Kristina Knights’s Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! (Recipe)

by Kristina Knight, author of Rebel in a Small Town 

Since summer is now in full swing, and temperatures are getting hotter, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite recipes: for homemade ice cream! Sure, it’s easier to pick up a pint of Vanilla or Rocky Road at the store, but freshly made ice cream tastes so much better – especially on a hot evening in summer.

In my book, Rebel in a Small Town, James hosts a 4th of July barbecue at his home on Slippery Rock Lake, and invites friends and family. My vanilla bean recipe makes a little appearance there (Mama Hazel makes it for the group, and brings it in with her)…added bonus, my family is making it this year for our annual 4th of July barbecue, too! So, even though we’re past the official holiday, write this one down for your next Saturday spent poolside (or lakeside), believe me, you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste OR Vanilla Extract

 

Preparation:

In a large saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar and salt and then gradually add in the milk and whipping cream, continuing to whisk as you do so. Cook at medium heat for about 10 minutes (the sauce will thicken slightly); remove from heat. Next, whisk the egg yolk until it is slightly thickened, and then add in 1 cup of the milk mixture, continuing to whisk. Once this is mixed, add in the rest of the milk mixture and then whisk in the vanilla bean paste or extract. Don’t you love the word ‘whisk’? Let’s see if I can use it again. Let this mixture cool for 1 hour and the cover with plastic wrap – put that wrap right on top of the mixture. Cool for at least 8 hours.

When you’re ready to munch, munch, munch, place the ice cream mixture directly into the freezer bin of your ice cream maker – don’t forget to take off the plastic wrap! Follow the directions of your machine. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

About Rebel in a Small Town:

He’s not giving up his family without a fight 

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara’s timing couldn’t be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it’s always been. With him.

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