French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Submitted by: Suzanne McMinn on April 12, 2011

A rich vanilla ice cream with delicious specks of real vanilla bean.

Servings: makes about 1 1/2 quarts   Prep Time: 1 hour, divided   Cook Time: about 20 minutes  


4 cups milk

6 beaten egg yolks

1 cup sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups half-and-half or light cream

scrapings from 3 vanilla beans


Note: I used 6 cups milk instead of the 2 cups half-and-half or light cream and it was still plenty rich!

Combine milk, egg yolks, salt, and sugar in a double boiler. Cook until the mixture thickens up and coats a spoon. Cool. Add vanilla, cream, and vanilla bean scrapings. Chill 4 hours in the fridge then churn in an ice cream maker.

Increase recipe as needed to suit the size of your ice cream maker.

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