Vanilla Custard Ice Cream

This Vanilla Custard Ice Cream is rich, decadent, and oh so creamy. Pair with your favorite pie, cake or cookie or simply perfect on its own.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword ice cream
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling and Chill Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 457kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean cut lengthwise
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place a medium pot over medium-high heat, and whisk together the milk, sugar, and 1 cup of the heavy cream. Use a spoon or the back of a butter knife to scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pot. Add the vanilla bean to the pot, too. Heat the mixture, while stirring often, until the mixture reaches 110 degrees Cover the pot and let the mixture cool for about 25 minutes, or until it cools to 80 degrees.
  • Remove the vanilla bean and add the egg yolks to the pot and whisk it into the warm milk mixture until combined. Place the pot back on the stove and heat it over medium heat. Cook, while stirring constantly (make sure you scrape all around the bottom of the pan and edges). Cook until the mixture reaches 170-175 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. The mixture will be thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the pot from the heat.
  • Place a fine-mesh​ strainer over a medium bowl and pour the custard mixture through the strainer. Whisk in the remaining cup of heavy cream and vanilla extract. Cool the mixture for 10 minutes, and then cover it and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Churn in an ice cream maker as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Either serve immediately or transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze.


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 133mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1492IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg