Since it had been a bit warmer lately, I thought that it was time to bring my ice cream maker out of hibernation. Vanilla ice cream is my favorite ice cream and since I had picked up some vanilla beans a while ago and I had been impatiently waiting to make some. I started with my basic ice cream recipe and added a few extra egg yolks to make it even creamier. By the time the mixture was done cooking it was really thick like custard and I could have eaten it all just like that with a spoon. But my goal was vanilla ice cream and not vanilla custard. I used some vanilla sugar that I had made myself by placing the used vanilla bean pods into the container with the sugar. The vanilla bean ice cream turned out really well. It was nice and creamy and the vanilla flavour was nice and strong, just the way I like it. The ice cream was full of nice dark flecks of vanilla bean. I don’t seem to have much luck taking photos of ice cream. It always seems to melt before I get a shot that I like.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- 1 vanilla bean pod
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cups vanilla sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- Slice the vanilla bean open lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
- Heat the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean seeds in a sauce pan until it almost boils, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Add one table spoon of the cream mixture to the eggs to temper them.
- Add the egg mixture to the sauce pan.
- Cook at low heat until it thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
- You may want to strain the mixture at this point to remove any bits that may have formed while cooking.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge.
- Freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.
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pastry studio says
I agree with you about taking shots of ice cream and sorbet! It’s a complete flurry of hurry, hurry, hurry!
This looks delicious nonetheless. Pure vanilla is a very special treat. Please keep making ice cream!
Vanilla is my absolute favorite! Looks delicious!
Oh, just look at that delicious ice cream! Vanilla is one of my very favorite flavours. Another fine recipe from Kevin’s kitchen!
Ahh, homemade vanilla bean ice cream – so rich, pure, and delightful. Yum!
I dunno, that shot looks pretty good to me!
I like a sprinkle of god sea salt on my ice cream.
Amazing!!! We have a product here in the states called vanilla bean crush. I think you can order it from the King Arthur Flour company. It is like a paste of vanilla beans plus extract. I will have to try that in some ice cream, as it is much less expensive than buying the whole pods.
I was just thinking about making vanilla bean ice cream and I have vanilla sugar too! Thanks for the recipe!
Mmmmm. Vanilla is my favorite. I need to get my ice cream maker out of hiding too 🙂
Jessy and her dog Winnie says
Nice! I love the little specks of vanilla!
that looks gorgeous!
Proud Italian Cook says
It looks so creamy and delicious Kevin!
Gretchen Noelle says
Oh how I wish I had an ice cream maker!
That icecream looks perfect just the way it is shown. Personally, I hate hard icecream so your pic with it softening around the outside just a bit is just how I like my icecream.
It’s my favorite flavor too. It looks divine!
Sounds divine Kevin!!!!
Antonio Tahhan says
I just bought an ice cream maker and now I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival in the mail!! I love that you use REAL vanilla – makes a huge difference… I’m a sucker for those polka dots.
the problem with ice cream is that it always ends up in my tummy before I take a photo…
Lovely ice cream. I’m amazed by your postings. Do you have these planned months in advance?
I just love real vanilla beans and your ice cream looks amazing!
Wow. I think I’m inspired enough to go out and buy my own ice cream maker.
Yummy looking ice cream – Mmmmm!!
I love vanilla.
That’s my favorite flavor of ice cream too. And it was 100 degrees here today! I sure wish I had some of that right now!
Kevin, I am so glad I opened your blog again. I am looking for a recipe for an ice cream where the eggs won’t be fresh and put to the fridge (because I do not have my own chicks, I am afraid a bit of salmonela)… you gave me the perfect recipe! I will try it right on! (my son already asked me if I can make an ice cream too…) thank you!
Laura @ Hungry and Frozen says
I love vanilla ice cream – so classic. And you’re right, with any ice cream I find it so hard not to eat all the unfrozen custard!! Looks gorgeous 🙂 🙂 🙂
nothing beats a perfect home-made vanilla ice-cream..i just love this!! perfect with pies and tart..yummy
ps, i like your photo
Mochachocolata Rita says
I’m not much of a vanilla ice cream girl, but this looks nice! i havent ventured far enough to making my own ice cream yet ^_^
I love real vanilla ice-cream, just like that!
I don’t enjoy vanilla ice-cream which I can’t even see the spots of vanilla. Then I get the feeling of being duped that I was served ice-cream with just vanilla essence :O
Yummy! Vanilla bean ice-cream is my very favorite. 🙂
Your photo and the ice cream look pretty good to me. I’m starting to get convinced that I need an ice cream maker!
we’ve got vanilla, french vanilla, less sugar vanilla, lite vanilla, vanilla yogurt, and vanilla bean ice cream, just to name a few. vanilla bean is far and away my favorite, and yours looks fantastic.
I love vanilla Kevin is so delicious and this look wonderful and you dont believe this: I post an apples tarta so nice with this Vanilla Ice cream. Yummy recipe!!xGloria
Ice cream is so difficult to photograph! You should put your bowl in the freezer before photographing. Make sure everything is set up, including your camera before you finally make that shot. Prepping before hand makes a huge difference. Regardless, I think you have a very nice shot!
anything with vanilla i am in. its my fav flavour…your vanilla bean recipe rocks….
I’m really enjoying making ice cream at the moment and vanilla is one of my favourites. Looks really good!
JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says
Looks great Kevin! I love making ice cream, I actually have a post about it coming up! Vanilla is one of my favorites too, especially when you can see the vanilla bean seeds!
Wow! That looks awesome. Vanilla ice cream is worth it if it is made with real vanilla beans!
Oh but I love the melty shots! And vanilla ice cream is so good; it makes such a great base to throw other things in as well XD.
Mmmm…this makes me wish I had an ice cream maker!
kevin! that looks amazing. just what i need to pair with my rhubarb grunt! 🙂
What about the photo??? It looks deeelicious to me! I love the little speckles of vanilla bean!
Marc @ NoRecipes says
Looks delicious Kevin. Whenever i photograph ice cream I stick the dish I’m putting it in into the freezer for about 20 minutes to get it nice and cold. It keeps the ice cream from melting too quickly.
Peter M says
Kevin, I’m with you..vanilla ice cream is tops.
Mike of Mike's Table says
It looks great and I agree, frozen dessert photos are the worst. Its like a ticking time bomb…
I tried some “fancy” plating with a gelato (not posted yet) recently and I just couldn’t get a photo I liked. I kept trying to adjust things here and there to get it just right, until finally, everything fell apart and made quite a fantastic mess. lol, my first ever food photo shoot that required a total re-do.
Oh my homemade Vaniila ice cream such pure pleasure in a dish!! It looks SO delicious Kevin!
I LOVE ice cream!!!!!!
Hi, really nice recipe! I tried it out and it tasted really great!
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One thing you can try to get a good picture before it melts is to freeze the bowl that the ice cream is going in before you scoop it.