This Easy Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream Base takes 2 minutes to make. It’s the perfect quick, "Easy 1-2-3" way to make vanilla ice cream or be the base to use for all your favorite ice cream flavors. Just add one of our jams or fruit preserves or other flavoring to make it your own. It’s a no-cook, no-egg, no-stress recipe that will have you making ice cream every time you get a craving for it, which in this house is all the time.
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Hello my friends. Today we’re bringing you a very easy, no-cook, eggless, vanilla homemade ice cream base. Wow, that’s a lot of adjectives, but they are all necessary to rightly describe this dessert recipe. You probably have no idea how vast the subject of ice cream is. We are actually in the middle of compiling a comprehensive guide to everything ice cream, and we didn’t realize all the intricacies of this delicious frozen dessert. To begin, here are the basics that you may want to know, and which types of ice cream recipes we have available here at Spoonabilities.
What is Ice Cream?
In the simplest terms, ice cream is a sweet frozen food usually eaten as a dessert or snack/treat. It typically is made from cow’s milk or cream, sugar, and some flavoring. However that is just a base line. There are many possible alternatives to cow’s milk including soy or any nut milk; alternatives to sugar including honey, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners; and thousands of different flavoring agents that you can use. The mixture is usually stirred or churned to add air, and then frozen and enjoyed.
What kinds of Ice Cream are there?
This is a very basic list, but will help you understand a little what different ice cream recipes we have here for you.
With or Without Eggs, that is the question
Almost all store bought ice cream, or that you would get at a restaurant or ice cream shop, has eggs in it. Egg yolks are mostly fat and protein. Fat freezes differently than cream, and creates a softer, creamier, and more stable ice cream. Egg yolks also have emulsifiers that leverage the butterfat in cream and milk to create more of a creamier texture than eggless ice cream. Egg yolks also make ice cream more stable so it doesn’t melt as quickly, giving you a few extra minutes to enjoy before it turns back to cream in your bowl, or dripping down your hand, and this extra stability increases the shelf life on your ice cream in the freezer. And of course, ice cream with eggs tastes better than without. That being said, eggs do add extra fat and cholesterol to your ice cream. They also compete with the other flavors in your ice cream, so if you are making an ice cream with delicate flavors, those flavors may not be that strong with a lot of eggs.
What’s the difference between Homemade and Semi-homemade Ice Cream?
Homemade ice cream is pretty self-explanatory. It is making the ice cream completely from scratch, mixing all the raw ingredients together and churning the mixture with an ice cream machine. Most of the ice cream recipes here at Spoonabilities are homemade. Semi-homemade makes the process much easier. Instead of creating your own homemade ice cream base, you just take some store-bought vanilla ice cream, thawing it out a little bit, adding your own flavoring, mixing and re-freezing. For a quick and easy ice cream, this is the fastest way to create your own flavors.
Here are some semi-homemade ice creams for you to try:
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Do I need to turn on the stove to make a Homemade Ice Cream Base?
There are several different processes to make ice cream. Here at Spoonabilities we have two different base processes. Below we have the no-cook homemade ice cream base that you can use with many ice cream recipes we made for you. Basically you mix all the cream and sugar together, churn the mixture with your favorite flavoring, freeze, and enjoy. We also have some ice cream recipes where you heat up corn syrup, sugar, dry milk, xanthan gum, and whole milk on the stove. After they are all combined you add the cream and refrigerate before churning. The process and ingredients we use for our heated ice creams is direct from the Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook. The goal is creating a base that is approximately 58% water, 17% fat, 11% milk solids, and 14% sugar, because “less fat means a denser texture and flavor that hits your pallet more quickly.” Some of the ice creams we have done using this process are:
- Caramel Corn Ice Cream with Vanilla Goat Milk Caramel Swirl
- Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream with White Balsamic Vinegar
- Homemade Goat Cheese & Raspberry Jalapeño Ice Cream
- Olive Oil Ice Cream Recipe with LIÁ Premium EVOO
- Pistachio Ice Cream with Rosewater & Saffron
- Pear & Blue Cheese Ice Cream with Pear Preserves, Apricots & Honey
What flavors can I make with this no-cook, eggless, homemade, Homemade Ice Cream Base?
