Vanilla is the king of ice cream flavors. This version without eggs ('American' or 'Philadelphia-style') has a brighter, more pronounced vanilla flavor.

Chef John
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir sugar, cream, and milk into a saucepan over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Heat just until mix is hot and a small ring of foam appears around the edge.

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  • Transfer cream mixture to a pourable container such as a large measuring cup. Stir in vanilla extract and chill mix thoroughly, at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.)

  • Pour cold ice cream mix into an ice cream maker, turn on the machine, and churn according to manufacturer's directions, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • When ice cream is softly frozen, serve immediately or place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the ice cream and place in freezer to ripen, 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; 24.7 g total fat; 92 mg cholesterol; 79 mg sodium. 45.8 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2013
EXCELLENT! Chef John has never let me down. This recipe was so easy I found myself giving it over the phone to a friend without even looking at the recipe. I watched the video first which is always a plus. I did make one change and that was to use vanilla bean paste in place of vanilla extract. I like seeing the vanilla beans in the ice cream and the flavor was oh so good!!! Thank you Chef John for sharing such an EXCELLENT recipe! I will be making this many times over! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2014
this one does not work for the good ol' fashioned ice cream maker. The wooden kind with the motor on top. I've had this thing running for 2 hours now and it's just slush. Read More
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109 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 83
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2013
EXCELLENT! Chef John has never let me down. This recipe was so easy I found myself giving it over the phone to a friend without even looking at the recipe. I watched the video first which is always a plus. I did make one change and that was to use vanilla bean paste in place of vanilla extract. I like seeing the vanilla beans in the ice cream and the flavor was oh so good!!! Thank you Chef John for sharing such an EXCELLENT recipe! I will be making this many times over! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2013
EXCELLENT! Chef John has never let me down. This recipe was so easy I found myself giving it over the phone to a friend without even looking at the recipe. I watched the video first which is always a plus. I did make one change and that was to use vanilla bean paste in place of vanilla extract. I like seeing the vanilla beans in the ice cream and the flavor was oh so good!!! Thank you Chef John for sharing such an EXCELLENT recipe! I will be making this many times over! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2013
I give it five stars, though I make one really major change. I don't have the patience to wait overnight! You can use one can of sweetened condensed milk that's been chilled and you don't have to wait at all! Put any flavor in it you want. My personal favorite is lemon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2013
I think this is probably the BEST ice cream recipe ever! It's so easy to change the amounts of whipping cream and milk (I made it the 1st time as Chef John instructed). I liked more cream then milk and then I decided to add eggs to make it more creamy and rich. It was perfect! This is my new base recipe for making ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2014
this one does not work for the good ol' fashioned ice cream maker. The wooden kind with the motor on top. I've had this thing running for 2 hours now and it's just slush. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2014
This was great. Easy recipe, no raw eggs. This was our first time ever making ice cream. We followed the directions exactly, including leaving the stuff to chill overnight. Some of the best vanilla ice cream I've ever had. I can't wait to try it again with some other flavors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2014
This was absolutely the BEST ice cream I have ever made. (Chef John never lets me down.) I love the simple and few ingredients needed. It tasted just like the ice cream I remember eating as a child from the little ice cream stand in my hometown. Will have to make a double batch tomorrow this didn't last long! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2014
Wonderful recipe. Its the only ice cream recipe I use. It's simple and yummy. Also it's a great base recipe in that you can add whatever flavoring you want. Today I made this and then divided the milk mixture into separate containers then I flavored each container differently (root beer peppermint and vanilla). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2014
First homemade ice cream I loved! This recipe is clean and delicious with the perfect texture. I used whole milk and pure vanilla. I let it cool in fridge for 3 hours before adding it to my Kitchen Aid ice cream mixer bowl attachment. 20 minutes later the most delicious ice cream I've ever had. I froze the remainder in a ziploc container and it remained scoopable after 24 hours. It wasn't a solid brick of ice as I've experienced in the past with home churned ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/16/2015
I followed this recipe. It was excellent in taste and very good in creaminess. Also extremely simple. Read More
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