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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Home made Vanilla ice cream



A few months ago my sister sent me a vanilla bean and I have been saving it to make something really special. After making my lemongrass granita, I decided to try and make ice cream using my precious vanilla bean. So did a bit of googling to find a recipe and found this recipe on how to make home made vanilla ice cream. Since I didnt have an ice cream maker I blended it with a hand blender every 2 hours , and it turned out so nice and creamy just like shop bought , or even better ( as according to hubby) . I especially loved the little seeds making tiny black dots on the pale cream.



4 egg yolks
250 ml milk
250 ml thick cream ( i used whipping cream ,as I couldnt find heavy cream)
100g sugar
1 vanilla bean

1. Place milk in pan with the vanilla bean and bring to a boil, switch off and set side for 20 minutes to infuse the flavour.

2. While thats happening, beat yolks and sugar till thick and creamy.

3. Take the vanilla bean out, slit in half and scrap the seeds out and add into the creamed egg and sugar mixture . The pod I have put back in caster sugar to use some other time.

4. Now pour the milk into the egg mixture and mix well and put everything back into the pot you cooked the milk in and place over a very low heat and bring just until the first bubbles apear. Dont let it curdle, was what the recipe said. it should coat the back of the spoon like film then its done.  let it cool then add the cream. Pour into your ice cream machine if you have one . Or if you dont have one like me, pour into a cold metal baking tray and put in freezer . Take it out every 2 hours and mix with a spoon or spatulla or whizz with a hand blender . You just have to do this about 3 times and then finally pour into a plastic container with lid and back into the freezer till you want to eat it.

Note: My cream mixture curdled while I was cooking , I over cooked , I remembered seeing Anna Olson , a pastry chef give this tip on TV, that if custard curdles, just push it through a strainer. And it really works, the scrambled egg effect was gone I was left with a nice cream mixture.

23 comments:

  1. That was a gorgeous vanilla icecream. Made me crave for some now :):)

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  2. Yum yum! Looks fantastic. I keep buying vanilla beans with the best of intentions and never get around to actually using them! You've just inspired me to make some homemade icecream~!

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  3. OMG, this ice cream looks so tempting! Guess, your kid is the luckiest one! Have a great day!
    Cheers,
    Kristy

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  4. Nothing will beat the home made icecream, looks tooo fabulous..

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  5. mmm...I smell the vanilla, and the SUMMER!

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  6. My boys at home always request for vanilla ice cream. I'll bookmark this, Thanks!!

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  7. Lovely Ice creme. makes me crave it.

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  8. ohhhhhhhh so creamy,delicious, i always wanted to make some at home. Your recipe looks so easy will have to give it a try soon.

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  9. Great idea with the strainer, first I thought when I read you curdled that you'd have lost the whole mix including the bean! Good save and it looks delicious!

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  10. Hmmmmmm. Salivary glands r over secreting!!!!

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  11. That's great that you made it without an ice cream maker! Vanilla is my favorite ice cream!

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  12. Wow, that looks so delicious and creamy! I'd love to make ice cream from scratch and now I'm so temped to make home-made ice cream! Thank you.

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  13. I love homemade Ice cream...That looks creamy and delicious!

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  14. wow your a star this looks amazing making some new food memories love Rebecca

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  15. Just found your blog and I love it! so many creative ideas/recipes :) can't wait to browse around!
    -Mini Baker
    ps. I LOVE homemade icecream... we made it at least once a month!

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  16. Mmmm...looks delicious. Reminding me of the coming summer :D

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  17. I love that tiny black spots too...great job without an ice cream machine :-)

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  18. coming to ur space for the first time. lovely ice cream and yeah, those tiny bits of vanilla are my fav too!

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  19. Oh homemade ice cream is the best!

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  20. Ouuuuu, I can see bits of the bean... so good!

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  21. Thats a wonderful dish' love anything with chicken, this is so delicately flavored and a must try version.:)

    I also liked your rice salad, looks colorful and inviting:)

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  22. Ice cream looks gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.

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