French vanilla ice cream recipe
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French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

An easy French vanilla ice cream recipe made with milk, eggs, and cream. This is a smooth and rich dessert that is delicious on its own or served over pies or cobblers.

This is quite an old recipe from my grandmother’s recipe box collection. I know it was looked upon as a special treat that everyone appreciated.

This can be made in an ice cream freezer, but does not have to be. I know it would not have been made that way originally and can be made just using your freezer – and a bit of elbow grease. An ice cream maker would turn out a creamier product, but it is still very good without using it.

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French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
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An easy French vanilla ice cream recipe made with milk, eggs, and cream. This is a smooth and rich dessert that is delicious on its own or served over pies or cobblers.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6 cups
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  1. Blend in a sauce pan the granulated sugar, salt, milk, and slightly beaten egg yolks. Cook, stirring continuously until it comes to a boil.
  2. Cool and add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour into a freezer safe bowl. Freeze until partly frozen, about ½ to 1 hour.
  3. Whip 1 cup whipping cream with a whisk or electric mixer and set aside.
  4. Take the custard out of the freezer and place into a larger bowl. Beat until smooth. Gently fold in the whipping cream.
  5. Freeze until firm stirring 3-4 times during the first hour. Allow 3-4 hours to freeze completely.
  6. You can also place the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze it that way.

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AboutLaura Jean Warnke

Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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