From the Recipe Box: Vanilla Ice Cream – Philly Style

by kitchenarian on August 10, 2011

When I was growing up, making ice cream was such a summer treat. My mom prepared a custard base ice cream with eggs that had to be cooked on the stove top. Sometimes she would add peaches or bananas, but most often she would make plain jane vanilla. My dad would monitor the actual freezing of the ice cream for what seemed (to me) like hours adding ice and rock salt to keep the ice cream freezing. This was a big production in our household, but when it was finally time to eat, it was the best ice cream ever.

I still make custard ice cream for my family occasionally, but more often I use an eggless version, referred to as Philadelphia style, that comes together quickly and the ice cream is usually churning in my counter top ice-cream maker (no ice or salt required!) and is ready in about 20 minutes. I love modern ice cream technology!

I love all kinds of ice cream, but vanilla is still my favorite. Depending on my mood, I will add fruit, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, dulce de leche, crushed cookies or for this occasion, chocolate peanut butter sauce. Go ahead and make some, you deserve it!


2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of whole milk
¾ cup of sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Add the milk and sugar to a sauce pan and heat and stir gently over medium low, until the sugar has dissolved completely. Turn off the heat and add in the whipping cream and vanilla. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight if you are that patient. Makes one quart. You can easily adjust the measurements to fit your ice cream maker.

Kitchenarian Notes: E and I recently made this as part of the E Project. Simple and sweet!


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Kate @ Kate from Scratch August 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Absolutely brilliant. The number one most popular flavor of all time for a very good reason, in my opinion. Love love love it.


Kelly August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

LOVE, love, love your photos!! This ice cream looks so delicious and yes vanilla is, and always will be, my favorite! 🙂


Megan @ The Fresh Fridge August 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Love vanilla ice cream and no eggs, even better! Plus, that chocolate peanut butter sauce sounds pretty amazing.


Barefeet In The Kitchen August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Fabulous photo. I love this recipe for ice cream. It is one of our favorites.


kankana August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

you may just drop off from you chair when I tell you that … I don’t like ice cream. Don’t ask me why .. i don’t know either.. just a weirdo I guess!


Parsley Sage August 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Hot. I’ve just got to get an ice cream maker. I’m LOVING the sound of that peanut butter sauce. If I make some though…it may end up on everything. Ice cream, cookies, cereal, grilled cheese sammiches, eggplant. Who knows!?


yummychunklet August 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Looks delicious!


Tiffany August 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Simple and sweet is right!


Liz August 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Vanilla is tops in my book, too…yours looks amazing!


Emily @ Life on Food August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I would have to say homemade vanilla ice cream is my favorite. You really cannot beat the simplicity of it.


Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

You can’t go wrong with classic vanilla, this one sounds great, I love your story!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Homemade ice cream is such a delicious treat! Classic vanilla is wonderful and can be topped so many yummy different ways!


Ann August 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Delicious! It’s amazing how far ice-cream technology has come….


Val August 11, 2011 at 3:52 am

I have got to buy an ice cream maker! I love how your whole family got together in the summer to produce some amazing ice-cream. Classic vanilla is always the best.

Reply August 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

Oh my, this is excellent!! I, too, love all ice cream, but vanilla will always remain my favorite.


fivefinickyeaters August 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

Interesting…We are going to have to give this a try. So much easier then separating and tempering the eggs. I always get cries for vanilla ice cream – done right – simply the best


Nelly Rodriguez August 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Gorgeous ice cream! Perfect for the end of summer!


Sandra's Easy Cooking August 12, 2011 at 1:04 am

what a great recipe, and pictures are mouthwatering..I enjoyed this post very much!


Elies_Lie August 12, 2011 at 5:44 am

This noon is so hot in Indonesia – & here I’m open ur page LOL
very tempting Ice Cream!
Congratz for the top9 on Foodbuzz! 😉


Kita August 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

Beautiful and delicious looking ice cream. And I’ll be honest – I didn’t even know there was a Philly style. 😉


Nami | Just One Cookbook August 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I adore the first picture very much…it’s simple yet your vanilla ice cream stands out. I used to like all kinds of flavor when I was younger but in recent years I started to appreciate simple GOOD vanilla and it made me realized how great it is. I am bookmarking this as I bought ice cream maker this summer and trying all kinds. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!


Cheryl and Adam @ August 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Homemade ice cream is truly the best summer (or winter, for the matter) treat! We didn’t know there was a Philly style either, but it’s so simple and easy it’s on the dessert menu before the season’s out. Congrats on the Top 9, very well deserved!


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