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Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream

Learn how to make homemade ice cream with rich vanilla flavor, creamy texture and without a “milky” taste. It's one of the best ice cream recipes without a machine.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Global, gluten-free
Keyword homemade, icecream, no-churn, vanilla
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezing time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 363 kcal
Author Makos


For the custard cream:

  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) sugar
  • 4 teaspoons (10 grams) cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cups (180 grams) heavy cream, 35% fat

For the ice cream base:

  • 1 can (400 grams) sweet condensed milk
  • 2 cups (480 grams) very cold heavy cream, 35% fat
  • 2 tablespoons (30 gram)s brandy, cognac, rum or vodka
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons (8-12 grams) vanilla extract


  1. Make the custard: Transfer the sugar and the cornstarch to a small pot or saucepan and stir to combine. Add the yolks and the cream and mix with a whisk. Turn the heat to medium-medium/high and cook stirring constantly until the cream thickens and starts to bubble.

    Transfer the custard to a bowl, add the sweet condensed milk and mix well. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and transfer it to the fridge until cold (about 2 hours).

  2. Make the base: Transfer the cold cream to the bowl of your electric mixer and beat until medium stiff peaks form. Add the alcohol, the salt and the vanilla and beat until combined.

  3. Make the ice cream: Add the custard mixture to the base in three additions, beating well after each addition until you get a fluffy mixture.

  4. Freeze: Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight. Scoop and eat!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Chill the bowl of your mixer in the fridge for the best results.
  • I've made the custard with one whole egg instead of two yolks, with whole milk instead of cream and without alcohol. Although each of the variations was good, the recipe as written has the best texture and taste.
  • Customize your basic ice cream recipe by adding: cookies, brownies, coffee, fruit jam, roasted nuts, chocolate chips, dulce de leche, candied cherries.
  • If your freezer is too strong, let the ice cream rest at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving.


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