Tasty Honey & Vanilla Ice Cream

We recently picked up an ice cream maker and started experimenting with various ice cream recipes. Out of all the flavors we tried my husband loves this Honey, Vanilla and Light Brown Cane Sugar recipe the best, and I agree. Unlike before, we never run out of ice cream. Whenever there's a sweet craving, a few scoops of ice cream do the trick. 

My husband often makes the ice cream and I assist. I would say my favorite part of the process is putting the liquid custard into the ice cream maker and watching it turn and turn until it grows and thickens -- most exciting and magical. And of course tasting a spoonful of fresh ice cream before putting into the freezer is most rewarding.

Check out the recipe below and try it out. I promise you will be glad you did. Love to hear how it turned out.

Tasty Honey & Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients: honey, vanilla extracts, cane sugar, whole milk, half and half

Ice Cream Mixture

Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream Maker

Thickening of Ice Cream - It's Magic!


2 cups half-and-half
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup cane sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to 170 degrees F. (when it's barely simmering). The mixture will thicken and become custard like. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Pour mixture into lidded container and refrigerate mixture overnight to mellow flavors and texture.

Freeze mixture in ice cream freezer according to the product's instructions. Once the volume has grown by 1/2 to 3/4 times, and reached a soft serve consistency, scoop the soft ice cream into a lidded container and harden in the freezer at least 1 hour before serving. (Some bites of fresh soft ice cream right out of the machine, however, is its own special reward!)

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