Dad’s Vanilla Ice-cream

by Suzanne on May 30, 2014

in Sweet Things


My most favorite ice cream recipe is this one from my Dad. He used to make this ice cream every Summer for the 4th of July when we would have swim parties and BBQ’s with family and friends. We all loved listening to the ice-cream maker get slower and slower while we swam, then it turned off and we could finally get some of this creamy rich vanilla ice-cream. Sometimes we would have fresh peaches to put on or strawberries and even chocolate syrup but most of us just liked it straight up unadulterated vanilla! I’ve made this ice cream so many times and so has Dad that we have it memorized, but maybe some future posterity will want this recipe to remember us by. My grandmother was a great cook of Southern food and we took it for granted, she didn’t use written recipes just by feel and sight so when she passed away 18 years ago all those wonderful family recipes went with her. I wish I would have spent sometime with her learning her secrets, I do my best to recreate some of the things she made but it’s not the same.


Dad’s Vanilla Ice-cream

4 eggs beaten until light
2 1/2 cup sugar
6 cups half and half
4 cups whipping cream
2 T. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Step 1: In a large deep bowl or even a stock pot big enough to hold a gallon of liquid, beat the eggs until light in color.
Step 2: While beating the eggs on low slowly add the sugar until all is combined, the mixture will look thick and fluffy.
Step 3: While mixing on low, slowly pour in the half and half and whipping cream then add the vanilla and salt. When the mixture is combined well then pour into a gallon size ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 4: When the ice cream is done, or when my ice cream maker stops, enjoy your soft serve ice cream or scoop into another gallon size container and freeze for using later.

Dad's homemade vanilla ice-cream |

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sophie May 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

A georgous ice-cream & many lovely memories for you when you make this glorious winning creation,…your dad’s ice-cream looks superb & very appetizing too!.



2 Suzanne June 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Thank you Sophie, it’s truly a wonderful recipe but rich!


3 Carol June 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I have had very little experience—in fact no experiences—with homemade ice cream until last year. Oh my goodness I could not believe what I was tasting. This was NOT merely vanilla ice cream. I immediately went out and bought an ice cream maker. What a wonderful memory you have connected with this recipe. That makes it even more special—–well that and all the cream, lol. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the memories.


4 Suzanne June 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Carol, once you get to making your own ice-cream and trying out different recipes it makes store bought ice-cream not taste as good :).


5 Sophie June 9, 2014 at 3:58 am

I made your lovely creamy ice-cream & loved it so much! So did my hubby!
It was very yum yum! x


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