Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
- Pinch coarse salt
- 1 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk together until smooth.
- Whisk the remaining milk, split vanilla pod and seeds, salt, and sugar together in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Heat on low until warmed, remove from the heat, then cover and let steep up to 30 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Add in approximately 1 cup of the warmed milk. Whisk well. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan with the warmed milk. Whisk to combine.
- Return saucepan to burner over medium heat. Stir constantly on the entire surface of the pan with a silicone spatula, heat until an inserted thermometer reads 183°F. (Heating above 185°F will make the mixture curdle and would require starting the process over!) Another method, although more difficult than using a thermometer: Remove spatula from saucepan, then run a finger over the custard sticking to it, if the line created does not flow rapidly together the mixture has thickened properly.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve. Whisk in the cream and vanilla extract. Discard vanilla pod and any solids.
- In a larger bowl, prepare an ice bath by filling about ¼ full with water and ice. Place the bowl of custard into the ice bath bowl and let sit, stirring occasionally until cooled.
- Remove the custard bowl from the ice bath, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
- Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. The mixture will be soft once finished. Freeze in a freezer-safe container with plastic wrap pressed on top to harden to a scoopable consistency. Once hardened, let sit out 5 minutes or so before scooping.
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Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Bridget Edwards @Bake at 350.