Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Vanilla Bean Ice CreamI’ve owned a Donvier Ice Cream Maker* since my children were little. My sister was the one that turned me on to the Donvier.  I just keep the insert in the freezer for whenever the urge strikes to have ice cream or frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt is ultra-simple; just dump in your favorite quart, stir and voilà!

I’ve been wanting to try Pioneer Woman’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe in my Donvier Ice Cream Maker ice cream maker but since we’re on a new grocery budget I didn’t want to spring for cream as it is quite expensive!

AJ works as a cook in a kitchen which receives food donations. Sometimes there is too much of one item to be used by the facility in a reasonable amount of time, so the food is passed on to other families which are in need. Sometimes our own family benefits.  Luckily for me, yesterday was one of those days when AJ had extras and he brought home two pints of heavy whipping cream. Whoohoo! I had all the other ingredients on hand; our own fresh eggs from our hens, and our own delicious raw goat’s milk (for which I substituted the half-n-half). I even had the vanilla beans on hand, since I make my own vanilla.

PW’s recipe makes 6 cups, but my Donvier holds only four, and I modified the recipe a bit.  Check Pioneer Woman’s site for the original recipe, but here is my modified version:

  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Heat 2 cups milk and vanilla bean until totally heated.

Beat egg yolks until slightly thick.

Quoted from Pioneer Woman’s site:

Temper the egg yolks by slowly drizzling in 1 1/2 cups of hot half-and-half mixture, whisking constantly. After that, pour the egg yolk/half-and-half mixture into the pan containing the rest of the half-and-half mixture. Cook over low to medium-low heat (depending on how hot your stove gets) until quite thick, stirring constantly. Drain custard using a fine mesh strainer, then pour into the bowl with the cream. Stir to combine.

Chill completely, then add to your ice cream maker. Stir until the mixture turns into ice cream. It’s fun, and delicious!  Read some of the reviews over at Amazon (affiliate link above) for some great recipe ideas.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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