This recipe for vanilla ice cream only has four ingredients, and none of them are unpronounceable. It requires a bit of patience to let the ice cream harden, but prepare it the day before and it will be ready to impress any evening guests. Once you have the recipe down, try adding nuts and chocolate shavings—or bacon and bourbon. Who am I to judge?


2 vanilla pods (check the spice aisle)

500 ml whipping cream

3 oz. powdered sugar

3 egg yolks


In a medium saucepan, bring whipping cream and sugar to a boil.

Remove mixture from heat. Transfer to a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Add the egg yolks one at a time, while whisking.

Open the vanilla pods using a sharp knife. Scrape the seeds into the mixture.

Place bowl into the freezer to chill for several hours. (This step depends on the freezer’s temperature, as well as how soft you like your ice cream. Test the ice cream’s progress by having a bite once in a while.)