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Grandma's Vanilla Ice Cream

With summer on its way, Grandma's Homemade Ice Cream is a custard-style vanilla frozen treat the entire family will enjoy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vanilla ice cream
Servings: 1 gallon


  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 gallon milk
  • 8 to 10 eggs beaten
  • Vanilla to taste up to one Tablespoon
  • 1 pint half and half or heavy whipping cream


  • 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 cream or whole milk to about an inch from the top.
  • Freeze per the instructions for your ice cream freezer.
  • Eat right away or freeze to get a firmer texture.