Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

A creamy vanilla ice cream recipe that never fails.

How can such a simple ice cream recipe produce such an amazing ice cream? This recipe does away with the eggs which results in a lovely white ice cream that’s super creamy and full of yummy vanilla flavour. If you prefer a denser, French vanilla ice cream recipe then I recommend this option.

To get more dessert ideas check out my ice cream recipes page.

The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t need to spend time cooking up the ice cream base. This is because no eggs are used. I also love it because it produces a nice white ice cream without that yellow shade which you get when adding egg yolks.

What ingredients you’ll need to make vanilla ice cream

Not a lot really. You’ll simply toss milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and salt into a large bowl and whisk until combined.

Required ingredients to make vanilla ice cream

What you’ll need to make ice cream

Two tips for making the perfect vanilla ice cream

Vanilla Extract1. Quality Vanilla

I say this a lot but it needs to be said. Use good quality ingredients. For this vanilla ice cream recipe, you should find yourself a good quality pure extract. Don’t save a few cents by using a no-name brand of essence. Use vanilla extract.

Vanilla Extract vs Essence: Vanilla extract is made from real vanilla pods. The flavour is extracted and added to water and a few other ingredients. Essence is manufactured using chemicals that provide a similar taste to natural vanilla. Generally extract will have a more pronounced flavour than the cheaper vanilla essence alternative.

Fast Fact: Vanilla, after saffron, is he most expensive spice in the world.

2. Milk Powder

The use of skim milk powder is fairly common among ice cream manufacturers. It’s well known for it’s ability to “suck up” the water from the ice cream base. Reducing the water content will result in a creamier ice cream that will have your family and friends cheering your name at their first taste.

Skim milk powder

The secret weapon to fight icy ice cream

Here is the churned ice cream looking delicious. I love eating this straight from the ice cream machine; a premium version of soft serve!

Churned vanilla ice cream

Churned ice cream ready to freeze (or eat).

The alternative is to add the soft ice cream to your freezer and leave until hardened. This will take around two hours but varies a bit depending on your freezer and how cold you have it set.

No churn vanilla ice cream recipe

No machine, no worries! Instead of adding the ice cream base to an ice cream machine, add it to an airtight container and freeze. When it starts to harden remove from the freezer and whisk until smooth. Now you can add it back to the freezer until hard.

The finished vanilla ice cream in all it’s glory

Add it to almost any dessert, top with your favourite sauce or eat it on it’s own. You haven’t experienced good vanilla ice cream until you make your own fresh batch and eat it straight away.

Vanilla ice cream recipe

Vanilla ice cream ready to eat!

One scoop is never enough!

A green scoop with vanilla ice cream on a lying on a cloth.

A scoop of ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 5 mins
Yields: 1L


  • 2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp skim milk powder
  • Pinch of kosher salt


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Whisk until combined.
  3. Add ingredients to fridge for an hour until nicely chilled.
  4. Churn ice cream base in machine as per manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Scoop ice cream into airtight container and freezer until fully hardened. Usually 2 hours will do it.

Additional Info

Avoid using cheap table salt for flavouring as it is too harsh and can leave an unpleasant taste.


A Melbourne guy who loves to create amazing ice cream.

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