Thursday, April 19, 2012

2 Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Well it is getting hot. . . 
and here in Texas we have 20+ degrees to go before getting to our typical 100 degree summers. 
But don't worry, 
I have the perfect summer afternoon treat for you. 
Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 
This creamy, cold bowl of deliciousness is the most amazing way to cool down on those summer days!  
So with a bowl of ice cream in mind, 
I say bring on the heat! :-) 
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine 1 cup of the cream with the sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.  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.  Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream, the milk and the vanilla.
Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is well chilled.  Remove the vanilla bean before churning. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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