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French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This is a decadent, rich, amazingly delicious french vanilla bean ice cream recipe! Top with your favorite sauces, nuts, fruits and whipped cream to make sundaes or eat it in a dish or cone. Excellent gluten free frozen treat!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

My new Cuisinart ice cream maker is churning up some amazing frozen treats these days. We’ve enjoyed LOTS of family this last week end. The weather is hot! So it makes sense to bring on those frozen, delicious goodies. We’ve sampled Dark Chocolate Cherry Custard Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberry, and now French Vanilla Bean.

Homemade French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Homemade French Vanilla Bean ice Cream just made!

YUM! We love homemade ice cream. The ingredients are fresh and REAL. You can adjust the flavors to suit what you have on hand and also what your family enjoys.

There is just NO comparison between what we been experiencing in our own kitchen and what even the best store bought brands have to offer…homemade wins:)  Plus we can choose to use organic ingredients! If we want to experiment with different additions like candy, fruits, chocolate, coffee…., (we definitely do!) the sky is the limit!

We can’t stop brainstorming new yumilicious flavor combos. I’m working on frozen yogurt for those of us with a desire to enjoy a healthier frozen treat. But for now I’m all about the learning curve. You won’t be seeing every batch we make. I’m saving the best for you.

French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
french vanilla bean ice cream full of tiny vanilla beans

Our children and all seven of our grandkids are visiting at our house this weekend. The youngest grandchild, Warren, is just 2 months old. I went to Montana to help out when Warren was born. It’s amazing how much he has changed already. He’s a sweet quiet baby with an energetic brother and sister.  The Montana grandkids kids will know us even though they live seven hundred miles away!

Our property was over run with four generations of visitors enjoying the lovely weather, and each other, all weekend. The kids loved picking strawberries with grandpa, riding the tire swing, and playing in the kiddy swimming pool. Lots of food and special times. We enjoyed every minute of our time with them. These visits and family reunions are so important to us.

Vanilla beans give a bump to the vanilla flavor in recipes! 

Tiny aromatic, flavorful black beans are encased in these vanilla pods.

Go find some fresh vanilla bean pods and use them up before they get old and hard. The pods will easily slice open when they are fresh. Some people store their vanilla bean pods in a jar of pure vanilla extract to keep them fresh. I’m trying that. I’ll let you know how that turns out. I am also putting a vanilla bean pod into my sugar and wow does my sugar smell heavenly!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 2
So much flavor packed into those tiny beans!

About French Vanilla Bean ice Cream:

Homemade French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Homemade French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream just done in the churn. So rich and decadent! Now pack it in a container and freeze it till it’s hard.

Make this! I am NOT kidding. This is the best homemade Ice cream. SO rich and creamy. The egg custard puts this ice cream into a class all it’s own!

Apple Crisp With Coconut Oil And French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Apple Crisp With Coconut Oil. Topped today with homemade French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The combination is astoundingly rich and delicious!

Try this lovely flavorful vanilla bean ice cream with gingerbread cookies  in a ice cream sandwich like this one!

Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich With French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwich with HomemadeVanilla Bean Ice Cream. Who says ice cream is for summer?

French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe:

Gather a group and dig into a cold pile of rich French vanilla bean ice cream. Make some delicious memories! French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is rich, creamy and custardy and full of tiny little vanilla bean seeds scraped out of vanilla bean pods follow the link for info on how to use them. Those little vanilla bean seeds add a bit of vanilla flavor and texture all their own. Delicious! It’s wonderful in a cone, with toppings like chocolate sauce, or make an ice cream sandwich!

French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Yield: 16 servings

French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

This is a decadent, rich, amazingly delicious french vanilla bean ice cream recipe! Top with your favorite sauces, nuts, fruits and whipped cream to make sundaes or eat it in a dish or cone.


  • 2 Cups whole milk
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 whole vanilla bean-halved and seeds scraped
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. In a 4 quart pot whisk together milk, cream, half of the sugar, salt and the scraped vanilla bean, including the pod. Bring the mixture just barely to a boil whisking constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Next combine the yolks and remaining sugar in a separate medium bowl with an electric mixer on low, until yolks are thick and pale yellow.
  3. Add about 1/3 of the milk mixture slowly into the yolks, whisking constantly. Add another 1/3 of the milk mixture and whisk until blended. Add remaining milk mixture into the yolks and mix.
  4. Return it all to the pot and set on low heat.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir the pot until it thickens slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Be careful not to boil it this time. The eggs will overcook and clump if they get too hot.
  6. The thickening process should take just a few minutes.
  7. Pour the custard mixture through a fine mesh strainer (discard the vanilla pod) and bring down to room temperature. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
  8. Until THOROUGHLY chilled to refrigerator temperature!
  9. Follow your ice cream mixer directions and freeze until soft set. Five minutes before the mixer is done churning add in your favorite nuts, berries and candies as desired.
  10. Freeze finished ice cream for several hours or until it's hardened to your desired consistency.


Make this recipe ahead of serving time, as directed, to give the ice cream time to harden. First served right out of the machine will be very soft.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 195Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 106mgSodium 80mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 0gSugar 15gProtein 4g

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This is a decadent, rich, amazingly delicious french vanilla bean ice cream recipe! Top with your favorite sauces, nuts, fruits and whipped cream to make sundaes or eat it in a dish or cone.

Joanne/WineLady Cooks

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Your French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is delicious. I hope you are enjoying your ice cream maker. l make ice all year long even when it's snowing.


Sunday 22nd of November 2015

I am THRILLED with my Cuisinart ice cream maker, Joanne. It's so fun to whip up a batch of ice cream for dessert all year round and know the ingredients going in are wholesome!


Sunday 20th of September 2015

My family loves a good classic vanilla ice cream. Sounds perfect


Sunday 20th of September 2015

This is such a versatile, delicious companion to so many desserts!


Sunday 12th of July 2015

Oh yum, I love making my own ice cream! It always tastes SO much better than store bought.


Sunday 12th of July 2015

It really does Swah. We have LOVED the flavor of our homemade ice cream this summer

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Monday 8th of June 2015

Homemade ice cream is the best! You're going to get great use out of that ice cream maker! Enjoy your family visit :)

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