Vanilla Milk Gelato Recipe
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5 from 10 votes

Vanilla Milk Gelato Recipe

Vanilla Milk Gelato is a simple frozen dessert that allows the vanilla flavor to shine through. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Inactive Time6 hrs
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: gelato recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Heat the milk and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan set over medium heat until simmering, stirring occasionally with a heat-proof spatula. Meanwhile, vigorously whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a medium-sized bowl until the yolks lighten in color slightly.
  • Remove the milk from the heat and pour slowly into the egg yolks while whisking. Pour everything back into the saucepan, scraping the bowl. 
  • Return the saucepan to the heat and, using a heat-proof spatula, stir until the mixture thickens slightly, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and discard the vanilla bean. Stir in the cream and vanilla extract. Allow to cool (I let it cool overnight).
  • Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and prepare the gelato according to the manufacturer's instructions, until it's frozen and scoopable. Alternatively, place the mixture in a metal container and freeze, beating at 1-hour intervals, until the gelato is scoopable.


Recipe adapted from Flavours by Donna Hay


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 112mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 0.2mg