This week it's my turn to bring dessert to our neighborhood potluck, so in addition to a couple of cheesecakes, I decided to make ice cream as well. We have a full fridge with Matilda's output, so ice cream seemed like a handy way to use up some of her bounty.
Here's the recipe I used (for vanilla ice cream):
1 quart heavy cream
1 1/4 cups milk
2 t vanilla
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
10 egg yolks
1 T vanilla
1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine cream, milk, and 2 t vanilla. Add half the sugar. Allow to just come to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks together with the remaining sugar and 1 T vanilla.
3. When the cream is ready, pour a third of it into the egg mixture and whisk. Slowly pour the egg mixtures into the cream on the stove, stirring constantly. Heat until the mixture coats the back of a metal spoon. Do not boil.
4. Chill custard until cool, then pour into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
I got this recipe online, BTW.
I started with ten egg yolks.
...and half the sugar...
Then I got cream and milk...
...and combined them in a pot with the rest of the sugar and vanilla.
I stirred until it just came to a boil.
Then I added a third of the cream mixture to the eggs and whisked...
...then slowly added the egg mixture into the cream on the stove.
At this point it's a custard. I gently heated it until it coated a spoon...
...then put it outside to cool for an hour or so.
We got our ice cream maker from a thrift store years ago for $5. Works like a champ.
Pouring the custard into the canister.
I have to crush ice cubes by putting them in double plastic bags...
...and smashing them with a rubber mallet on the kitchen floor. (Hey, whatever works.)
Our ice cream maker calls for one cup of rock salt.
Here I've packed the crushed ice and rock salt around the canister. (I later added more ice and salt.)
With everything assembled, I plugged in the machine and let it rumble and grind for half an hour.
The ice cream comes out yellow and rich. Very rich.
Scraping the ice cream off the beater into a bowl.
I put it in the freezer overnight and it will be a yummy dessert for the potluck.