Friday, May 15, 2009

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I've made this version of vanilla ice cream a few times now; it's time I posted it here so it'll be easier for me to find! This is my go-to recipe for vanilla bean ice cream. It's not hard to make, and is very creamy and delicious. I love it! Plus, it fits perfectly in my ice cream maker.

Rich Vanilla-Bean Ice Cream
Adapted from Good Housekeeping

1 vanilla bean
3/4 cup vanilla sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
3 cups half-and-half or light cream
4 large egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream

1. In heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat half-and-half to boiling over medium-high. Split vanilla bean open, and scrape out the seeds with the dull part of a knife blade. Add them to the half-and-half. Add the vanilla bean pod also. Leave in until boiling, and then remove vanilla bean pod.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, with a wire whisk (I used my KitchenAid), whisk egg yolks, vanilla sugar, and salt until smooth. Gradually whisk half-and-half into egg yolk mixture. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until mixture coats back of spoon (do not boil, or it will curdle). Remove from heat.

3. Strain custard through small-meshed strainer into large bowl; add heavy cream. Cover bowl and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

4. Freeze in ice-cream maker as manufacturer directs.

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Talita said...

I do love ice cream! But when I begin eating, I can't stop! For that reason I avoid ice cream, if not I'll not pass over the door! lol

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a beautiful photograph!!! My husband will thank you, he is the big ice cream eater in our house.

HoneyB said...

I love vanilla bean ice cream and there is nothing better than homemade!

Linda said...

Your recipe reminds me of how Mom used to make ice cream--looks delicious, and I bet it has that old-fashioned flavor.

Debbie said...

My husband just bought an ice cream maker a few weeks back. I will never eat store bought ice cream again!!! Yours looks great!

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Sonya said...

Oh yum! One of my mother's day gifts was an ice cream maker. Im going to make this for sure!

Log Homes said...

Wonderful ice cream dish!! I cannot wait to try this one out :)