French Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1Quart
  • About This Recipe

    “Someone bought me a Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book(title). This book is great it tells how to make most of their flavorsand some. The book can be ordered at the bookstore for about $8.95. Thereason I like this ice cream is because you can freeze it and it is likethe store bought hard ice cream. I do not eat it right from the freezerbecause to me it is to creamy. French Vanilla”


  • 2largeeggs
  • 3/4 cupsugar
  • 2cupsheavy whipping cream
  • 1cupmilk
  • 2teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • Directions

  • Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking untilcompletely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream, milk, andvanilla and whisk to blend.
  • Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Makes 1 Quart**Variation: add 1 cup coarsely chopped Reese’s Peanut butter cups, after ice cream stiffens (about 2 minutes before it is done) let it continue processing.
  • Reviews

  • “This is amazing, delicious, and easy!I used the double boiler method (cooking the milk & sugar til slightly thickened, then slowly whisking in the eggs and cooking for a while to get the eggs cooked) before I added the cream.I also used vanilla bean paste for that authentic look and the best taste possible.LOVE this one, thanks so much for sharing!”

  • “I noticed a lot of people were concerned about using raw eggs. The technique of slowly adding sugar to the beaten eggs kills the bacteria causing enzymes, “cooking” them and making them safe for consumption. I used my hand mixer instead of a whisk and it turned out great! Very easy and loved not having to stand by the stove in this heat! Next time I will use vanilla sugar to give more vanilla punch!”

  • “This makes the most delicious ice cream! It takes a little muscle to whisk the eggs enough, but it’s well worth it. Make sure you get the eggs really frothy and thick; that is KEY. I’d trade a tired-out whisking arm for this ice cream any day.”

  • “WOW … super easy to make and great taste. Wanted coconut so instead of 2TSP of vanilla, I used 1TSP coconut extract and 1TSP of vanilla. Wonder for Root Beer floats!”

  • “Yum, so so simple.My husband couldn’t wait to dig in.No need for storebought again.”

  • “Tuesday night is ice cream night around here. This was so delicious!I have a small 1 quart Deni and after 20 minutes of churning the ice cream was coming out of the top.I let it run for 30 and packed it into a plastic container to freeze.I think the ONLY thing that could improve the recipe is a scraped vanilla bean.DH just ate about a pint of it. I can see us never buying vanilla ice cream again.Thanks hcopeland!PS-I have made this four times already and it’s still the best.It makes me think of midnight ice cream binges with my Grandmother and a pint of Dolly Madison French Vanilla ice cream when I was a kid.PPS – DH told some friends the other day that my ice cream was better than any he ever had in his life!So thanks again Hcopeland!!!!!!!;)”

  • “Great flavor.I used 3 cups of 2% instead of the whipping cream and milk combo and simmered it to thicken.Very tasty.”

  • “This was just ok.I didn’t think it was the most amazing vanilla ice cream I ever had.I thought it had a little too much whipping cream in it for my taste.I also cooked it on top of the stove because of the eggs.”

  • “So creamy and smooth – everyone loved it and such a rich vanilla flavor.I followed the recipe and about half way added fresh rasberries from the garden.This was a real favorite and we’ll be making often.”

  • “We were looking for a recipe for icecream on a whim, so it had to be ingredients we had on hand.Thank you for sharing, this is a great recipe.”

  • “I thought this was good, but not excellent because it didn’t taste like french vanilla to me.french vanilla to me is good on it’s own with a strong vanilla flavor.this ice cream is good, but it tastes like mcdonalds soft serve.or cool whip.i think it would be good with some add ins.just depends on your hubby loved it.
    i followed the recipe to a t, except i tempered the eggs.i think it may need a pinch of salt, maybe some more vanilla?”

  • “I cut the sugar to 1/2 c and added crushed candy canes for amazing & refreshing peppermint ice cream.It was delicious!”

  • “Great recipe!Thanks for posting.”

  • “Excellent and easy! I also used Egg Beaters and doubled the batch. If you want something extra good, make iron bloomer’s easy microwave hot fudge sauce! Crazy good!”

  • “Great recipe. Easy and totally delicious.”

  • “Quick, easy and delicious.I used eggbeaters instead of eggs.”

  • “WOW..!!!! I love this ice cream. I’ve made it following the recipe and also with add-ins. It’s YUMMY. At this moment I have a full recipe ripening in my freezer which I’ve used cream of coconut and dark chocolate chunks for Mounds Ice Cream…This recipe is so versitile it can be used for any number of flavors. I have also ordered the cookbook the chef got this recipe from, how can I go wrong if it contains more recipes like this. Thank you chef hcopeland, you have made my summer..!”

  • “This was the first ice cream I made in my new ice cream machine.We loved it.We have tried variations of it.One time we added homemade Kahlua.Another time we added frozen cherries.This is definitely a keeped.”

  • “I LOVE THIS RECIPE…It was truly easy and worth the effort! I just made it for the Fourth of July and the whole family enjoyed it! My nieces were overjoyed at the thought of having HOMEMADE ice cream and I was happy to oblige…Thanks so much!”