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Vanilla bean ice cream

Homemade ice cream is one of my favorite desserts. Like I’ve mentioned before, watching the ice cream machine always reminds me on fond childhood memories. Last time I did a chocolate ice cream that I used in pretzel ice cream sandwiches. They were good, but to be honest I’m more of a vanilla ice cream kind of guy.

A few weeks ago I was sent a box full of Madécasse goodies and it included a couple of vanilla beans. To be completely honest, before writing this recipe I’d actually never used a fresh vanilla bean. But now that I have, it will be difficult to go back. Why? Because this ice cream came out amazing!

It’s hard to describe exactly how much better ice cream is when it’s made with vanilla bean as opposed to vanilla extract… The flavor is more floral and fresh. Super delicious.

I have to give credit to my parents for the basic recipe I’m using. Though with this variation I used less sugar than my parents would have. You don’t want to get rid of the sugar all together, or you’ll end up with something resembling frozen butter, but I don’t like my ice cream super sweet. Also, with the eggs and heavy cream, this ice cream already has enough calories without adding excessive amounts of sugar.


1 vanilla bean
2 eggs
1/2 c sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 c whipping cream
2 c whole milk

You’ll also need:

Ice cream salt
Cold water

1. In a metal bowl beat eggs with sugar until light and fluffy.

2. Cut the ends off your vanilla bean, then cut down the middle of it so that you can open up the bean. Lay it flat with the cut sides facing up, then scrape your knife along the bean to remove the black seeds.

3. Combine egg mixture with heavy cream, salt, and vanilla bean paste. Heat in a double boiler for 4 to 6 minutes, until it starts to thicken.

4. Remove from heat, whisk in milk, then return to heat for another 2 – 3 minutes.

5. Remove from heat, cover bowl with a towel then let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. You should also put the metal canister from your ice cream maker into the freezer so that it is nice and cold as well.

6. Setup your ice cream maker and let churn until the ice cream begins to come together. You’ll know it’s finished when the inside of your ice cream maker looks like the photo below.

Edgy tip! When you’re setting up your ice cream maker be sure to use plenty of ice cream salt on your ice. It will help keep the machine nice and cold. I also recommend sprinkling a bit of cold water over the salted ice. This will help create a solid surface against the metal canister.

7. Quickly transfer contents from the ice cream maker into a tupperware container. Cover, and let sit in the freezer for at least an hour, then enjoy!

The ice cream should last for a few weeks if kept covered in a freezer.

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