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Easy vanilla ice cream

Author: Sarah Brooks
This easy vanilla ice cream is simple to make and is egg free. Great on its own, in an ice cream sundae or paired with your favourite desserts.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Plus chilling time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 serves (⅔ cup each), approx.
Calories 383 kcal


  • ice cream maker


  • 2 teaspoons (5gms) tapioca starch
  • 1 cup (250gms) full cream milk
  • 2 cups (500mls) thickened cream
  • ½ cup (110gms) castor sugar
  • ½ tablespoon (15gms) glucose syrup *optional
  • 2 teaspoons (10mls) vanilla extract


  • Put the tapioca starch into a small bowl. Measure the milk. Add a couple of table spoons of milk into the bowl with the tapioca starch and mix well to form a slurry.
  • Add remaining milk, cream, sugar and glucose syrup (if using) to a small saucepan.
  • Heat on high, stirring well until all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add tapioca starch slurry and mix well for a few minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Add vanilla essence or extract and mix well.
  • Transfer to heatproof container, cover and chill in fridge for at least four hours, ideally overnight.
  • Put storage container into freezer to chill
  • If using a self churning machine turn it on ten minutes before churning to cool down. Other wise remove the bowl from the freezer just before churning.
  • Churn the ice cream. It will be the consistency of soft serve when done.
  • Transfer churned ice cream to chilled container and freeze until firm.
  • To serve remove from the freezer, scoop and enjoy! Great on its own, in a ice cream sundae or pared with your favourite desserts. Delicious!


You can substitute tapioca starch with the same amount of corn flour/corn starch.  If substituting, add the slurry with the sugars at the start of the cooking because the corn flour/starch needs to cook for longer to activate it. 
Corn flour/starch doesn't freezer as well, so your ice cream maybe a little icier, but will still taste delicious!
If you don't use glucose syrup your ice cream may freeze a little firm.  Put it in the fridge for about ten minutes to make it soft enough to scoop (this is better than leaving it on the bench because it will soften uniformly).  


Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 137mgSugar: 25gVitamin A: 1223IUVitamin C: 0.5mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.

Keywords: egg free, French vanilla ice cream, philadelphia style ice cream
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