Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just to enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.” ~ Thornton Wilder
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups half and half
  • ½ cup sugar (divided in half)
  • 4 – 6 egg yolks (the more yolks the richer)
  • 1 cup cream
  1. Split the vanilla bean and with the back of a knife remove the seeds.
  2. Combine them with the half and half and a ¼ cup of the sugar.
  3. Heat, stirring occasionally, until steam rises from the half and half; remove from the heat.
  4. Beat yolks and remaining sugar until thick and slightly lightened.
  5. Stir about ½ cup of the heated half and half into the yolk mixture and beat.
  6. Stir the warm egg mixture back into the half and half mixture, return the pan to the stove and heat on medium low, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  7. The mixture is ready when it thickly coats the back of a spoon and a line drawn with your finger remains intact. This should take around 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Cool completely, then stir in the cream and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. When ice cream maker stops, freeze in the freezer until firm.
Recipe by San Pasqual’s Kitchen at