Friday, August 7, 2009

Best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Ever!

I don't know about you, but with the temperatures rising, nothing sounds better than cool, creamy homemade vanilla ice cream. I have many fond memories of enjoying homemade ice cream in the summer months, the sound of the ice cream maker churning the creamy, delicious treat and the feeling that it would take forever before I would be able to enjoy the refreshing and magical cooling powers of my moms ice cream. And just so you know, the wait was always well worth it.
You have to try this recipe that is sure to cool you down on a warm summer day. Using Totonac Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract and Ground Vanilla enhances the flavors and adds a kick of the smooth, creamy vanilla flavor we all know and love. Surprise your family with this delicious summer treat and it will be a memory in the making.

Yield: 1 quart
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Freeze time: 30-35 minutes (depending on Ice Cream Machine manufacturer's instructions)

You will need:
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half
3/4 cup sugar
7 egg yolks
1 tsp fresh lime juice

Ice cream making machine (Be sure to read the manufacturers instructions before apporating your ice cream maker.)


1. Scald the whipping cream with half and half. Now add sugar, ground vanilla, and vanilla extract, be careful to not let it boil. remove from heat.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and lime juice. Pour approximately 1/2 cup of the cream mixture to the egg yolks briskly whisk to air out the yolks. Add another 1/2 cup of cream and the remaining cream mixture.
3. Cover and chill thoroughly for at least 4 hours and then follow ice cream machine manufacturer's instruction for freezing your ice cream.

After the ice cream is ready top it with your favorite fruit, chocolate syrup, over your favorite pie, or my favorite with fresh berries, honestly the possibilities are endless. So whether you are looking to cool down or want a sweet treat this recipe is for you!

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