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Delicious Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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You can’t beat homemade vanilla bean ice cream. This is creamy, smooth, and wonderful. Simply divine, and perfect with a big slice of warm chocolate sheet cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Vanilla Bean, Split And Scraped
  • 3 cups Half-and-half
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 8 whole (up To 9) Large Egg Yolks
  • 3 cups Heavy Cream

Preparation

Heat half-and-half and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan over low heat, adding vanilla “caviar” to the mixture. (You can also drop in the scraped vanilla bean, just to extract all the flavor. Make sure to discard the bean before moving to the next step.) Turn off heat when mixture is totally heated.

Beat egg yolks by hand or with an electric mixer until yolks are pale yellow and slightly thick. Temper the egg yolks by slowly drizzling into the 1 1/2 cups of hot half-and-half mixture, whisking constantly. After that, pour the egg yolk/half-and-half mixture into the pan containing the rest of the half-and-half mixture. Cook over low to medium-low heat (depending on how hot your stove gets) until quite thick, stirring constantly. Drain custard using a fine mesh strainer, then pour into a bowl with the heavy cream. Stir to combine.

Chill mixture completely, then freeze in an ice cream maker until thick. Place container in freezer to harden for at least eight hours.

Serve with something chocolate. Enjoy!

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gagloff on 9.5.2015

This is an awesome recipe but it takes a while to cook! It took over 30 minutes to thicken. I did add mashed bananas right before putting in the fridge. Very smooth and creamy!

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DeAnna on 7.12.2014

I made this and it is truly fabulous. Such great vanilla flavor! I did leave the bean in the custard as it cooled, just to give it some more vanilla. I removed it before I put it in my kitchen aide ice cream bowl.

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BarbDouma on 5.29.2012

Finally, an ice cream that freezes nicely and is the perfect consistency! Try this with Ree’s Bananas Foster recipe. So good!

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