But earlier this spring we were looking for a new toaster and I saw a whole shelf of ice-cream makers. My eyes scanned the shelf until the one at the very end held my gaze ! It was regular priced at $79.00 but marked down to $24.99 ... OK, that's a deal !! right ?
So yes.. it found it's way home to my kitchen !
I love ice-cream ! And if I go into an ice-cream shop with 2 million flavours to choose from, what will I order ? Of course - VANILLA !
So I appreciate a good vanilla ice-cream... it has to taste juuuussst right and have that perfectly smooth creamy texture that melts in your mouth! It also has to have the right shade of colour - not pastey white, not sickly yellow.
My recipe meets the above stated standard. It can be just a starter for those of you who love any-flavour-but-vanilla.
When the ice-cream is almost set in the ice-cream maker, add fresh berries, chocolate syrup, crushed candy bars or whatever will satisfy your personal ice-cream flavour craving.
Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (real or artificial, because its cooked it doesn't make too much difference)
- 2 cups whipping cream
- For the cooked custard place milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in a heavy saucepan or the top of a double boiler. Bring to a soft boil and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Chill in refrigerator until completely cold.
- Remove from fridge and add 2 cups whipping cream , stir and pour into 'frozen' ice-cream maker bowl. (make sure the bowl was in the freezer for at least 24 hours - I store mine in the freezer for handy stand-by ready)
- Let the ice-cream maker process the ice-cream until ice-cream is firm -- different makers may vary on the firmness of the ice-cream. If it is too soft just scrape into container and put in freezer until completely firm.
- Serve as desired.