Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream is a custard-style vanilla frozen treat the entire family will enjoy. This old fashioned ice cream recipe is sure to take you right back to your childhood.
Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Written in her beautiful cursive script on a simple white lined note card, Barbara keeps a copy of this old fashioned ice cream recipe in our grandma’s wooden recipe box. Some families have jewelry, old portraits, vases, or crystal, but our family heirlooms include all of Grandma’s favorite recipes.
The flavor of this homemade vanilla ice cream is amazing and unique with a thick, rich custard texture that is unlike the ice cream you buy in the stores.
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Ingredients:
Half and Half
Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream
This vanilla ice cream recipe is the only one you will ever need. Our grandma called it Cooked Ice Cream as it is an egg-based mixture that you need to cook on the stovetop.
On thing to note is to be sure to temper the egg mixture before adding it to the hot milk mixture to prevent cooking the beaten eggs.
When it comes to what ice cream maker should you use, oh, there are so, so many options! Barbara uses one of the small countertop models but growing up we had one of those great electric wooden bucket ice cream makers that dad packed full of ice and salt as it cranked away.
How to Make Old Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream with Raw Eggs
For the full recipe for old fashioned ice cream, scroll to the bottom of this post.
- Combine flour and sugar.
- Warm whole milk slowly in a saucepan on the stove.
- Once hot, add flour and sugar mixture, while stirring constantly until it begins to thicken.
- Beat the eggs; temper with a small amount of the warm milk mixture.
- Once tempered, add all the eggs to the warm milk mixture.
- Cook, stirring constantly until it thickens.
- Remove from heat until completely cooled.
- Once cooled, stir in vanilla.
- Pour the cooled mixture into a ice cream freezer; add half and half until approximately 1 inch from the top of the ice cream freezer.
- Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Eat immediately or freeze if a firmer texture is desired.
- We recommend topping this old fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream with Grandma’s famous Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.
Grandma's Vanilla Ice Cream
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 3 ½ cups sugar
- 1 quart whole milk
- 8 to 10 eggs beaten
- vanilla to taste up to one Tablespoon
- 1 pint half and half or heavy whipping cream
- 3 quarts whole milk may not need it all
- Mix flour and sugar.
- Put 1 quart of whole milk in saucepan on stove to warm.
- When hot, add sugar mixture, stirring constantly until it starts to thicken.
- Add beaten eggs to hot milk mixture, tempering the egg mixture first to prevent cooking the beaten eggs.
- Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens like a custard.
- Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Once cooled, add vanilla to taste - up to 1 Tablespoon.
- Add to ice cream freezer insert.
- Add pint of heavy cream or half and half to about an inch from the top. You may need to add additional whole milk to fill your container depending on its size.
- Freeze per the instructions for your ice cream freezer.
- Eat right away or freeze to get a firmer texture.
- After adding the cooled ice cream mixture to your ice cream freezer, you need to add 1 pint of heavy whipping cream (that’s our recommendation) or half and half. If this doesn’t fill the container to about an inch from the top, add whole milk until it does.