Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream

So yummy, you'll never buy store bought again!  This recipe also makes a great base for chocolate-chip ice-cream; just add mini-chocolate chips when churning.

1 quart heavy cream
1 quart 1/2 and 1/2
2 cups sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, cut and beans scraped out
2 Tbls vanilla extract

Beat eggs with whisk; slowly add sugar and beat thoroughly. Add 1 pint heavy cream and beat again. Stir in 2 Tbls. vanilla extract, and meat of vanilla bean.

Pour mixture into a large saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring often until mixture is lukewarm (110-120 degrees).

Remove from heat, cover and cool in your refrigerator one hour.

Add remaining heavy cream and 1/2 and 1/2 and mix thoroughly.

Churn according to you ice-cream maker directions.  Freeze according to your ice-cream maker directions.

Option: Use your favorite cookies and make cookie ice-cream sandwiches!

Serve with your favorite toppings!  Yummmm!