How to make vanilla ice cream at home

1. Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan. It is better to take a saucepan with a thicker bottom, so that the mass does not stick when heated. 


Homemade vanilla ice cream


2. Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise. Use a knife to scrape out the seeds. 


Homemade vanilla ice cream


If you can't find whole vanilla pods, substitute with a vanilla bag or vanilla extract. Five to six drops of vanilla extract will be enough per half liter. 


3. Add the pod and seeds to the milk-cream mixture and place over low heat. Stir constantly until small bubbles appear on the surface, then remove from the heat immediately. Do not overheat: if the mixture boils, homemade ice cream will not work. 


Homemade vanilla ice cream.


4. Take out the vanilla pod. If you want to make vanilla ice cream with a solid color without black flecks - strain the mixture through gauze folded several times. This will help filter out the vanilla seeds.


Homemade vanilla ice cream


5. Rub the yolks with the sugar and beat with a mixer on high speed. They should increase in volume and turn white. 


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


6. Prepare the cream. Add the still hot milk to the beaten egg yolks. Do this in several steps. If you pour it all at once, the yolks will curdle. 


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


7. Place on stove. Stir constantly and heat slowly until it begins to thicken. Check readiness simply: dip a spatula into the mixture and then run your finger over the spatula. If a clear mark is left, then the mixture has thickened enough and can be removed from the stove.  


homemade vanilla ice cream


8. Now you need to cool it. And it is better to leave it to cool at room temperature, covered with clingfilm. If you cover the hot with a lid, condensation will settle on it, which will drip into the billet. This can disrupt the homogeneous structure of vanilla ice cream. If left uncovered, it will weathered. To speed up the process, pour ice water into a large bowl, submerge the pan with the concoction in it, and stir regularly.


Homemade vanilla ice cream


9. Pour into a tray with a lid and place in the freezer. Every half hour, take the tray out and stir the contents thoroughly. Stir periodically until a spoon begins to stick in the mixture. By this method, the total freezing time is 5-6 hours.


It is easier to make vanilla ice cream in an ice cream maker. Just pour it into a bowl and set the mode according to the instructions for the device. You just have to wait a few hours and the homemade vanilla ice cream will be ready!


Homemade vanilla ice cream


In this vanilla ice cream recipe, the products are heat treated, so you can keep it in the freezer for up to a month. Although, we're sure you'll eat it much faster.


Now you know how to make vanilla ice cream with your own hands and treat your family with a delicious homemade dessert. 


Bon appetit!


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