Forgive me already. I know you’ll want a bite of this one. If you haven’t noticed, we have a giveaway going on for an ice cream maker on WeUseCoupons. Check it out!! It’s summer, and yesterday it was 90 degrees. Wait what? It’s only May! It’s still spring. So why is it so stinking HOT. What better on a hot, humid afternoon that a delicious, creamy, melt in your mouth and make you want another bite Homemade vanilla bean icec ream. Yea, I know you want to just go out and buy an awesome ice cream maker now LOL!
As I have stated before, I’m not chef. Heck, I’m not even a real foodie, I just love food and don’t have lots of money to go out to highfalutin restaurants So I learned to cook and try new things. Once new thing for me was Vanilla Bean, like the actually beans. I didn’t even know how to use them, where to look in the store, yea, total novice. My beautiful wife informed me they were in the spices section in a little bottle. They almost look like a green string bean, except black.
This truly is a basic ice cream recipe with vanilla beans in it and yea, they make a BIG difference. My awesome wife showed me how to get the little beans out of the stalk. The best way is to slice the bean on one edge and then use a spoon to get the beans out. It took a little practice but by the end of the process I was a pro.
As you can see the ice cream was so delicious. It was an easy recipe and topped with a few chocolate chips I was one happy husband. You must try this really simple, but crowd pleasing homemade vanilla bean ice cream recipe!
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 vanilla bean (scraped)
- Combine all ingredients into a pan and place over medium heat.
- The vanilla bean can be a little tricky, take a knife and cut it along a seam and then use a spoon to get out the beans. Add them to the picture. I also added the bean itself once most of the beans are out just to impart more flavor.
- Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to 170 degrees F. (Use a candy thermometer). If you don't have a temperature measurement gauge, you can eye ball this. Just continue heating until you begin to see bubbles. Immediately remove from heat and do not let the mixture boil.
- Remove from heat after mixture reaches 170 for 4 minutes and remove the vanilla bean itself.
- Place in a container and let cool in your fridge overnight.
- Once ready, place in ice cream maker. Mine was ready in 30-45 minutes. It will be soft, to firm up the ice cream place back into freezer until firm.