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!

french vanilla ice cream

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.

I also use vanilla ice cream in my Dairy Queen Copycat Ice Cream Cakes, Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

Looking for More Ice Cream Recipes?

Check out these other Homemade Ice Cream recipes:
Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Cinnamon Ice Cream
Raspberry Sorbet
Daniel Tiger’s Banana Swirl

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French Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream takes just minutes of work, then the ice cream maker takes care of the rest!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Churn Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 quart


  • 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.


Source: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword dessert, frozen treat, gluten free, ice cream

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