How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream with a KitchenAid

Vanilla Ice Cream

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

A cup or a cone filled with a swirl of this soft serve ice cream is a summertime staple. This time of year you can often catch me grabbing a cone from the Mister Softee truck in NYC! 

I wanted to learn how to make my own vanilla ice cream at home and this recipe has become my absolute favorite. There are many different ways to make ice cream at home—in this recipe we're going to walk you through how to make ice cream using a KitchenAid stand mixer and the ice cream make attachment.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 12 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt

Mix Vanilla Beans, Cream and Milk

Vanilla Beans
Kristina Vanni

The decadent flavor in this recipe comes from vanilla beans. Slice vanilla beans in half lengthwise and scrape insides into the cream and milk and bring to a boil. 

Beat Egg Yolks and Sugar

Mixing Egg Yolks and Sugar
Kristina Vanni

While waiting for the vanilla cream to boil, beat the egg yolks with the sugar in the bowl of a KitchenAid stand mixer until you have beautiful golden ribbons. 

When the cream has come to a boil, turn off the heat, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. 

Temper Yolks

Temper the eggs
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After the cream mixture has steeped for 30 minutes, bring the cream back to a simmer. Temper the egg yolk mixture by adding hot cream a little at a time to the bowl with the egg yolks, while whisking constantly. Return the tempered egg mixture to the pot. Continue stirring with a wooden spoon on medium heat for about 4 minutes.

The ice cream base is is ready when you dip a spoon in cream, holding it horizontally, run a finger down spoon, and get a clean line that doesn't fill in immediately. 

Chill the Ice Cream Base

Ice cream base
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Strain the ice cream base through a fine mesh strainer into plastic container with a lid and refrigerate. Also, at this point make sure you place the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment in the freezer. It needs to be in the freezer at least 15 hours before churning the ice cream. Keep it way in the back to make sure it stays nice and cold!  

Churn Ice Cream

KitchenAid Stand Mixer - Ice Cream Maker Attachment
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Now comes the fun part - churning the ice cream! Remove the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment from the freezer and add the refrigerated ice cream base. Churn on low for 20-30 minutes until the ice cream achieves the desired consistency.  

Serve the Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream

Soft serve style ice cream
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To create soft serve style ice cream, place churned ice cream into a large resealable plastic bag. Snip off about 1-inch of the tip and swirl into serving bowls. Freeze again for at least 4 hours.

Top with Sprinkles and Enjoy!

Vanilla Ice Cream with Sprinkles
Vanilla Ice Cream with Sprinkles. Kristina Vanni

Don't forget the sprinkles! Because sprinkles make everything better. Enjoy!