Thursday, July 28, 2011

Time for ice cream

It is summer and I don't believe I've mentioned yet how much I LOVE MY KITCHENAID ICE CREAM MAKER!!

 Just pop the bowl in the freezer, mix your batter, pour in frozen bowl & stir!

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream


2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half-n-half
3/4 cup vanilla sugar
1 vanilla bean

  1. Pour milk into a container.
  2. Add vanilla sugar (or regular sugar if that's all you have)
  3. Slice vanilla bean open length-wise.  Carefully scrape out the seeds and add to milk mixture.  Set vanilla bean aside
  4.   Stir milk mixture until sugar has dissolved.  Cover & refrigerate at least one hour to ensure it is as cold as possible before freezing.
  5. Once milk mixture is thoroughly chilled, freeze according to ice cream maker's directions.
  6. Either serve ice cream immediately (it will be soft-serve style at this point) or pour into freezer container and freeze for minimum 2-3 hours before serving.  If you put in freezer first, allow it to rest at room temperature for 15-30 minutes before scooping.
  7. Sit back and enjoy household members fight over who gets to lick the paddle.
Don't have vanilla sugar?  You can make some easily by putting the scraped vanilla pod into a mason jar and pour in enough sugar to fill the jar.  Let it sit for a couple of weeks, shaking occasionally.  You can keep topping off the sugar in the jar to have a bottomless jar of vanilla sugar!

I got my vanilla from Beanilla -I love the glass jars they come in!  We're working our way through the vanilla sampler pack  :D

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