Special Equipment: an ice-cream maker.
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Recipe makes 6 to 8 servings. Total time 3 hours and 40 minutes, including chilling time. Active time 20 minutes.
- 2½ cups heavy cream
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 1½ cups whole milk
- In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla bean. Place over low heat and heat the cream mixture while stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir constantly, and do not let the mixture boil. The goal is to dissolve the sugar and infuse the vanilla bean flavor into the cream. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Remove the cream mixture from the heat and stir in the milk. Pour into a heatproof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold, ideally overnight.
- When you are ready to make the ice cream, remove the vanilla bean from the ice cream mixture and squeeze the seeds into the mixture. Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. The amount of time it takes to churn the ice cream depends on the model of ice-cream maker, usually 20 to 40 minutes. Serve and enjoy immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and freeze.
Recipe first featured on Ranch To Table Season 3 Episode 8: "Ranch Reunion" on the Magnolia Network.