Aug 15, 2011

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I really think that ice cream probably conjures up lots of wonderful memories for most people.  Ice cream cones as kids on a hot summer day, ice cream dates as teenagers, and now as adults we most likely still enjoy a bowl of creamy, sweet ice cream.

I have very fond memories of going with my childhood best friend, Hilary, to her parents boat for the weekend.  After a a few days filled with tubing and boating on and around Lake Michigan we most certainly were not ready to head home but the trip back was made less painful with a stop at The Front Porch.  We would sit outside and enjoy our waffle cones (with a candy corn in the bottom!) filled with cotton candy ice cream or Superman, or fudge ripple, before heading the rest of the way home.  Ice cream always just takes me back to those simpler days.  Hilary and her parents were definitely a second family for me.

There are obviously countless combinations of ice cream to be made but I knew that I needed to master vanilla before I went too far.  This ice cream is creamy, dreamy, and full of classic vanilla flavor.  I topped it with salted caramel sauce leftover from these cupcakes and it was out of this world.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Printable Version

2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the cream with the sugar and salt. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pan and drop in the vanilla pod. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream, the milk, and the vanilla.
3. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is well chilled, 12 hours or overnight. Remove the vanilla bean before churning and then freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

as seen on Annie's Eats, originally from The Perfect Scoop 


Heather Feather said...

Oh this sounds amazing! I love vanilla bean and homemade ice cream! Too bad I don't have an ice cream maker. Than's one of the top on my wishlist :)
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