Vanilla bean ice cream is a simple, classic flavor that you can never go wrong with. This basic recipe is not difficult to make and has a ton of vanilla flavor – thanks to two whole vanilla beans that go into the recipe! You may never go back to store bought ice cream again.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
2 vanilla beans, split
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
In a heavy saucepan, combine vanilla, cream and milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes.
Whisk together sugar and egg yolks in a medium bowl. Temper the egg yolks with a little bit of hot cream. Gradually whisk all the cream into the eggs. Return all to saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring, until custard is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. You will just start to see steam coming off the custard.
Strain custard into a bowl. Scrape vanilla beans into the custard and stir to combine. Cool mixture over an ice bath or in the fridge until completely cool.
Freeze as directed by your ice cream maker.
And eat something healthy for dinner when you’re having this for dessert.
AnonymousApril 3, 2005
mmm looks good! i wish i had an ice-cream maker.. 🙁
-gwenda of taott.ipadder.com
NicApril 3, 2005
I’ve used the freeze-and-stir technique to make sorbets in the past. I’m not sure that it will work the same way with ice cream, but I bet you could give it a shot.