This genius, no-ice-cream-maker-required, recipe for vanilla ice cream produces a dreamy, soft serve-like consistency straight from your food processor. Dress it up with sprinkles, cherries, or whatever toppings you love best. 

Recipe by Well Done


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
6 hrs 20 mins
Serves 4 to 6 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until well combined. Add cream and milk; whisk until well combined. Cook over medium-low, stirring often with a rubber spatula, until mixture reaches 170°F, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla and salt. If any solids form in the mixture, pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, and discard solids. Transfer cream mixture to a chilled bowl, and place bowl in a larger bowl of ice and water. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until mixture is room temperature or cooler, about 20 minutes.

  • Pour cream mixture evenly into 24 ice-cube tray compartments. Freeze until solid, about 6 hours.

  • Transfer frozen ice cream cubes to a food processor, and process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately, or transfer to a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until ready to use. Serve ice cream topped with sprinkles and cherries.