No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
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Vanilla Ice Cream is a classic recipe, and simple to make. I’m sure you will enjoy the freshness and velvety, creamy texture. Homemade ice cream is absolutely worth making, and it’s much easier than you may think.

When it comes to homemade ice cream, you will have the satisfaction of knowing exactly what it contains. When it comes to store bought, there are many additives which help preserve the ice cream and keep its creamy texture. If you’re like me, you will prefer to consume ice cream with more natural ingredients.

This recipe is ideal for anyone without an ice cream maker. It uses egg yolks to both thicken the ice cream base and give the finished ice cream a richer taste and creamy mouthfeel. Egg yolks prevent ice crystals forming, creating a smooth, creamy ice cream. In addition, yolks contain natural emulsifiers, mainly lecithin, which binds fat and water together in a creamy emulsion.

Custard in itself is not difficult to make, but it does require a fair amount of vigilance and care. The custard needs to be cooked over a very gentle heat and stirred continuously. Patience is required to obtain smooth, velvety custard. What you don’t want is to end up with sweet scrambled eggs!

Enjoy this Vanilla Ice Cream served on its own or in a cone.

Or, I recommended trying the Vanilla Ice Cream with one of the following recipes we have already shared on the blog:

Decadent Chocolate Brownies, Brandied Oranges, Spiced Poached Plums, Mini Meringues or Easy Strawberry Sauce.

Home-made ice cream is made by hand with love.

Xx Alex

5 from 43 votes

No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

This velvety, creamy, vanilla ice cream is made using just 4 ingredients. Enjoy it on its own or as an accompaniment to many desserts.

Course Dessert
Cuisine English, European, Universal
Keyword delicious, dessert, easy, ice cream, simple, sweet, vanilla
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Cooling and Freezing 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 9 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 304 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 gm caster sugar superfine
  • 400 ml whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract or to taste *


  1. Place an airtight container, which will contain the ice cream, into the freezer to chill.

  2. Pour the cream into a heavy based saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring the cream to just below the boil.

  3. Prepare a double boiler by having a saucepan with lightly simmering water which will hold a heatproof bowl.

    Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and caster/superfine sugar in the heatproof bowl. Using a whisk or hand held electric beaters, whisk them together until they are light, fluffy and lemon-coloured.

  4. Slowly pour the near-boiling cream onto the yolk and sugar mixture, whisking vigorously. Do not pour too quickly, you need to temper the eggs.*

    When all the cream has been added, place the bowl over the saucepan of barely simmering water on the lowest possible heat.

  5. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure of 8 until the custard begins to thicken. Don’t be tempted to do this over high heat. You may end up with scrambled eggs.

    The custard is ready when it lightly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Run your finger along the back of the spoon – if it leaves a clear trace the custard is ready.

  6. Strain the custard through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and leave to cool, stirring occasionally so that a skin doesn’t form.

  7. When the custard is cool, flavour with vanilla paste or extract to taste. It is important to over-flavour as the ice cream will lose flavour once frozen.

    Pour the ice cream into the chilled container and place in the freezer.

  8. Remove from the freezer and stir the mixture with a fork every half hour until the mixture is half set.

  9. Leave to freeze – it’s roughly a total of 4 hours. *

    Before serving, remove the ice cream from the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow it to soften slightly.

    Home-made ice cream does not keep well. I think, after a week or so, it loses its texture and flavour. But to me, the pleasure of home-made ice cream is its freshness and I’ve never found that it lasts long anyway.

Recipe Notes

*I like to use vanilla bean paste with seeds; it has a pure, sweet vanilla taste and gives the finished product the speckles of vanilla bean seeds.

*To temper the eggs, you slowly add the hot liquid to the egg mixture. If you just combined the two mixtures, you would end up with cooked eggs. The intention is to slowly raise the temperature of the eggs without scrambling them.

*Freezing time is approximate. Total freezing time will depend on the size of your container and the temperature of your freezer.

Nutrition Facts
No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 221mg74%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1155IU23%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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207 Comments on “No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. 5 stars
    Can’t beat homemade ice cream. Vanilla is such a great flavour as you can use it with so many things. Thanks as always.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! Thanks for sharing I never knew it could be that easy to make home made ice cream!! Will have to try it 🙂

  3. This looks so good!! Never made homemade ice cream. We are starting with this one!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Wow! This looks so delicious and quite easy to make. I love Vanilla ice cream and I’m definitely going to try my hands on this recipe. I’m craving for this tempting dessert now.

  5. This looks so delightful and tasty. I just love everything about this!. This would disappear in no time at our house!.

