Monday, August 22, 2011

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream served on Vintage Ash Trays

The Ice Cream:
Vanilla ice cream seems boring, but I love vanilla and I wanted to focus in on this flavor with the help of some cream, sugar and ice. There is nothing more that screams vanilla flavor than vanilla ice cream. So, let's do it.  I used vanilla bean infused sugar from the Spice Exchange, Tahitian vanilla beans which I scraped myself, and local organic milk and cream. I elected to use an egg-free recipe since my man, who also loves vanilla ice cream, doesn't like eggs and I'll be honest, I  get creeped out putting eggs in my ice cream.

The Ash Trays:
When I lived in LA I got to know the Danish diplomat of Arts and Culture through my friend Ruchika. I used to go to their house in Beverly Glen and we'd live the good life filled with international fabulous people and international fabulous beverages. The couple moved to Amsterdam and could not take a lot of their stuff with them, so I got these ash trays, which were never really used. Additionally, I love Campari and novelty ware so this was an ultra bonus. When I originally saw these I thought they'd be great bar snacks plates. But it turned out, my first use for them would be simple, elegant vanilla ice cream topped with Oregon raspberries. The plates are small so it was just one simple scoop, which is kind of nice after a big meal. 

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup vanilla bean sugar
3 vanilla beans, scraped
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
seasonal fruit fruit for topping

  • In a medium bowl, mix milk, vanilla beans and sugars on low speed until the sugar is dissolved.
  •  Cover and let infuse in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Take out of fridge and stir in heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  • Turn ice cream machine on and follow directions(I have a Cuisinart which takes about 20 to 25 minutes to thicken).


Magda said...

Vanilla ice cream is the best, especially when it's made with vanilla bean.

Those ash trays don't look like ash trays, which I guess is a good thing. Great idea serving the ice cream on them!

Three-Cookies said...

Almost smoked ice cream:)

Helen said...

Oh hey, I've ordered spices from the Spice Exchange before....smoked alderwood salt, some Egyptian spice mix and other stuff I can't remember now LOL!
I love all kinds of ice cream flavours - the nuttier the better - but I also enjoy real vanilla ice cream when it's made properly. I also don't like the idea of adding eggs to the custard so this is perfect. And those ashtrays are so unique and great for all kinds of finger foods and ice cream too! Yum!

Elra's cooking and baking said...

What a wonderful way to serve ice cream Anna. Love simple vanilla ice cream too.

Mary said...

What a fabulous way to serve ice cream. My family would adore this. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Anna A. said...

Magda - I second that! Thanks for not thinking my ash trays are gross. ;-)

Three-Cookies - Now there is an idea!

Helen - Did you make the zucchini blossom pie? That's cool you have used the Spice exchange before! They had some pinot noir (oregon style) salt I was tempted to get but I have so many salts at home I figured I'd stick with the sugar. I also love, love nutty ice cream - esp pistachio or hazelnut or almond. reason #582,645 you're my sista from anotha mista.

Elra - Thanks elra, nothing to get jiggy with.

Mary - Thanks - I had my family and bf over for this and they liked.

Helen said...

Anna, I had a mishap with the phyllo. It must have been in the freezer for a while so it had developed freezer burn and didn't make the grade so I tossed it. The zucchini blossoms were used in an omelette instead as they were beginning to wilt and I had to use them asap. I'm going back to the same farmer's market tomorrow to see if they have the blossoms. Fingers crossed I find them there :)

JustinM said...

The only dessert I truly love- homemade vanilla ice cream!

tasteofbeirut said...

I love using unusual vessels to show off food and especially desserts which lend themselves to whimsy.
This ice-cream looks creamy and full of vanilla flavor and topped with the raspberries, it is the best treat!

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Lindsay (Rosemarried) said...

I am a sucker for all things vintage and I adore those ash trays! I specifically adore that you used them to serve ice cream. So brilliant.

Anna A. said...

Helen - Mmmm I bet your omlette was tops and tre gourmet! Freezer burn phyllo sounds painful.

JustinM - I appreciate that you appreciate the simple things!

taste of beirut - I am all about the vessel.

Lindsay - Thank you - I am started quite a collection of vintage dish ware... all that estate saling in PDX

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I love your recipe for oh so simple vanilla bean ice cream Anna. I'm going to give this eggless version a go when the weather warms up!