When I was young, my parents had an old wooden ice cream maker that they would bring out on special occasions. They would set it up outside, fill it with never-ending bags of ice and rock salt, and for hours it would leave a streak of melted ice down the redwood deck as it slowly churned the most wonderful vanilla ice cream I had ever tasted. Fast forward twenty-something years and several moves around the country during which the ice cream maker was long lost. One day, as I sifted through my mom’s cookbooks out fell a little pamphlet with a drawing of the trusty old wooden ice cream maker drawn on the front. Inside, I found the recipe for that crave-worthy ice cream I remembered from my childhood. It turns out that despite my 6 year old beliefs that my parents magically created that ice cream I loved so much, it was actually a recipe straight from the long-since closed manufacturer of that cool ice cream maker.
The recipe below is identical to that of the original, with the only very slight change being the addition of a little extra vanilla. If you have a slow-churning ice cream maker, and especially a wooden one that leaves melted ice streaming down your deck, use that. If not, just use any ice cream maker you have and savor every spoonful of the rich & creamy results of this Classic Vanilla Ice Cream.
- 1 egg
- ½ c. plus 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1¼ c. whole milk
- 1 c. heavy cream
- 1¼ tsp. vanilla (use your best vanilla, or better yet, the seeds from a vanilla bean pod)
- dash of table salt
Thoroughly whisk together all ingredients. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn according to your maker’s directions. cover with plastic wrap and freeze for added hardness.
Scoop onto a cone, into a bowl, or mix with your favorite fruits, nuts or candies.