There was finally space in the freezer for the icy bowl for the machine. I had vanilla beans. (more on those in a minute). I was able to go to Trader Joe's and get the dairy ingredients. Last night I made the custard. This morning we assembled the machine, poured in the custard, and let it do its magic. Mmmmmm. The kids and I would have eaten the whole thing if I hadn't come to my senses. It's in the freezer hardening up now. We'll have it for dessert tonight with some more of the strawberry rhubarb compote that I made. Mmmmmm.
The recipe was adapted from Cook's Illustrated. I just don't have the courage to use six egg yolks, two cups of heavy cream, and two cups of whole milk. I just couldn't do it. It hurt my heart thinking about it. Instead, I used three yolks and half and half. By the way, this is from a 1993 edition of the magazine. Chris Kimball had a lot more hair.
Now, about those vanilla beans. I found a website that sold beans by the pound. For a ridiculously low price. I received the beans the other day. They aren't the plumpest things around, but they'll do. I'm going to give half to my sister in law, because I don't think I can use 100 or so beans on my own. Any suggestions as to what else I can make? I'll let you know what else I come up with. Photos with the ice cream and sauce to be edited in later.