Vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream
Rediscover the full flavour of a real vanilla ice cream with this classical recipe.
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Last modified on: November 6th 2017

For 800 ml, you will need:

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Several weeks in the freezer.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 7 min.
Vanilla ice cream : Photo of step #1
Put 500 ml whole milk in a pan, add 100 g caster sugar, split 2 vanillas pod, scrape the inside to get all the black grains, and add them to milk.

Bring to the boil, remove from heat, cover and leave infuse for 15 minutes.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Put 6 egg yolks in a bowl with 50 g caster sugar, mix with a maryse.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
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Pour hot milk onto egg-yolks while mixing.

Clean the pan.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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Pour back the mix in the cleaned pan, through a strainer.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
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Put the pan over low heat, and thicken while stirring continuously using a maryse.

Stage 6
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If you use a thermometer, stop when temperature reaches 85°C or 185°F.

The important goal is to avoid mix from boiling, but slowly thicken it.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
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As soon as mixture thickens, remove from heat, add cold 200 ml liquid cream and mix well.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
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Cool by placing bowl in cold water, stirring from time to time.

Keep in the fridge covered with plastic film.

Ideally, you should let stay the mixture for several hours, or a night, to let all the flavours and aromas of vanilla do their job.

Stage 9 - 20 min.
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Put in the ice cream maker 30 minutes before serving.

Stage 10
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Tip: This is not absolutely necessary, but your ice cream will be better, lighter, if you add, 1 or 2 minutes before the end, and egg white roughly beaten in the ice cream maker.


Before pouring the mixture in the ice cream maker, you can pour it throught a fine strainer, to remove any remaining small bits.

This recipe is the basis for many other ice-cream recipes like chocolate, pistachio, coffee, etc.

You can also have a look at the page dedicated to ice creams and sorbets.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,955 Kcal or 8,185 Kj52 gr176 gr115 gr
98 %20 %17 %17 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
194 Kcal or 812 Kj5 gr18 gr11 gr
10 %2 %2 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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From Gaston Lenôtre.

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