Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla of the most popular ice cream flavor in the world, that’s of all the ice cream flavors in the world! Makes you think you should always have some in the freezer! The Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is so easy that there is no excuse not to!

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The Cuisinart Vanilla ice cream recipe does not disappoint. It’s also so easy to make! I have Cuisinart’s Ice Cream & Gelato Professional, but you certainly don’t have to be a professional to use it. Just make your ice cream base, store it in the fridge for up to 2 hours, then pour the mix right into the machine, set the timer, and after about 40 minutes, it’s done.

In less that an hour, you have smooth, ready-to-serve, creamy vanilla ice cream. I do pop it into the freezer for about an hour and then serve, but no reason why you can’t just devour it then. You can use this recipe as a base for so many other types of ice cream!

Where does vanilla come from

The vanilla taste comes from the vanilla bean, one of the most expensive spices in the world! The bean is the seed pod of the vanilla orchid, which is native to Mexico. The Aztecs were the first to use vanilla beans, and they used them to flavor their chocolate drinks, as well as many other foods. Vanilla beans were brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 16th century and now it’s found all around the world.

Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

This is a Philadelphia style or American style recipe which means there are no egg yolks needed! It makes it one of the easy recipes to start with for any Vanilla ice cream. These are also pretty simple ingredients to find.

  • Whole milk: Whole milk is one of the key ingredients in making Cuisinart Vanilla ice cream. Whole milk is high in fat which gives the ice cream its rich and creamy texture. In short, it sets the base for your homemade ice cream. Using skim milk or nonfat milk will not give it the depth of flavor, but you can still use those if you can’t find whole milk.
  • Granulated sugar: Obviously, sugar sweetens the final product and plays an important role in the freezing process. Granulated sugar is the most common sugar used to make ice cream. Combined with milk and cream, it also helps prevent ice crystals from forming, ensuring you get a smooth result.
  • Heavy cream (Double Cream): Heavy cream is another must in making vanilla ice cream. It adds richness, body, and flavor to the finished product. When selecting a heavy cream, you may also see terms like “whipping” (double cream) or “cooking” cream. These are both suitable for making ice cream. Heavy whipping cream will produce a lighter finished product, while cooking cream will result in richer ice cream.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is also super important in making vanilla ice cream. Sometimes it’s difficult to find vanilla beans, so thank goodness, you can find vanilla extract. Make sure you use a good one. I always use Taylor & Colledge Organic & Fairtrade Vanilla Bean Extract because it’s a UK product, but in the USA I would use Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract! It’s worth it to spend the money to buy a quality vanilla extract.

How to make Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

Follow these simple steps or their delicious homemade vanilla ice cream recipe. These come directly from Cuisinart and are really easy to follow.

  1. Pour milk into a medium or large bowl, add sugar and whisk well until sugar gets completely dissolved.
  2. When the sugar dissolves, mix in the vanilla and cream until thoroughly combined.
  3. Cover the bowl and add this milk mixture to the refrigerator for two hours or overnight. It just won’t work as well if it’s room temperature.
  4. When ready, take it out of the refrigerator, transfer it to the Cuisinart ice cream maker or any maker you have, and make it according to the manual instructions.
  5. When ready, transfer to the serving bowls and serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for 2 weeks.

Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream in the Maker

How Much Ice Cream Does this Make?

This makes about 1 liter or 4 cups of ice cream! I served eight people a taste or 6 people a generous bowl! It really does beat store-bought ice cream every time!

The Ice Cream maker to use!

You have to have an ice cream maker if you want to make ice cream or sorbet! I started making it using the Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato.

There is no faffing around with bowls in the freezer. When you are ready for ice cream, it’s ready. Just turn on the Cuisinart ice cream maker and go. In about 40 minutes, you have ice cream that you can eat right then, or you can put it in the freezer to harden up a bit more. Once done in, you’ll have about 1 litre of ice cream ready to devour!

Tips to Remember

Here are some tips to remember while making vanilla ice cream in your Cuisinart machine:

  • If you do have the an ice cream maker that has a freezer bowl, make sure you do that for at least 24 hours before you plan to make your ice cream. This will help ensure that your ice cream comes out smooth and creamy.
  • Always use fresh ingredients to help your ice cream taste its best.
  • Make sure all of your ingredients are at the correct temperature. This means that your milk and cream should be cold.
  • Vanilla bean paste can be mixed in a ratio of 1:1, giving you a stronger vanilla flavor along with vanilla bean flecks.
  • You can add a dash of salt to the ice cream mixture, and it will enhance the flavor.
  • Do not overfill the Cuisinart ice cream maker. If you do, the ice cream may not freeze properly and will more likely leak out when you remove the lid.
  • Ensure that all of the parts of your Cuisinart ice cream maker are properly assembled before you begin making the ice cream. If any parts aren’t securely in place, this can also lead to leaks and poor freezing.
  • If you want your ice cream to be extra creamy, you can add a little bit of half-and-half (USA) during the last minute of churning. Just be sure to add only a little, or your ice cream will be too soft.
  • If you pop it in the freezer after churning, let the ice cream soften slightly before serving for the best results. Serve with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
  • If you want to store ice cream, be sure to store it in an freezer container that is airtight. This will help it stay fresh and delicious for longer.
Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

