This is a good base. To have flavours such as chocolate, strawberry, etc. you can build on it.
You will need:
- 3 cups whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk, not skim
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 8 large egg yolks
- Vanilla Bean
You will need an ice cream maker or borrow one from your neighbor.
Combine the cream, milk and one cup of sugar and vanilla bean that has been slit down the length of the bean and seeds scraped out. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs and remaining sugar. Turn the heat back on and stir until the sugar dissokves and starts to thicken. Do NOT let this come to the boil.
Check with a thermometer to make sure it registers 170-175 degrees, Strain into a clean bowl and chill until completely cold.
Transfer to the ice cream machine and process, according to directions. Transfer this to a container, cover and freeze. This can be made 4-5 days ahead if planning to use for or with a dessert. This will save you some time the day of.
This makes approximately 6 cups. Yummy!