you purchase the vanilla beans I told you about the other day? Or do you have any sitting in your pantry?  Well, you’ll definitely want to set at least one vanilla bean aside and make a batch of this ice cream with it.  Plain and simple, the recipe rocks.  My family prefers it over Häagen-Dazs and I’ve been making it for so long now, that I know it by heart and Ican’t even remember where I found the recipe in the first place.

You probably already know this, but once you start making real ice cream at home, it’s pretty stinkin’ hard to go back to buying it at the grocery store.  So watch out, ice cream made from scratch could possibly turn you into one of those “foodie” snobs.  Hey, it happens.  And I don’t think it’s a bad thing either.  It simply means you have taste buds.


6 fresh egg yolks
2 cups milk {I used 2%}
4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup sugar
seeds of 1 vanilla bean


Combine egg yolks, sugar and vanilla seeds in a mixing bowl. Add milk.
Heat mixture in a double boiler until it coats the back of spoon {about 5-7 minutes}.
Place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool down {about 2 hours}.
Remove the mixture from the refrigerator, add gently stir in whipping cream just until combined.

Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

* I made this batch yesterday in 80 degree heat, so it turned out a bit soft. When/if that happens, just stick your pan of ice cream in the freezer for 2-3 hours and it will firm up.

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Yahoooo!  Let me know what time you’ll be serving dessert.  I’ll bring my own spoon!

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  1. Kim says


    I need your advice… I just went to Home Depot and they had literally hundreds of flowers that were stacked high in carts that were dried up and dying. Most of them probably only need a little TLC. They told me that they throw them away rather than clearance price them because they would lose money by selling them. Is it okay to dumpster dive after they close?

    • Mavis says

      I think you should ask Home Depot if you could back come at closing time and take them home. If they are throwing the plants away, I don’t see why they wouldn’t just let you have them. No need to dumpster dive. Although if you do, be sure and wear a head lamp. 😉

  2. Kim L. says

    A word of caution to everyone . . . dumpster diving is considered Grand Theft! I was getting boxes from a dumpster at a local grocery store. We use the boxes to help control weeds . . andway 15 minutes later here was the local county police officer, grocery store owner and a mess. I was not arrested because they could see I was just getting boxes but was issued a ticket . . . a $250.00 ticket. Expensive lesson!

  3. says

    I don’t have any vanilla beans could I possible use vanilla extract? I know it won’t be as good as the bean.

    Thank you! Love your blog!

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