Sunday, May 16, 2010

First Churn of the Year: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I got out our White Mountain ice cream freezer and made vanilla bean ice cream for Brad for his birthday. I thought I would share the recipe for my fellow ice cream lovers. Ice cream is one thing that Brad and I can't get enough of -- well that and Ghirardelli brownies! And then of course Brad loves his strawberry cake. Last night he said, "Ashlee, I really love that cake."

This recipe is for a large ice cream freezer. It might work for a 4 quart as well.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (6 quarts)

8 egg yolks, beaten
3 cups sugar
2 whole vanilla beans
5 cups milk
7 or 8 cups half and half
1/4 tsp salt

Mix egg yolks, milk, and sugar in a large saucepan. Cut both vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape seeds into mixture. Add vanilla beans to mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture is thickened enough to coat a metal spoon. Do not boil. Remove vanilla beans. Put mixture in a covered container and chill until the custard is no longer hot -- an hour or so in the freezer works great. Pour custard into ice cream freezer canister. Add salt, half and half. Add milk to freezer canister fill line. Freeze according to ice cream freezer instructions. Mine usually takes about 15 minutes with lots of ice and ice cream salt. Careful not to put salt on the very top ice -- we don't want salty ice cream!

Look at all those yummy vanilla bean seeds!

I had just a little taste!

Before packing the ice cream, pull out the dasher. After the ice cream sits for a while the dasher freezes to the sides and is really hard to remove or dip ice cream around.

 Dasher is out!

Now I put the top back on, cork the dasher hole, and cover with a towel until ready to serve. Why do I do this? Basically, because my parents did it when I was growing up! We made multiple churns of peach ice cream every week during the summer. Letting the ice cream sit in the brine for a while allows it to harden some more. The harder ice cream from the sides and bottom is my favorite!

This recipe serves a lot of folks! Yay for summer! I think I might try to make some watermelon ice cream or sorbet this summer. I'll let you know how it turns out!


Dana said...

Mmmmm. I think I may be ordering an ice cream maker the day after we bring home our goats. Which probably is a year or two away, but my mouth waters just thinking about it.

So glad you visited my blog. Enjoying yours!

Molly @ View From a Saddle said...

um you didn't bring me any ice cream!!
vanilla is my favorite!