I bought my first Kitchen Aid a couple of months ago and I’m hopelessly in love. It’s kind of ridiculous. It makes everything so easy. And I love making homemade pizza dough with it. But I was really, really excited when I found out that you can get an ice cream maker attachment. So that’s what I requested for Mother’s Day. And it has arrived and it is marvelous!
We went to a barbeque at my sister-in-law’s new house on Saturday and I thought it would be fun to bring some homemade ice cream. I thought vanilla was a good place to start and looked up a couple of recipes for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. I was disappointed to discover that vanilla beans run about $11 each… and since one recipes requires a whole bean I thought that was pretty ridiculous. So instead I opted to make a Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s still more special than regular ol’ vanilla, but a heckuva lot cheaper. And it’s pretty simple… although it does require some forethought.
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream
(Makes about a quart)
- 2 cups (1 pint) half-and-half
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
- 3 1/2 teaspoons Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the half-and-half to a simmer. Do not let it boil; watch it carefully and remove just before boiling point. In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar with a whisk until well blended. Add the half-and-half and whisk to combine. Return the half-and-half mixture to the saucepan and heat again, until steaming, but not boiling. Remove from heat and stir in whipping cream, vanilla extract and salt. Chill in refrigerator for about 6 hours.
Prepare in your ice cream maker according to directions.
When it is ready it will be a soft-serve consistency, which is delicious. But if you’d like it to be more of an ice cream consistency, freeze for 2-4 hours or overnight in an airtight container.
I served this with some Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars and it was so good. The perfect way to celebrate the start of summer.