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Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream

Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream       

vanilla ice cream

Vanilla Flower


1 cup whole milk

½ cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream

Pinch of sea salt

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scrape beans out

4 large egg yolks

2 teaspoons of real vanilla extract

Ice Cream Maker

Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream


Warm the milk, sugar, salt and 1 cup of the cream in a saucepan. Add the scrapped beans and pod. Cover and remove from heat. Let set at room temperature 30 minutes.

Pour remaining 1 cup of cream into a large mixing bowl, set aside. Whisk together the egg yolks in a separate bowl. Slowly pour the warm saucepan mixture into the egg yolks whisking constantly.  Return to the saucepan and scrape sides and bottom while heating over medium heat. The mixture will thicken so that it coats a spatula.

Pour contents, through a sieve, into the reserved 1 cup of cream. Add vanilla extract. Stir a few minutes over an ice bath until cooled; then chill thoroughly in refrigerator.

Remove the vanilla bean pod and freeze the mixture according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Makes about 1 quart of ice cream

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