Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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When I was younger, my parents and their friends would make homemade pineapple ice cream almost every summer. They had an old ice cream maker that required rock salt and was deafeningly loud so they always had to put it outside while it cranked!

I don’t like the taste of pineapple, but I always loved the novelty of homemade ice cream!

My mom bought me a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker several years ago for a birthday, and I’ve used it almost every year to make at least once batch of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s rich, super creamy, and doesn’t compare to anything bought in the store.

My husband would argue that there isn’t that big of a difference, and despite being an ice cream lover himself, I would have to argue that he’s a literal mental case. There is a HUGE difference in homemade ice cream versus store bought!

For this recipe, you likely have most of the ingredients on hand. I had everything except vanilla beans and heavy cream. I bought vanilla beans on Amazon simply for convenience, as they can be hard to find in regular grocery stores.

You do need to let the custard sit overnight, so factor that, along with the time it could take to get vanilla beans, into your planning!

I used my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for this ice cream, and it couldn’t be easier!

The recipe is here!

Find other homemade recipes I love here and here!


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Emily says · 07.05.16

Looks delicious! Did you know that there is a legit Mister Softee in Holly Springs? I know he occasionally makes an appearance in the Cary, Apex, and Raleigh area but he visits my neighborhood once a week, sometimes twice. You can track him on Facebook too (he used a GPS) and request your neighborhood! Many nights he parks his truck up at Holly Towne Center near Michaels until close! I just remember you saying you liked his ice cream a few years ago!

Molly says · 07.05.16

Homemade ice cream is the BEST! I will definitely be trying these recipes; and yes, there is a HUGE difference in taste and texture 😉

Jessy says · 07.05.16

I think it’s a little bit of a drive (based on my sister who lives in Cary), but Penzey’s spices has GREAT vanilla beans, and all spices in general (bold taco seasoning, HELLO SPICY). I bet it was delicious!

Trisha says · 07.05.16

You don’t like the taste of pineapple? Oh dear! That’s a pity. Your vanilla bean does look delicious though!

Kirsten says · 07.05.16

Oh how fun! I want that ice cream maker now!!

Elena says · 07.05.16

Hi Kate! Have you tried the new Essie Gel Couture line? Curious what you think about it. The brush is amazing, you’ll love it!

Jenny says · 07.05.16

My family also makes homemade ice cream every Fourth of July! I’ve been ready your blog for a couple years now and I’ve noticed that your skin seems to glow. I think my skin type is pretty similar to yours, mine is very sensitive and dry. I have a very hard time finding a cleanser that suits my skin. Could you please fill us in on what you’ve been using/doing lately?

Andrea says · 07.05.16

This looks too yummy! I love how cute the little sprinkles are on top. This is the perfect dessert for a summer bbq!


Adrienne / Hot Pink Prairie says · 07.05.16

Currently melting into a big puddle of makeup and hairspray here in Kansas, so ice cream = perfect.

Mel says · 07.05.16

This sounds absolutely delicious and perfect for summer. I am totally making it!!

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Sophie says · 07.07.16

Omg this is so tasty! Sophie x


Kimberly says · 07.08.16

This post has urged me to dig my ice cream maker out of the cabinet! I can’t wait to whip something up with my boys!

Melanie says · 07.11.16

This looks so yummy!

Ashley says · 07.22.16

If you want really easy homemade ice cream recipes, my favorite cookbook is Jeni’s Splendid Homemade Ice Creams at Home (https://jenis.com/cookbooks/jenis-splendid-ice-creams-at-home/). I use the Cuisinart ice cream maker as well, and since getting that cookbook I make it so much more. Super easy recipes and some unique ones too!