The amount of different flavored ice cream you can create is almost endless, especially with this eggless base which will bring out the full flavor of whatever flavor you add. The recipe card below creates a perfect vanilla ice cream. If you use this vanilla ice cream recipe as a base for more flavors, you should reduce the amount of vanilla from 1+½ teaspoons to just a ½ teaspoon. You want your intended flavor to shine. One ice cream we did recently with this base is Peppers in Paradise Pineapple Jalapeno Ice Cream. You literally can add whatever flavor you want to this base, but to give you some ideas, here are some possible flavors you can add. Just open a jar and pour some in your ice cream base:
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I am happy that you are interested in making your own ice cream at home. It’s a great way to have a chilly delicious dessert whenever you want it at home, plus you can control the amount of sugar yourself. Beyond the ice creams we mentioned already, we also made some variations to make a Honey Labneh Ice Cream with Leatherwood Honey and some Coconut Cream Lingonberry Pops. And, besides the flavors of the ice cream, we have a special blog post about 3 Fun & Tasty Ice Cream Toppings you can try too.
If you have any questions about this homemade ice cream base, or any of our ice creams, please let us know in the comments below. We are here to assist you. If you do make an ice cream from this vanilla ice cream base recipe, please share some pictures of what you created and let us know how it went for you. Tag us @Spoonabilities on all social media. We would love to hear from you.
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Easy Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream Base, and add any other flavor
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
This Easy Vanilla Homemade Ice Cream Base is a no-cook, no-egg, no-stress recipe. It takes 2 minutes to make (the base, not the ice cream). Just add your favorite flavoring near the end of the churning and freeze. If you are curious about the difference between egg and no-egg, cook and no-cook, homemade and semi-homemade ice creams, check out the recipe post above. We also give many flavoring ideas so you never have to run out of ice cream in your freezer.
- 2 cups half & half
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- pinch of sea salt Click to order from our online shop
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix well until sugar is incorporated fully. Chill in refrigerator for several hours before churning.
- Start ice cream maker and pour in mixture. Churn for 20-40 minutes or until desired consistency.
- Put in plastic container and freeze
Variations: Add in any of our jams or chutneys for a special treat, or any other flavors you like. I recommend only using ½ tesSpoon of vanilla if you are using different flavors
This is for use in an ice cream maker that holds a max of 1 quart (4 cups) of mixture.
Freeze the freezer bowl for 24 hours prior to use, and chill prepared mixture in refrigerator before churning
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: freezing
- Cuisine: International
We highly recommend using any of these delicious jams to make your own homemade or semi-homemade ice cream:
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Thanks for the tip that fruit jams can be nice flavoring to consider when making an ice cream base. I'm thinking about buying some wholesale ice cream flavoring soon because I realized that making milkshakes can be an easy treat to make whenever I need a bit of sugar rush when working at home. Making my own ice cream would give me a lot more freedom in diversifying the flavors I will be working with.
That is so true Alice. We love making homemade ice cream and playing with flavors. If you don't use one of our jams, or your own, another option for flavoring is Amoretti.com they have some good stuff.
I love the simplicity of this ice cream recipe! I love homemade but rarely make it due to all the fuss. This one I must try as the days are getting hotter here! I have so many ideas of flavors too - huckleberry comes to mind first! Thanks!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Oooo, huckleberry sounds like a wonderful flavor. We were thinking of doing another boysenberry ice cream too. Save us a spoonful.
Wow, this ice cream was so easy to make! Will definitely be making again for this long weekend :)
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Ice cream is the perfect holiday treat. Let us know how it goes Emily.
yum!! There's just something so comforting about simple, homemade vanilla ice cream!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
So true Lindsey. And if you're like me, you can add sooo many toppings to it too ;)
Haley D. Williams
Everyone needs this recipe for summer (and year round). I love how versatile this ice cream is!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
We couldn't agree more Haley. Share it around so the whole world has it ;)