Sunday, 29 August 2010

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Sometimes life gets in the way of cooking and blogging... By day I work full-time in education. By night and by weekends I squeeze in as much cooking and blogging as I can, but it can be difficult. When I can't blog as much as I'd like to, I get withdrawal symptoms.. I get the itch, the urge.. the need to create. Does anyone else experience this, or do I need professional help?!

This week I had planned to participate in my first Daring Bakers Challenge. For August, the challenge was Baked Alaska / Ice Cream Petit Fours... either way, there was going to be delicious butter pound cake and ice cream made from scratch. I got as far as making the ice cream, but after that the week got a bit stressful.

But nevermind, I'm so glad I made this delicious vanilla ice cream! I've tried many vanilla ice cream recipes in the past, but this one takes the cake (or cone, as it were). It's soft, creamy and perfectly balanced. Definitely a good classic ice cream to have on standby in the freezer.

There are no surprises that this gem of a recipe come from David Lebovitz.. here it is for you to try out for yourself! I hope you love it as much as I do :)

Vanilla Ice Cream
The Perfect Scoop (David Lebovitz)

1 cup full cream milk
pinch salt
3/4 c caster sugar
1 vanilla bean
5 egg yolks
2 cups heavy (approx 35% fat) cream
few drops natural vanilla extract

1. Heat the milk, salt and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a pairing knife. Add the bean pod to the milk.

2. Stir together the egg yolks in a bowl and gradually add some of the warmed milk, stirring constantly as you pour. Pour the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scarping the bottom with a heat resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Rinse the vanilla bean and put it back into the custard and cream to continue steeping. Chill thoroughly, them remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

I served the ice cream in these lovely mini waffle cones from The Essential Ingredient in Rozelle, Sydney. To give you an idea of the size of these itty-bitty cones, I've photographed them sitting in shot glasses. To scoop ice cream for mini cones, I use a melon baller heated in a cup of hot water.

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  1. Ngawww...they're so cute! I didn't realise they were so small until you mentioned the melon baller...haha =) And it looks as delicious as it sounds!

  2. Mini ice-cream cones! I love them.

    And there are few things lovelier than homemade, speckly, creamy vanilla bean ice cream. Despite being quite chilly right now, my mouth is watering!

    I saved a bunch of egg yolks for ice cream making and just threw them out because my life has also gotten in the way. But time to dust the cobwebs off my ice cream maker, I think. Spring is mere days away!

  3. so cute! i didnt realise how small these were until you said shot glasses!

  4. Love a good vanilla icecream! .. Dw I totally feel the same way, seems like there's never enough hours in the day/week for cooking/baking/blogging...

  5. How good is this recipe? I LOVE this vanilla ice cream. I added baileys in it once and it was so good too - it did not last long in my fridge :)

  6. Thank you for your comments! I had you all fooled on the size of the cones, didn't I?! :P

    Yes it is very good, Sharon.. I have a feeling I'll be staying loyal to this recipe for a looong time.

  7. Looks so deliciously creamy, and there is just something so enticing about ice cream in a cone. Just begging to be snatched and run away with!

  8. Your pictures are awesome! I would love to try this vanilla ice-cream!It looks perfect!
    It was my first DB challenge, too, had quite a tough time with icing the petits-fours!!

  9. your photos look gorgeous!! I don't think I am a daring enough baker to join the daring bakers challenge!

  10. I saw those cones at Essential Ingredient and thought they were so cute.
    Love them!

  11. I am still a new blogger, and I do get that itch, totally. I hope things never change. I am really enjoying the experience and it has added a whole new dimension to my days. Lovely ice cream shots!


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