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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: 477 kcal
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! 


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean *
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine heavy whipping cream, half and half and sugar.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Prepare your ice cream makers as directed and add mixture, along with kosher salt. Prepare according to machine directions.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze to finish.
  6. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 477 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 451mg 19%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 29%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 13.6%
Iron 0.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.