  6. 5 stars
    We love ice cream so really should make our own homemade ice cream. This looks absolutely delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    This is such a perfect recipe that I am looking for. It looks so delish, I will try to make one. Thank you for sharing the ingredients and procedure.

  8. 5 stars
    It’s nice to read a no churn ice cream recipe that doesn’t have condensed milk in it! I do love a good custard based ice cream. 🙂

  9. This looks so delicious, and quite simple to make at home too. I’ll definitely give this a go, I love vanilla ice cream!

  10. 5 stars
    I love a good no-churn ice cream but I’ve never seen one done with a double-boiler. I have to give this one a try next time because it looks creamy and delicious!

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve tried and failed making ice cream before. This looks a much easier way i’m going to give it a go when I’m off work Tuesday, will let you know how i like it (or if I get it right)

  12. 5 stars
    In the summer we go through so much vanilla ice cream that we’d love to learn to make our own! Looks like a great recipe x

  13. 5 stars
    you are so right when it comes to homemade ice cream – the less preservatives the better! i’ve never used eggs in my ice cream recipes before, so i’m excited to try this x

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  15. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I have never made a custard ice cream before. This would be a great treat!

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  17. 5 stars
    The entire recipe is cool. Should I add a few chocolate chips in it? What do u suggest….?

    1. Up to you 🙂 It would be delicious with the chocolate chips, or by itself – it has a lovely flavour just plain, or with the Easy Strawberry Sauce. It is very flexible 🙂

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  19. 5 stars
    Looks super delicious! You just reminded me that I haven’t had an ice cream for ages which is wrong as I LOVE it. Great recipe as well

  20. 5 stars
    Wow, I didnt know it is quite easy to make Ice cream dessert as the total time is only 9 mins. I think I am going to try it out and hopefully turn out good so that I can re-do for my Xmas celebration.

    1. Yes, it really is that easy! Keep in mind that it is only 9 minutes of prep and cooking time, but I recommend at least four hours of freezing – but you can whip this up in no time, and have ready for your guests that evening 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    Homemade vanilla ice cream is one of the best desserts out there, imho. Love it! Your recipe sounds delicious and not too sweet.

  22. 5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe for me, as 1. I don’t have an ice cream maker, and 2. I love vanilla ice cream! My partner loves everything homemade too, so I can’t wait to try this out!

  23. Wow this looks easy to make! I bet it is absolutely delicious. I definitely need to make this soon.

  24. I totally agree home-made ice cream is always usually made with love. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  28. 5 stars
    This sounds so delicious. I can’t wait to make it! I love that it’s no churn. That’s always the part that gets me.

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  32. 5 stars
    I always wondered how to make icecream at home. I do love creamy ice cream and this is why I very rare buy store bought one (unless I am in Italy and it’s gelato).

  33. I love the idea of making your own ice cream it is something I’ve not tried before but I 100% need to do! Thank you for sharing a no-churn recipe as well.

  34. I just love vanilla ice cream! It’s getting warmer here in Poland, so it’s just a perfect time to try such recipes out! I’ll definitely share it with my friends! 🙂

  35. 5 stars
    I am dying to try and do my own ice cream! Have you used an ice cream maker before? Are they hard? I have a kitchen aid with an ice cream maker attachment but I haven’t tried it yet!

    1. Hi Fran!
      Yes, I have an ice cream maker, and they’re great – but a lot require that you freeze the bowl first, and I usually don’t have room in my freezer or forget to do this! So the no-churn version is a great solution 😉

  36. 5 stars
    Oh wow! I would love to try this and I am sure that ice cream will be my favorite for sure! Love it♥

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  38. The Vanilla Ice Cream looks delicious. I’ve never thought of making ice cream at home (generally take the lazy option and buy a carton) but this will inspire me to have a go myself.

  39. 5 stars
    Summer means ice cream to me. you can not have too few of it. I could it again and again. Thanks for reminding me to make some for mysefl

  40. 5 stars
    Wow, that really sounds delicious..! I would really love to try this no churn vanilla ice cream.

  41. 5 stars
    My kids have been asking me to make ice cream at home so we are going to try out your recipe this weekend!!

  42. Lots of people call vanilla boring but I love it because you can add it to anything! So versatile and creamy and good.

  43. This looks yumm! Summer is here and this is exactly I need. I like vanilla though a lot of people call it boring these days but it’s not. Trying this out tomorrow. Thanks.

  44. 5 stars
    That’s a unique way to make the ice cream. I have made it a few times before and usually I did it with a machine or a crank with ice and rock salt to get it frozen. This sounds so much easier.

    1. I have an ice cream maker but this recipe doesn’t need it. It’s a very old recipe of my mum’s and is always reliable. No need to get the machine out. 🙂

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