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For my anniversary this year, I received a ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid mixer... the gift that keeps on giving, right? Anytime we want to make something special for dessert, we pull out this gadget. So far it has not disappointed. One of our very favorite recipes to make is Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream. Made with simple ingredients, it is so creamy and rich, truly a decadent treat! And don't forget the yummy toppings... hot fudge, chocolate sprinkles, nuts, fruit and candies like M&M's® Crispy.
So far, I've only made ice cream recipes that you have to cook first, and that's what I'll be sharing with you today. It's not a fast recipe, but it is so very worth it! The rich and creamy texture combined with just the right amount of sweetness will send your tastebuds into orbit!
As much as we love the ice cream, the real star is what you top it with. When I was at CVS recently picking up a few items, I couldn't help but notice one of the end caps near the seasonal candy filled with different varieties of M&M's®. When I saw the M&M's® Crispy, I knew I had to get some. I remember when they first came out in the late 1990's... and then they went away. But, now they're back by popular demand! Yellow even made a video for their fans to announce their return!
Let me just say, they make the best ice cream topping... delicious milk chocolate with a crispy rice center. Crunchy, sweet, and colorful... everything you need to make a simple bowl of ice cream into something special. If you want to try them for yourself, you can get a $1 off coupon to use at CVS here.
Here's what you need to make the ice cream and some optional toppings: half-and-half, egg yolks, sugar, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and salt.
Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream Sundaes
(yields about 8 cups)
2 1/2 cups half-and-half
8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
4 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
Toppings of choice (hot fudge, nuts, sprinkles, candies, chopped fruit)
In medium sauce pan, heat half-and-half on medium until very hot but not boiling, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
Place egg yolks and sugar in mixing bowl of stand mixer. Using wire whip attachment, mix for about 30 seconds on speed 2 until slightly thickened. Continue on speed 2 and very gradually pour in half-and-half; mix until well-blended. Return this mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is steamy and small bubbles appear around the edges. (Do not boil.) Transfer the mixture to large bowl; stir in heavy whipping cream, vanilla and salt. Cover and chill completely, several hours to overnight.
Remove from refrigerator and process according to your ice cream maker's instructions. Pour into an airtight container and freeze for a few hours to achieve a scoopable consistency. Scoop into serving dishes and top with favorite toppings.
There's no right or wrong way to do this... just set out the toppings and let the sundae frenzy begin! Hot fudge, caramel, sprinkles, fruit, nuts, or your favorite candies... the sky's the limit!
In anticipation for my son's first baseball tournament of the Spring, I went ahead and set the freezer bowl in the freezer to get it ready. (In case you don't have an ice cream maker and were wondering what the stand mixer attachments look like, here's mine ready to be filled.) I also made up the ice cream mixture to chill so it would be ready for after the games. Call me crazy, but I just seemed to know something exciting would be happening this weekend and we would need to celebrate.
Turns out I was right. If you follow my Instagram feed, you may have seen that my boy got his very first out-of-the-park home run. It turned into a 3 run homer. He wasn't the only one of his teammates to do that in the game. Three others managed to put it over the fence too. It was a team record for sure. This was definitely cause for celebrating.
My kiddos were so excited to try the M&M's® Crispy on their ice cream. They loved them just as much as I did when they first came out all those years ago. I'm so glad they're back in stores! These crunchy candies certainly raised the bar on sundae decorating... I'm thinking I may need to stock my Sports Mom's Survival Bag with a couple of small packages of these too. You know, just in case we're stranded at the ballpark for several hours one weekend. It could happen.
So, this was my bowl... I used a little bit of all the toppings and even took the spoon from the hot fudge (just to cut down on dishes, of course). Have you ever made homemade ice cream? What are your favorite ice cream sundae toppings?