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Classic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Updated February 23, 2016

This is one of the most versatile ice cream flavors–ideal as a topping on chocolate soufflé cake, fruit pies, and cobblers. Or mingle tiny scoopfuls in a tall glass with bittersweet chocolate and coffee ice creams or fruit sorbet. Flecks of vanilla bean imbue this creamy ice cream with an exotic flavor that surpasses vanilla extract alone.

You may substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract for the vanilla bean. Stir it into the custard with the cream.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, peanut free, tree nut free

Equipmentice cream maker

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Moodblue

Taste and Texturecreamy, sweet

Type of Dishice cream

Ingredients

  • One 4-inch vanilla bean
  • 2 cups half and half or milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream

Instructions

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Dawnamo, The cream is stirred into the vanilla mixture in step five.

It looks like the heavy cream called for as an ingredient doesn't get used?

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