This 3 ingredient vanilla ice cream is the richest and creamiest ice cream of your life. No fancy ingredients or ice cream machine needed! Summer, here we come!
Why not use an ice cream machine?
I have an ice cream maker. I think it cost me about $50. I even keep the bowl in the freezer all the time, in case the urge to make ice cream strikes. It’s easy and even kind of fun. But … I rarely use it.
In fact, whenever I read a recipe that calls for an ice cream machine (you know – “churn according to manufacturer instructions”), my heart sinks. And I turn the page. First of all, it doesn’t seem like much of a recipe since nearly anything will have the consistency of ice cream if you put it in a machine and churn it.
Second, ice cream machines just don’t make very much ice cream, and they always freeze the ice cream unevenly, leaving you with a layer of ice cream that’s frozen solid around the perimeter of the machine. And since the inside is non-stick, the only way to get that ice cream out is to melt it. And then it’s not ice cream anymore!
But I do have this recipe for ice cream cones. I’m even considering buying a pizzelle maker and using it to make ice cream cones.
Plus, it seems to be easier and easier to buy gluten free ice cream cones. They’re not going to fill themselves with rich, creamy homemade vanilla ice cream.
But as the ice cream containers in the grocery store get smaller and smaller, and their ingredient lists get longer and longer, I find myself more interested than ever in making homemade ice cream.
Why does this recipe work?
There is a good reason that this method works and makes smooth and creamy ice cream without any fuss at all. And without any of the iciness that you can expect from other methods like the ones that tell you to mix and freeze the mixture, then stir it every hour or something.
Those no churn ice cream methods are great if you’re looking for a bunch of ice crystals and no smooth, creamy mouthfeel. If it’s not smooth and creamy, it’s just not ice cream to me.
In this recipe, the ingredients have a very low moisture content. If you substitute any of these simple ingredients, I can’t promise you’ll get a good result. Simple recipes like this are really best made as is, if at all possible.
Now I have always loved the melty ice cream that ends up on the bottom of the bowl. That is what you have, basically, before you place it in the freezer for the first time.
If you’re the one who makes the ice cream, then a spoonful of that melty goodness is yours for the taking. I won’t tell.
P.S. Did you say you needed a dairy free version? Try my dairy free no churn ice cream. You’ll love it!