Adding to Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

Want to add bits to the original recipe or make it vegan? Here are a few variations you can try, tf you want to add mix-ins like chocolate chips or chopped nuts, do so during the last minute of churning or after the ice cream has been transferred to an airtight container. Adding them too early can cause them to sink to the bottom of the bowl or become incorporated into the ice cream itself, which can affect texture adversely:

  • Oreos: Adding Oreos to vanilla ice cream can change the taste and texture of the ice cream. The cookies will add sweetness and crunchiness to the ice cream.
  • Chocolate chips: Adding chocolate chips to vanilla ice cream can change the flavor and texture, making it more exciting.
  • Nuts: Add chopped nuts like pistachios or pecans for crunch.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: You can add this in as well. Using a cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, doesn’t make it chocolate ice cream, but adds a dusting of chocolate through the whole thing!

How to serve Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

If you serve it immediately, I would suggest a bowl or cup, because it has more of a soft serve ice cream quality. If you have the chance to put it in the freezer than an ice cream cone, bowl, mug or anyway you see fit!

There are so many toppings that you can add!

  • Crushed peppermint: Crushed peppermint is a popular topping for vanilla ice cream. It has a refreshing taste that compliments the sweetness of vanilla ice cream and adds a festive touch to vanilla ice cream. Perfect for the holidays!
  • Crushed candy pieces: Any candy you love will you! They give a sweet and crunchy contrast to the smooth and creamy texture of the ice cream.
  • Cookie Dough Bites: These you add on top or in ice cream during the process.
  • Brownie bits: You can top your vanilla ice cream with any leftover brownie bits – but they usually are eaten right away!
  • Homemade hot fudge: Homemade hot fudge is the perfect topping for vanilla ice cream. It’s rich and chocolatey, and it pairs well with the sweetness of the ice cream. The combination of hot and cold is a favorite!
  • Raspberry sauce: The sweetness of the vanilla pairs perfectly with the tartness of the raspberry, and together they create a flavor that is irresistible and looks beautiful.
  • Fresh Fruit: Don’t feel like making a sauce, just add fresh strawberries for a taste explosion!

Frequently asked questions

Can you make lactose-free vanilla ice cream?

Absolutely! If you don’t have lactose tolerance and want to enjoy homemade vanilla ice cream, you can replace whole milk with lactose-free milk. moreover, you can also use coconut cream or lactose-free heavy cream.

Is vanilla ice cream gluten-free?

Vanilla ice cream is typically gluten-free, but it’s important to check the ingredients list to make sure there are no gluten-containing additives.

How long does vanilla ice cream last in the freezer?

Homemade vanilla ice cream can last up to two weeks in the freezer, while store-bought varieties may last longer due to the addition of stabilizers. It’s important to store ice cream in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming.

Can I make a vegan version of vanilla ice cream

Yes! You can also make a vegan version of vanilla ice cream. You can do that by replacing dairy milk with plant-based milk. I prefer using coconut milk as it has a thick and creamy consistency. Similarly, you can replace heavy cream with coconut cream as a vegan alternative.

Can I use vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract to make vanilla ice cream?

Yes, vanilla bean can be used to flavor vanilla ice cream. Simply split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds, and add them to the cream mixture as it heats on the stove. The vanilla bean pod can also be steeped in the mixture to infuse more flavor.

Where to find great Vanilla Ice Cream

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Here is the recipe!

Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream

Cuisinart Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla of the most popular ice cream flavor in the world, that’s of all the ice cream flavors in the world! Makes you think you should always have some in the freezer! The Cuisinart Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is so easy that there is no excuse not to!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 scoops
Calories 235 kcal


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine the milk and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk together until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Stir in the cream and the vanilla
  • Cover and put in the fridge for at least two hours, but I would do overnight
  • Take out of the fridge and make it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (I always use my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker)*
  • Wow everyone by serving it immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.


*Cuisinart users:
  • Pour in the ice cream mixture, add the ice cream paddle and then turn it on
  • I set the timer for 35 minutes
  • You can always churn it longer if you want it harder
  • Put it in the freezer to harden up some more


Serving: 100gCalories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 22mgPotassium: 83mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 739IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword ice cream, vanilla
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