Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream

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Yield: Makes about 1 quart.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 2 cups  heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups  whole milk
  • 3 ounces  cream cheese
  • 4 teaspoons  vanilla extract

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan mix sugar and cornstarch. Add the cream, milk and cream cheese. Whisk over medium-high heat until the cream cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth and begins to simmer, about 8 min. Simmer for 2 min, add vanilla and strain through a fine sieve.

2. Stir mixture over an ice bath until cold or chill overnight. Churn in an ice-cream maker; keep frozen in an airtight container for up to a month.

Tip

  • We added a bit of cream cheese, which gives this ice cream a smooth texture and extra-rich flavor.
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Directions

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