22 Aug 2013

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Walking into ice cream parlors always leaves me feeling overwhelmed.

Do I get blueberry crunch ice cream? Nanimo Bar frozen yogurt? Banana fudge gelato?

Sure, I love the variety, but I can barely make up my mind about what clothes to wear in the morning, how can I possibly choose an ice cream flavor when each one sounds better than the last?

This was the exact scenario that I experienced yesterday. Although, one of the first things I noticed while looking at the menu at the ice cream parlor was that they didn't have vanilla ice cream. They probably had every other type of flavor under the sun, but no good old plain vanilla.

This kind of made me sad. I mean, most of the ice cream recipes I have made have been vanilla. The most requested thing that my boyfriend asks me to make is my vanilla ice cream which he tells me is the best ice cream he has ever tried. (Maybe he's just trying to flatter me, but I'm not complaining) It is one of the few recipes that I have made more than once.

So what did I do? I set out and bought some vanilla beans (for the first time in my life actually) and decided to make some vanilla bean ice cream. That is, of course, after I got a salted caramel ice cream cone for the road.

This vanilla bean ice cream is super easy, I don't think I will experiment with other vanilla ice cream recipes ever again. With only 3 ingredients, you can knock it up in no time.

What you'll need:

-3 cups half and half
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 vanilla bean, split and scraped


    1.   In a medium saucepan, combine the half and half, sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Mix in the vanilla bean pod and mix over medium heat until the sugar is melted. Remove from heat.
    2.   Refrigerate until completely cold, preferably overnight.
    3.   Remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
    4.   Place the ice cream in an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.

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  1. Hi Cathleen, your ice cream look so refreshing and smooth. Thanks for sharing the simple recipe. I love using vanilla bean in ice cream cos it's extremely fragrant. :)

    Have a nice week ahead.

  2. Such a simple and classic dessert! Everyone loves ice cream!

  3. Hi there, Cathleen.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Got your name in the drawing for my giveaway.
    Great recipe, truly authentic ice cream. Gotta find my machine and make this soon!

  4. I love this fresh and classic ice cream - tradition is awesome :D


  5. Ice cream looks so smooth & yummy !!

  6. Hi Cathleen , love ice cream any way you dip it , thanks for sharing :).

  7. I have such a hard time deciding on ice cream flavors too!

  8. Really good vanilla ice cream is very rare--people are so used to imitation vanilla, they forget that real vanilla is tasty on its own. Particularly since there are so many add-ins and weird flavors out there.

  9. Vanilla ice is still my top favourite. Yours looks terrific!

  10. I just wrote a whole post on how vanilla can be sexy! And here you are with this luscious ice cream. WIN.

  11. Now that is some impressive ice cream for only three ingredient! Classic vanilla really doesn't get the love it deserves, but I don't see how anyone could turn down a scoop of this.

  12. Hey Cathleen, i am enjoying reading your blog!! And i have been on lookout for a perfect vanilla ice cream recipe since forever!! Thanks for sharing..

  13. Can we ever go wrong with a perfect vanilla icecream, no way. This ones a winner for sure.

  14. Divine! My husband would love a scoop of this. Heck, me too :D

  15. I love a simple ice cream. We haven't made nearly enough this summer. If I had found more tasty recipes that were this easy, I probably would have made more! This is just gorgeous!

  16. Wow, only 3 ingredients?! This recipe is certainly a win!

  17. You can definitely tell ice cream shops by their basic flavors, such as vanilla. Using vanilla beans is definitely awesome for ice cream. You can really taste them, making it worth the splurge!


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