Sunday, December 29, 2013

French Vanilla Ice Cream

Every year for Christmas Eve we have a Mexican feast and ice cream sundaes for dessert.  This year the boys and I decided to make the ice cream ourselves. (ok, I decided and then encouraged/forced them to make it with me)

We have our own ice cream maker but we haven't used it in years....still works great!  We decided to make French vanilla, if you are gonna make might as well go all the way and make the richest vanilla ice cream there is.  French vanilla has egg yolks and a custard like base rather than just cream and milk.  This of course makes it richer and better tasting (yes...and full of fat...but totally worth it).  

This was the perfect recipe to use up some of my fresh vanilla beans from Costco.  Popped that puppy right into my half and half mixture!

Use any ice cream maker you have on hand.  If you don't have one....well, that is just super sad.  You really need to get one, it is tons of  fun for the family!  (unless you have teenagers....they disappear after it goes in the maker and tell you to let them know when it's done).  :)

Here they are...proof that the boys do exist.  Max is working on the ice cream base while Zack is making chocolate chip cookies.  They disappeared soon after this picture was taken.  I'm not sure what they do in their rooms for all of those hours but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with Xbox or Playstation. 

French Vanilla Ice Cream adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 whole Vanilla Bean, Split And Scraped
1 1/2 cups Half-and-half
1 1/2 cups Milk
2 cups Sugar
8 Large Egg Yolks
3 cups Heavy Cream


Heat half-and-half, milk, and 2 cups sugar in a saucepan over low heat, adding vanilla seeds and the bean to the mixture. Turn off heat when mixture is totally heated.  (Make sure to discard the bean before moving to the next step.)

Beat egg yolks by hand until pale yellow and slightly thick. Temper the egg yolks by slowly drizzling into the 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 medium-low heat until mixture thickens. Drain custard using a fine mesh strainer, then pour into a bowl with the heavy cream. Stir to combine.

Chill mixture completely, then freeze in an ice cream maker following the maker's instructions. Place container in freezer to harden for at least four hours.


Recipe Shared on:
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Hearth and Soul Blog Hop


  1. I always put my ice cream maker away come fall but lately I have seen so many good recipes. It needs to make a winter appearance. I love this Christmas Eve tradition.

    1. Now that I have it out, I don't think I want to put it away! I'm excited to try some new recipes!

  2. My teenagers, too, have some strange magnetic draw to their rooms. What is in there, anyway? Is that where the wine cellar is?

    1. I sure hope that isn't where the wine cellar is....that teenage boy smell can't possibly be good for the wine! ;)

  3. Agh I keep meaning to invest in an ice cream maker!! Now I have no choice, I must find one for 2014 ASAP! :D

    1. You HAVE to get one! Then we can exchange recipes!!! :)