French Vanilla Ice Cream
Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream takes just minutes to prepare, then your ice cream maker does the rest. This is a Ben & Jerry’s recipe!
Although July in St. Louis tends to get unbearably hot, especially this year, it’s also the month when one of my favorite fruits reaches its peak – peaches! A local farm sells the best peaches around, and each year I look forward to a Fresh Peach Pie. And what is best served alongside a fresh peach pie? Vanilla ice cream of course! My dad has been asking why I haven’t made him any ice cream this summer, so this was the perfect opportunity.
I turned to my trusty Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book for this one, and it turned out fantastic. Ultra-creamy with a nice, pronounced vanilla flavor. This recipe uses raw eggs, so avoid if you fall in a high-risk group for food-borne illness, but if you’re not and it doesn’t bother you, the eggs add a nice richness to the ice cream. Alternatively, you can purchase pasteurized eggs to avoid the risk.
You’ll need an ice cream maker to churn and freeze the ice cream. I have the Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, and Sorbet Maker that was top rated by Cook’s Illustrated.
How to use your homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream
I always serve Vanilla Ice Cream with homemade fruit pies like my Fresh Peach Pie, Peach Blueberry Crumbles, Fresh Blueberry Pie, Mixed Berry Pie, Sweet Cherry Pie, Classic Apple Pie, and Apple Crumble Pizza Pie.
It’s great with Homemade Ben & Jerry’s Hot Fudge Sauce on top or in Roasted Cherry Brownie Sundaes with Cherry Port Sauce.
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- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy or whipping cream
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluff, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream, milk, and vanilla and whisk to blend.
- Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.