Crème Fraîche Vanilla Ice Cream


Creamy, smooth and delcious, this vanilla ice cream recipe is like nothing you've tasted! Add fresh fruit or other flavors for variety.



  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 cup fresh cream
  • 1½ cups half-and-half
  • ¾ cup sugar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, blend first five ingredients with a whisk. 
  2. Add vanilla and salt and continue blending until sugar is dissolved. It should be frothy when you are done.  
  3. Chill the ice cream mixture in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Pour the mixture into a crank freezer or electric ice-cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s directions. 
  5. Store in a lidded container in the freezer.
  6. If you do not have an ice-cream maker:


  • Fill a quart-size zipper-style bag two-thirds full with the ice cream mixture and zip it closed.
  • Put that bag inside a gallon-size zipper-style bag. 
  • Hold the mouths of the bags flush while somebody else fills the gallon-size bag with crushed ice and rock salt, in layers. 
  • Zip the gallon-size bag closed and begin to massage and shake the bags to achieve the same effect as from a classic ice cream freezer. 
  • Keep checking the quart bag to see if the ice cream has frozen sufficiently. 
  • Ice cream made using this method is generally served at the “soft-serve” stage.


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