the best homemade vanilla bean frozen custard

Since I started this blog, it has been one of my goals to find a really fantastic frozen custard recipe that I could make at home and eat whenever I wanted.

Well, I’ve made one recipe and think I am done trying.  Seriously, this is probably one of the creamiest, richest, most amazing frozen custards I have EVER eaten!

And I have tried A LOT.

Seriously, make this NOW.  And thank me later…

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THE BEST HOMEMADE VANILLA BEAN FROZEN CUSTARD
Adapted from the Pioneer Woman Cooks. You can see the photo step-by-step recipe there also.

1 1/2 cups half and half
1 cup granulated sugar
1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped
5 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1.  Heat the half + half, sugar, and  vanilla beans and pod in a medium saucepan over low heat, whisking constantly to avoid a skin forming on the top of the mixture.  Turn off the heat when the mixture is just about ready to start simmering – the mixture should coat the back of a metal spoon.

2.  Beat the egg yolks by hand or in a stand mixer until slightly thick.  Slowly drizzle in about half of the half + half mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly.  This is tempering the eggs – if you pour it in too fast, your eggs will scramble… and no one wants Scrambled Egg Ice Cream.

3.  Pour the egg mixture back into the pan with the remaining half + half mixture and heat on low or medium-low heat until thick, stirring constantly.  It will start to get really thick and custard-like, which is what we are going for!  Remove from heat when it begins to simmer.

4.  Pour the now custard into a bowl with the heavy whipping cream and stir to combine.  Take a piece of plastic wrap and gently press it on to the top of the custard so the entire top surface is covered.  This will help prevent it from forming a skin on top.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.  (After 2 hours, mine was not nearly cold enough, so I let it sit until the next day.  Just gently touch the top to feel how cold the custard is.)

5.  Following the manufacturers directions, freeze in an ice cream maker until it reaches your desired consistency, about 20-30 minutes.  Place mixture in an air tight container and place in freezer to harden for at least 8 hours.

7.  Before cleaning the blade, lick off every last inch and moan in ecstasy.  8 hours is entirely too long to wait for something this delicious!

8.  Top with your favorite toppings, or just eat it plain.  IT IS THAT GOOD!

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Seriously… so rich, so creamy, so extraordinarily decadent!  I’m sure I will have to experiment with other recipes, but for now, all I need is this tub, a spoon, and a couch.  Mmmmm….

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Question – Now that I have an AMAZING custard base, what types of flavors or combinations would you like me to try?  I am up for anything within reason (that doesn’t involve meat), so let me know!

PS – There was actually a segment today on Great Day St. Louis featuring Chocolate Stout Ice Cream by Evan BennSchafly’s Coffee Stout is my 2nd favorite beer (their pumpkin is first), so I am looking forward to making this one!

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15 Responses to the best homemade vanilla bean frozen custard

  1. Sara says:

    Okay, Kristen, are you bringing this for your brother’s birthday dessert?!? Seriously I need to have some and I do NOT have to patience for 8 hour custard!

    • Kristen says:

      Sara, you will definitely be having it sometime for sure! I love it and it wasn’t too hard to make, so I would be happy to make it for a family get together!

  2. Jess says:

    Ok, I know it’s a little out of season, but I would looooove to see a recipe for homemade pumpkin custard. That would probably be delicious!
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    • Kristen says:

      No! Pumpkin is NEVER out of season! Pumpkin is my favorite food so I would be more than happy to get a recipe going for that!

  3. Janice says:

    My favorite chocolate custard is from the Whistle Stop in Ferguson, MO. Best ever and come fall they have pumpkin pie concretes … to die for!!!

    • Kristen says:

      I have them on my list! I wasn’t sure if they were still open or not! We will have to check it out! And I absolutely LOVE pumpkin frozen custard! It is the best!

  4. K Dailey says:

    My two favorites:
    Vanilla orange (swirl?!)
    And
    Kahlua

    Kopp’s frozen custard and burgers is a fantastic place to visit if you’re ever up in Wisconsin.

  5. Chad says:

    The recipe looks amazing! I want to use this custard to make a custard cake for my wife for mothers day. One question, how big was your freezer that you used. I have a 4qt freezer, just wondering how much I need to multiply the recipe. Thanks!

    • Kristen says:

      I think mine is only a 1 quart freezer (I have a Cuisinart ice cream maker). Good luck! It’s one of my favorite recipes!

  6. Adam says:

    bacon flavored. Bacon has got to be the only meat that goes with ice creme. Burger King even has a bacon sundae, it would probably be good with custard. You’ve got that sweet and salty mixture. it’s good. i’m telling you. :-)

  7. Carol says:

    Had frozen custard at Freddy’s in Kansas, loved it and have been wanting to make it, found your recipe….can’t wait to try it, but could I just use pure vanilla instead of the vanilla bean, and how much would I use??

  8. Dr. Cool says:

    Ted Drews is the Only Place In St. Louis or the world to get real frozen Custard. If you think you can find any comercial Frozen custard stand that can come close bring it on…….. Even West county wantabies come to south stl for the best. And dont get scared of the lines, they are faster than the places with no lines!!!!!!!

  9. Tanya says:

    I will be trying this recipe soon!

    For an amazing Frozen Custard all of you need to try LeDuc’s in Wales, WI. A M A Z I N G custard! I may have to take a road trip for frozen custard…. hmmm, maybe I should bike to each place then I wouldn’t need a bigger vehicle at the end of my trip!

  10. Today my wife has established Media Free Monday. One of my 3 sons said let’s make some frozen ice cream. I love custard and found this recipe. I’m ready to give it a try! Wish me luck!

  11. Dana says:

    This sounds like a great recipe. Going to make it for Father’s Day. What about a bananas foster flavor? It’s my husbands favorite!

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