Knowing how to make a basic vanilla ice cream will serve you well in life. This is what makes a slice of birthday cake, a wedge of Thanksgiving pie, or even a simple banana split on a hot summer night feel extra special and extra memorable. Plus, once you master this recipe, you're well on your way to inventing your own flavors and making the ice cream of your dreams.
Vanilla ice cream with an egg custard base isn't particularly hard, but it can feel that way the first time you make it. Here's a straightforward guide through all the tricky steps so you know exactly what to do and what to expect along the way.