Homemade ice cream is really quite easy. It’s a little time consuming, yes, but along with the fabulous treat you’ll have in your freezer comes the satisfaction of knowing you made it. What’s even better than homemade ice cream? Developing your very own ice cream recipe!
The basic recipe for homemade ice cream is pretty simple, in fact, quite basic. You will need some milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar and flavoring. There are plenty of different recipes out there, but the basic recipe remains. There are some that use eggs, not just yolks, and some that use half and half or skim milk, brown sugar, white sugar, and even caster sugar. So after looking at a couple dozen different sources, I went with the basics and created my own brown sugar vanilla bean ice cream.
I’ve had some Madagascar vanilla beans in my pantry for several months now, just waiting for the right recipe to come along. I’ve always wanted to make vanilla bean ice cream, and using some brown sugar seemed utterly yummy, so why not combine the two?
The results were delicious!
1) I’m going to make this again, only this time I will make sure to use a rubber spatula when getting the milk mixture out of the saucepan. Unfortunately, and due to the dark pan, I washed a lot of the vanilla bean seeds down the drain when I rinsed the pan. :( Didn’t even realize they were in there.
2) You can add a tablespoon of brandy or even vodka, the alcohol keeps the ice cream from getting rock hard, but you won’t notice the taste at all. I forgot to add it in this batch and had to let the ice cream sit on the counter for a bit, or toss it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before I could scoop it.
3) This was a pretty sweet ice cream. I’m guessing you could cut the sugar total down to about 2/3 instead of 3/4 and still have fabulous flavor.
4) My recipe calls for adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract. You don’t need it because of the vanilla bean, but I LOVE vanilla, so I upped the flavor using the extract.
The flavor of this was a little richer than your average vanilla ice cream, due in part to the brown sugar. A light drizzle of caramel sauce was the perfect topping for this sweet treat!
Brown Sugar Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
by Amanda Formaro
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