Heirloom Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

I’ve made this ice cream recipe for years.  PAM used this same recipe for our home-made ice cream as I was growing up.  She got it from a friend over fifty years ago.

It’s never been tweaked, added to, or changed in any way.  That makes this an heirloom  recipe, right?

Heirloom Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

This is the basic recipe I use for making home-made peach ice cream (or any other fruit) and mint chocolate-chip.  I decided it’s time to show what the basic vanilla recipe looks like.

We made this ice-cream last week to have with Fun Son’s birthday cake.  It wasn’t a cake like the ones you normally think of as birthday cake.  It was more of an ooey-gooey-recipe-of-chocolatey-goodness-that-I-can-hardly-wait-to-share-with-you cake.

After eating from the churn on the “birthday” night, I froze the remaining ice cream.  Today, I scooped some neatly into a fancy thrift-store compote.

Home-Made Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s fun to make things more special with the presentation (wink).

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Heirloom Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
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A sweet treat for any summer day - or night!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 gallon
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1 quart milk (plus extra for filling container)
  • 1 can sweetened-condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. In heavy 4-quart pot over low heat, combine first four ingredients. Stir continuously over low heat until mixture steams. Remove from heat and cool.
  2. Add sweetened-condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir until combined well, and pour into freezer. Add additional milk to ice cream maker's fill line. Process ice cream as usual. Enjoy!
  3. (For 1-1/2 gallon freezer, use 5 eggs, 3-1/2 cups sugar, 3 Tablespoons vanilla, and still one can of sweetened-condensed milk.)

Feel free to drizzle your favorite syrup on top.  Handy Builder Dad likes Strawberry Fig Preserves over his ice cream.   I tried it once when I visited, and it is really good!

What’s your favorite syrup for ice cream?  Do you add anything else, like sprinkles or fruit?


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      I’ve seen recipes with whipping cream, but I’ve never made one of them. Maybe I should try it sometime. I hope you enjoy your Labor Day ice cream treat!