This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Lynne of Cafe LynnyLu. She picked Dorie’s Vanilla Ice Cream which is located on pages 428-429 of Baking: From My Home to Yours. I actually made this back when we made the Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies at the beginning of the month.
When I made the ice cream I opted to not use a vanilla bean for two reasons: 1) I only had half of a vanilla bean and 2) I am too cheap to go out and buy more 🙂 I ended up using 1 tsp vanilla bean paste and another tsp of pure vanilla extract. I didn’t use all vanilla bean paste because I have learned that it will taste good, but you will have a crazy amount of vanilla bean specks.
I had one incident with the ice cream. While it was churning, I wandered off into the computer room and it ended up spilling over the top of the machine. That is what I get for not reading the directions and seeing if I was putting too much liquid into the machine. The spill over wasn’t too bad. Nothing a couple sprays of 409 and a rag couldn’t fix 🙂
The vanilla ice cream turned out great. I loved the flavor and the texture was great. I found that when left in the freezer it got pretty hard, so I would zap it in the microwave for a few second, or live it on the counter for 5 minutes to soften it up a bit. The vanilla ice cream was the perfect combination with the Tribute to Katherine Hepburn Brownies. It actually cut the chocolatiness (yeah, I made up a word) of the brownie and balanced it out.