I have nothing against vanilla. I liberally pour vanilla extract into just about everything I make and I’m pretty sure even an awesome chocolate chip cookie would be lacking without it. Buttt… things that are just vanilla flavored? Ehh, no thanks. Too often that just seems to mean plain and therefore boring. I’ll take chocolate, thank you very much.
So I know there’s this great vanilla/chocolate divide between people, and clearly I’m on team chocolate, but please don’t hate me for that! Especially because today I’m rooting for team vanilla. :D Homemade vanilla bean ice cream is seriously a different animal than all the boring vanilla desserts I’ve had in the past, and I love it. Typically, if you were to offer me vanilla ice cream, I would either a) ask you for some chocolate magic shell, chocolate fudge sauce, or chocolate SOMETHING, or I would b) just say thanks, but um, no thanks. But just like I learned when I made Vanilla Bean Ruffle Cake, vanilla done right can be so, so good. And trust me, this Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is done right.
I think the secret to vanilla desserts is to seriously load them with vanilla, pack it in so that there’s no doubt vanilla is playing the leading role. For me, that means pulling out 3 things: vanilla beans, vanilla sugar, and good ol’ vanilla extract. It’s a triple threat, you see. So naturally, this ice cream has all three of those lovely vanilla ingredients, and it’s the most creamy, pure, and luscious vanilla ice cream you could ask for. And as much as I love French-style ice cream (aka custard-based), I tend to think Philadelphia-style is more up my alley when it comes to vanilla ice cream, which is good news here. Philadelphia-style = faster and easier, always a good thing when it comes to ice cream. So yes, this Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is simple and easy to make, delicious, creamy, loaded with vanilla, perfectly sweet, addicting… need I go on?
Vanilla isn’t even usually on my dessert radar, but this ice cream deserves center stage. ;)
Since it is officially the start of summer now, I’d just like to point out that this ice cream is not only appearing right on time, but it’s absolutely perfect for adding to summer desserts. I mean, it is vanilla ice cream after all! I’ll be it would be awesome with this apricot almond galette, if only I had any ice cream – or galette – left!