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Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe Variations

elsol | Dec 22, 201710:31 AM     5

I'm looking for the ultimate vanilla bean ice cream recipe. I've found several candidates, but I'm surprised by the amount of variation.

Some use cream + whole milk, others use cream + half&half. The cream to half&half ratios vary from 1:1 to 3:1. One uses 1 vanilla bean in 6 cups of liquid. Another uses 3 beans in 3 cups liquid. This last recipe also uses a half cup of brown sugar.

I do like decadent soft & creamy ice cream. I like vanilla intensity, and I prefer not overly sweet.

Here's the recipes I've so far narrowed down to:

(I did make the 2nd one before, and it was delicious. But is it the MOST delicious? Hmmm...)

Any thoughts on what the various milk/half&half/cream ratios do? Will the brown sugar be a nice touch? Is 3 beans going to be too vanilla-y? Thanks!

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