Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

I have owned my ice cream maker for several years but I never use it regularly.  Over the past year I tried to make a batch of ice cream every few months to experiment with different flavors and expose my toddler to something new.  We have tried toasted marshmallow, coffee, and vanilla.  I discovered some great recipes on David Leibovitz blog and I knew I found something great.  My philosophy is, if I’m going to go through the trouble of making something from scratch, I want to find the best recipe possible.  I have to say, the vanilla ice cream is custard based, which adds an additional step to most other recipes, but it’s worth the extra time once you taste it.

When I first reviewed the recipe it seemed daunting, but if you break it down into three phases, infusing the milk, making the custard/ice cream base and then turning the ice cream, it will be more manageable.  Add this one to your recipe bucket list because it is the best vanilla ice cream I have ever had and I’m so happy my toddler was part of the process and tasted something so great.

Recipe Source: David Lebovitz: Vanilla Ice Cream

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