Monday, February 10, 2014

French Vanilla Ice Cream

I know that Valentine's Day is on Friday and I have tons of cards to post, but I just got off a 6 hour and 15 minute shift at work after having three classes this morning. Needless to say, I am too tired to pull the card pictures off my camera. You will have to live with this French vanilla ice cream recipe for now. I'm sure that won't be too hard for you. :) I even got fancy and used a real vanilla bean that I got for Christmas. Once you have the real thing, extracts just don't cut it.

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French Vanilla Ice Cream
makes 1 quart
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
¾ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 vanilla bean
1 tbsp vanilla extract
4 egg yolks

Cut the vanilla bean in half and scrape out all of the seeds. Place the vanilla seeds, vanilla bean, milk, and cream in a medium pot. Heat to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Cover and remove from the heat. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Afterward, stir in the sugar and salt until it is dissolved over medium heat. Whisk the egg yolks together with 1 cup of the milk and cream mixture. Pour this into the pot and stir over medium heat until the custard reaches 170 degrees. Remove from the heat.

Pour the custard through a fine mesh sieve and refrigerate in a sealed container for 5 hours.

Whisk the vanilla extract into the custard. Using an ice cream maker (mine is from Cuisinart), pour the cooled cream and egg mixture into the frozen ice cream maker’s attachment bowl. Let the machine run for 20 minutes.

Serve immediately for soft serve, or pour into a sealed container and freeze for 3 hours for normal ice cream. You may need to let it thaw on the counter for 10 minutes before scooping out and serving.


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