Scream for ice cream

Our good friends had us over for dinner last night.  They asked us to bring a simple dessert.  What could be simpler than make your own ice cream sundaes?  We had a desert at Ad Hoc in wine country that paired a fruit granita with panna cotta.  The creamy flavor with the fruit ice was a fantastic combo.  I decided to do something in that vein so I made a vanilla ice cream, a strawberry sorbet, and caramel sauce.  Add some nuts, chocolate balls, and bananas as well as some whipped cream and everybody is sure to scream for ice cream!  (small note for international readers: in the states we have a saying “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream”)

Vanilla Ice Cream

1 C milk
2 C heavy cream
3/4 C sugar
1 vanilla bean
3/4 tsp vanilla
7 egg yolks
pinch of salt

This is adapted from David Lebovitz’ The Perfect Scoop.  Scrape the seeds out of a vanilla bean and then add to the dairy in a pot.  Bring to a scald and let steep covered for 30 minutes.  Bring back up to a simmer.  While you are doing that whisk the egg yolks with the sugar.  Temper the eggs with the hot cream (pour in a little at a time while whisking like mad) and then heat the mixture back on the stove until thick.  Pour through a strainer and add the vanilla extract and salt.  Cool and chill before freezing in your ice cream maker.


Filed under Ad Hoc, Cookbooks, Cooking, Food

9 responses to “Scream for ice cream

  1. That sounds wonderful. But I’m sort of marveling at the having friends invite you over for dinner part. We’re down to one couple that’s still happy to cook for us. You’re super chef and it doesn’t intimidate your friends to cook for you. That’s awesome.

    • Funny that you mentioned this. I almost talked about the fact that hardly anybody invites us over in the post. We have a few good friends who do but it sounds like we are in a similar boat with you.

  2. Oh to have room for my icecream maker in the freezer!

    • Alas I am embarrassed to say that ever since my failed salted caramel attempt we are the owners of an ice cream maker with a refrigeration unit which frees up the space in the freezer.

  3. Ice cream is a wonderful dessert, and homemade makes it even better 🙂

  4. Homemade sundaes would make me scream, too.

  5. Super recipe for vanilla ice cream and beautifully photographed too.
    🙂 Mandy

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