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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade ice cream, vanilla ice cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Jessica Formicola
Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from scratch using whole vanilla beans and real cream. Homemade Ice Cream in an ice cream maker for the win! 
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  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean *
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • In a medium sauce pan, combine heavy whipping cream, half and half and sugar.
  • Cut vanilla bean in half, scrape out caviar (the greasy flecks inside) and add both pod and caviar to sauce pan. Bring to a low simmer to scald.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool fully before transferring to an airtight container and placing in the refrigerator to cool for a minimum of 4 hours, but up to 48 hours.
  • Prepare your ice cream makers as directed and add mixture, along with kosher salt. Prepare according to machine directions.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and freeze to finish.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 


If you don't have vanilla bean, use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. 


Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 164mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 0.1mg