When we were kids, ice cream was a treat in the summer time. Occasionally, if we finished our dinners, then my dad would take us to Baskin Robins. Who didn’t love this spot with it’s 31 flavors? So many to choose from, so little time. My sisters and I would look for the most exotic, skipping over our beloved favorites chocolate or strawberry, for something more sophisticated. My dad on the other hand always picked vanilla, and if he were feeling completely crazy, he would opt for French vanilla. It would make us all laugh, every time. This recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream is a classic, just like the scoops my dad enjoyed so much.
Now that I am older and wiser, I can appreciate a good vanilla ice cream, and I think we should all have one in our back pocket. At times it is nice for something familiar, and not fancy or exotic. Like last week when I made Lenny an over indulgent carrot cake for his birthday. Chocolate or wild raspberry would not have been the right choice. Homemade vanilla was perfect.
My opinion, this is the best homemade vanilla recipe I have ever had. This recipe is made with a creamy custard base that has flecks of delicious vanilla. Splurge on the ingredients, use a higher quality milk and cream than you would usually use, it is entirely worth it and takes this ice cream recipe to another level.