Saturday, August 16, 2014

Homemade Vanilla Frozen Custard

Hello! Happy Saturday!
 Today I want to share my favorite homemade ice cream recipe, I don't have an ice cream maker but that doesn't stop me! Nothing beats homemade ice cream in august! This is for classic vanilla custard, but the great thing is you can add any other flavorings you want! I put fresh cherries in mine but you can definitely use peaches or strawberries, chocolate chips, anything!

1 whole vanilla bean
1 1/4 Cups of milk
4 egg yolks
6 Tablespoons of sugar
1 Teaspoon of cornstarch
1 1/4 cups of heavy cream

 Using a small sharp knife split the vanilla bean lengthwise. Pour the milk into a heavy saucepan, add the vanilla bean and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let sit for 15-20 minutes to let the flavor infuse.
    Lift out the vanilla bean, holding it over the pan scrape out the black seeds with the dull side of a knife so that they fall back into the milk. You"ll need to whisk the beans into the milk a little as they tend to clump up some. Set the vanilla bean aside and return the milk back to a boil.
  Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch until the mixture is thick and foamy. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking constantly. Return to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, you don't want the custard to stick or burn to the bottom.
  When the custard is thick and smooth pour it into a bowl, let it cool then chill in the refrigerator or freezer.
Whip the heavy cream until it is thick but still falls from the spoon, you want it fluffy but not quite like whipped cream that you would buy. Fold it into the chilled custard and pour into a freezer proof container. Freeze for about three hours, beat it with a fork add chopped fruit or chocolate and then freeze again. Stir it with the fork every two to three hours after until it is firm enough to scoop. Now go call up some friends, start up the grill and enjoy your homemade custard!

*Note: If you are using an ice cream maker, skip whipping the cream and just pour it and the custard into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers directions.

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