Foolproof vanilla ice cream

Because sometimes the only cure for a bad day or bad pie is a little vanilla ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream

All you need is an ice cream maker and the following ingredients:

1 cup milk

1 cup vanilla bean sugar

3 cups heavy cream

Combine milk and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves then stir in heavy cream. That’s the long and short of it, now follow your ice cream maker’s instructions to turn this base into ice cream!!

Vanilla Ice Cream

Stay cool, stay sweet,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

 

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Brainstorming

We do our best daydreaming, uh, I mean, brainstorming at the farmers markets.

One of us will say, You know what I want? Vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce and peaches and blueberries.

And the other person will say, Mmmm chocolate waffles with dark chocolate chunks…

And we’ll lapse into silence as we both get lost in thought but later we’ll bring it all together:

Chocolate Waffles

Stay cool, stay sweet, and keep daydreaming,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Chocolate Waffles

 

Blueberry yum yum ice cream

We had a wee bit of topping left over from our father’s day cheesecake and a little homemade vanilla ice cream hidden away in the freezer.

Inspired by one of our favorite blueberry treats, blueberry yum yum, we decided to put these two together and add a lavender pecan shortbread crumble.

Wait, what’s blueberry yum yum? 

Oh friends, the minute we make some we’ll let you know. But right now let’s talk about this little beauty:

Blueberry Yum Yum ice cream

Yum.

The perfect desert for a hot summer evening!

 

For the blueberry topping you can follow the recipe for our cheesecake topping here.

 

If you want to make your own vanilla ice cream here’s what we did:

3 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup water

1 cup vanilla sugar

Combine the water, 1/2 cup of the heavy cream, and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the rest of the heavy cream.Now pour that mixture into your ice cream maker and follow your machine’s directions from there!

 

Now for the lavender pecan shortbread crumble:

1 cup of butter (two sticks)

2 cups of flour

1 cup of pecans, chopped

1/4 cup lavender sugar (or just enough to coat dough)

Set oven for 350 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine butter, flour, and pecans in a bowl and mix them until they are evenly blended together. Sprinkle some lavender sugar in a small dish or bowl. Now it’s time to get a little messy, take a ball of the dough and flatten it to be about half an inch thick. Dip both sides in the lavender sugar and place on your baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. The edges will look golden and rather crumbly! When they are cool you can try to preserve their cookie shape or just go ahead and crumble them.

And there you have all the parts, the only thing left is to throw them all together and enjoy!

Blueberry Yum Yum ice cream

Happy eating!