How To Make Ice Cream | French Vanilla Ice Cream – Handle the Heat

Video How To Make Ice Cream | French Vanilla Ice Cream – Handle the Heat

It’s been EIGHT years since my cookbook, Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich came out. That is absolute insanity to me.

So much work went into that book and I made enough ice cream recipes to last a lifetime. After I submitted my manuscript I didn’t make ice cream for MONTHS. I was a little burned out.

There are 50 ice cream recipes in there, and I tested each recipe multiple times. Then I wrote endlessly about the subject. It was a lot of ice cream. So much so that I had to buy an extra freezer at the time!

My obsession with ice cream has long since returned. Today I’m sharing how to make ice cream in ANY flavor you’d like. Just follow the step by step photos below and read through the additional sweet tips in the pink box for everything you need to know about making homemade ice cream.

I’ve listed out 10 delicious flavor variations in the pink box below as well. You can use this base homemade vanilla ice cream recipe to make cherry ice cream, chocolate ice cream, peanut butter – you name it!

Also read: Custard ice cream recipe | custard popsicle recipe | custard candy

Ice cream really doesn’t need to be complicated, but following the instructions will make you MUCH more likely to succeed. No soupy ice cream. No rock hard crystallized ice cream. Just sweet, creamy perfection!

See each step detailed in full below followed by insights into the science of ice cream and answers to all of your questions.

Step-By-Step How to Make French Custard Vanilla Ice Cream

1. Prepare an ice bath

Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and a cup or two of water. Place a medium bowl fitted with a fine strainer inside ice bath. Set aside.

2. Begin the custard base

In a medium saucepan combine the milk, cream, 1/2 cup of the sugar, salt, vanilla seeds and vanilla pod. Set over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is warm and begins to steam, about 5 minutes.

3. How to temper eggs for ice cream

Also read: Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe – Add a Pinch

This process allows you to gently heat the yolks so you don’t scramble them and end up with (unintentionally) chunky ice cream.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until very well combined and lightened in color. Carefully and slowly ladle half of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, until the egg mixture is gently warmed. Slowly whisk the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan.

4. Cook the custard

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and registers around 175°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 to 7 minutes. Be careful not to boil the mixture otherwise you’ll end up with scrambled eggs. Make sure your thermometer isn’t touching the bottom of the pan when you take the temperature.

5. Chill the custard

Immediately strain the mixture through the fine strainer into the prepared ice bath. This prevents overcooking. Discard the vanilla bean pod. Cool the custard in the ice bath until it’s at room temperature, stirring often. Press plastic wrap against the surface of the custard and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours or up to 1 day. Overnight is best for maximum flavor development.

6. Churn the custard

Also read: Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe | Alton Brown – Food Network

Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions. Place in an airtight container. Cover the ice cream surface with plastic wrap before placing the lid on. Freeze until the ice cream is firm and flavor is ripened, at least 2 hours.

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Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

July 2021 Baking Challenge

This recipe was the July 2021 pick for our monthly baking challenge! Every month you can join the challenge by baking the recipe and snapping a photo for a chance to win prizes! Click here for full challenge details. Check out everyone’s ice cream:

Philadelphia-style ice cream is typically made by directly mixing together cream, milk, sugar, and flavorings then churning it. Definitely faster, but far less rich in taste and texture. This style tends to harden more quickly in the freezer.” } },{ “@type”: “Question”, “name”: “What do I do if my custard boils and curdles?”, “acceptedAnswer”: { “@type”: “Answer”, “text”: “If you accidentally heat your custard at too high of a temperature or cook for too long, there is one option to salvage it. While it’s still warm, blend the mixture with an immersion blender or carefully ladle into a standard blender (don’t fill more than half full). Blend until smooth then strain into the ice bath as described above and in the recipe below.” } },{ “@type”: “Question”, “name”: “What type of vanilla is best for ice cream?”, “acceptedAnswer”: { “@type”: “Answer”, “text”: “The absolute best to use is a whole vanilla bean pod. In the recipe below, you’ll notice I scrape out the seeds and steep the milk and cream mixture with the vanilla pod to ensure maximum flavor. If you don’t have a vanilla bean pod, the next best bet would be to use vanilla paste so you still get those flecks of vanilla seeds. I’d recommend using about 2 teaspoons.

If you’re flavoring your ice cream with another bold flavor, like many of the customization ideas listed below, feel free to simply use vanilla extract. This is an easier and more economical option since the other ingredient will likely overpower the vanilla bean anyways.” } },{ “@type”: “Question”, “name”: “How do I store homemade ice cream so it stays smooth?”, “acceptedAnswer”: { “@type”: “Answer”, “text”: “Once the ice cream is churned, place it in an airtight container, pressing plastic wrap against the surface to avoid having any ice crystals form. For best results, freeze until it is firm, at least 2 hours. The longer you freeze, the more time the flavors will have to ripen. If you have an issue with ice cream hardening, try adding up to 3 tablespoons of alcohol during the last few minutes of churning. This works since alcohol doesn’t freeze. Vodka will do for vanilla ice cream. For other ice cream flavors, liqueur products like kirsch not only enhance taste but also maintain that creamy texture. If you prefer not to use alcohol, adding a tablespoon of corn syrup can also help to prevent the ice cream from crystallizing.” } },{ “@type”: “Question”, “name”: “How do I perfectly scoop and serve ice cream?”, “acceptedAnswer”: { “@type”: “Answer”, “text”: “First, allow the ice cream to soften by placing it in the fridge 30 minutes before serving. This allows it to soften evenly as opposed to letting it sit at room temperature where it’ll soften most at the edges and remain hard at the center of the container. Next, get a good quality ice cream scoop like OXO or Zeroll . It makes a huge difference! Make sure it’s totally dry before using and pack your scoop generously with ice cream.” } }] }

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