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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Comfort Food, Desserts, Frozen, Gluten-Free, Make-Ahead, Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Serious Vanilla Ice Cream scooped into a rocks glass.
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours 18 minutes
Yield: 1
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Software

  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 9 ounces vanilla sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Specialized Hardware

  • Ice cream maker
Serious Vanilla Ice Cream scooped into a rocks glass.
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours 18 minutes
Yield: 1

Procedure

  • Place the half-and-half and the heavy cream into a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the sugar and whisk to combine. Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar by gradually adding small amounts until about a third of the cream mixture has been added. Pour in the remainder and return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon and reaches 170 to 175ºF. Pour the mixture into a container and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and once it is cool enough to not form condensation on the lid, cover and store for 4 to 8 hours or until the temperature reaches 40ºF or below.
  • Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions. This should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Serve as is for soft serve or freeze for another 3 to 4 hours to allow the ice cream to harden.
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