Generally, I’m not the biggest fan of vanilla ice cream. It’s not that I dislike it, there are just many more interesting flavors (like rocky road or mocha almond fudge) I’d rather choose. This recipe, however, changes everything…
|Scrape the vanilla beans from the vanilla pod|
|Add the vanilla bean pod to the cream mixture|
|Follow the ice cream maker's directions for the freezing process|
Vanilla Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean
Make a slit along the length of the vanilla bean, open and scrape the seeds out with the back of a knife. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer on low speed or a whisk, combine the milk, sugar and salt (until the sugar is dissolved). Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla and vanilla bean seeds. Add the vanilla pod to the mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the vanilla bean pod and add mixture to ice cream maker, being sure to add the seeds that sunk to the bottom of the bowl. Prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately or freeze for 1-2 hours for a firmer consistency.
Adapted from Cuisinart Simple Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe