A traditional cooked custard base is the key to this creamy ice cream with rich vanilla flavor. 'It is a family favorite that has been handed down and enjoyed for generations,' writes Mary Thompson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 'Whenever we serve it, we get lots of requests for the recipe.'

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Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
45 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon and reaches at least 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat; cool quickly by setting pan in ice and stirring the mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight or freeze immediately. When ready to freeze, pour custard and vanilla into the cylinder of an ice cream freezer. Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.


Nutrition Facts

302 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 19.9g; fat 23.8g; cholesterol 113.9mg; sodium 95.6mg. Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
We Wisconsinites are known for our frozen custard, and we like it rich! So instead of two eggs I used 1 egg and 3 egg yolks, and 1 T. of vanilla paste (has the little vanilla bean specks in it). Normally I temper the eggs separately as in traditional custards, but this method is a lot easier. If you have a candy thermometer, getting the mixture to as close to 180 degrees, being careful NOT to let it come to a boil, will produce the creamiest ice cream, as will care in not over churning. Proportions of milk, cream or half and half can vary so much in vanilla ice cream recipes, and this one is perfect! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
WOW! This is amazing! In the past, I have tried ice cream recipes, all of which have hardened once put in the freezer for storage. This recipe however, resulted in an ice cream which froze like any store bought ice cream, smooth and pliable. The flavor was also top notch! The only variation I made, was I added the seed of one vanilla bean into the custard mixture, as well as the vanilla extract. Highly recommended! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Be careful while cooking this! You don't want to get impatient and end up curdling the milk. For best results, make sure you get the mixture really cold before processing it. I used a Cuisinart ice cream freezer and it was ready at soft-serve consistency in 25 minutes. I served this over "best brownies" which I found on this website. It was a PERFECT combination. Oh, and a brief note: The high butterfat in this recipe tends to dull the vanilla flavor so don't be afraid to add extra vanilla. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I doubled this recipe to put in a 6 quart ice cream maker. It was wonderful. I also added blackberries. If you add berries make sure to mash them up beforehand or else they'll freeze into hard individual berries. The ice cream had a great texture and a nice custard flavor to it. Everyone loved it. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I was looking for a good homemade vanilla ice cream that has cooked eggs in it, so I tried this one. The custard only yielded about a quarter of the ice cream tin, so I had to add tons of milk/half-half to get it to the fill line. I also put in 1/2 tsp. more of vanilla than the recipe stated and it still didn't have enough vanilla. I will try this recipe again, but using 2 T. instead of 2 1/4 tsp. - Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this recipe twice on Memorial Day to give my kids something fun to do in the kitchen. The first time I followed it to the tee and it was GREAT! The second time we decided to make Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream with it. We used 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. mint extract, some green food coloring then added 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips to the mixture half way through churning. This also turned out wonderful. My kids liked it so well that they said "I don't know why anyone buys ice cream at the store. This is way better and really easy." This also freezes like the really good ice cream (not hard as brick). I think that says it all and it is definitely a keeper. Thanks for such a great recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is very good. I doubled the recipe for my 4 quart freezer (still didn't come all the way up to the fill line). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is the best ice cream ever. We have made it numerous times this summer and it comes out great. Store bought ice cream is blah compared to this. We use pure vanilla (5 tps) and it has such great vanilla taste! Everyone who has tried it has asked for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Has become the base for all of my icecream flavors. Was a little afraid of the egg but it was well worth it. Read More