Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe - just like Haagen Dazs

Our new ice-cream maker arrived last weekend.  We christened it by trying out a simple vanilla recipe.  We have been devoted Haagen Dazs ice-cream lovers for awhile now thanks to their simple (non-chemical) ingredients.  Imagine my surprise when this recipe tasted just like Haagen Dazs vanilla!  Of course the ingredients are right on the package, but there are so many ways out there to make vanilla that I was pleased that our first attempt was right on.

Copy-cat Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice-Cream
Ingredients
4 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla

Directions
Slowly bring the milk to almost boiling and then remove from heat.  In a medium bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar until it's thick.  Then pour the mixture into the hot milk slowly while continuously stirring.  After it's mixed, heat on medium until the custard thickens, about 10 minutes.  Be careful that it doesn't boil.  When you see a film on the back of your spoon then you can remove the pan from heat.  Leave to cool.

When the custard base is cool stir in the heavy cream and vanilla, then transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker.  Follow your manufacturer's instructions.

I think this recipe will be a great base for other flavors.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with fruit, pistachio nuts or even coffee.  I can't wait for our next batch!




33 comments:

  1. nice opinion.. thanks for posting.

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    1. You are very welcome. I'm trying other new ice-cream recipes that I'll be passing on soon.

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  2. How many ounces of ice cream did you make with that recipe?

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  3. Just made these. Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe. Very easy and delicious!

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    1. You are very welcome, glad you like it!

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  4. Mm mmm good! Thank you so much for this!

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  5. Ii am also huge lover haagendaz too. I've been looking for the recipe from people might know how to make. And so happy I find you and so excited to try to make it. Thanks for sharing this :)

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    1. Does it really taste like haagendaz ice cream?

      Thx

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    2. Yes it does. Have u tried it???!

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  6. This ice cream really does taste like Haagen Daz - its amazing! But very dangerous as I couldn't stop eating it. I even used Fat Free Half & Half instead of Heavy Cream and it was still so yummy and creamy the heavy cream must be unreal! I'd love to make coffee ice cream like Haagen daz using this recipe. Any suggestion on how to add coffee to this?

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    1. I'm happy to hear that Fat Free still tastes good! But oh yes, I am all about full fat. ;)

      I am not sure about adding coffee, I haven't tried making a coffee flavor yet. I do recommend David Lebovitz's book "The Perfect Scoop". I just started trying out some of his recipes. Check back, I'll probably do a coffee one soon!

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  7. Holy Moses ! I christened my new Cusinart ice cream maker with this. Total Debauchery! I love it. Thanks

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  8. So I am eating chocolate Haagendaz out of the carton...and came across this recipe. I was gifted an ice cream maker attachment for my kitchen aid just yesterday. Two questions: Are the instructions any different for the kitchen aid maker and where oh where is the chocolate haagendaz recipe?

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    1. The Kitchen Aid attachment is what I use. Just make sure you freeze the bowl at least the night ahead.

      As for the chocolate recipe, you must try my Double Chocolate recipe. It is SO good. Try it and let me know if it's as good as haagen daz: http://annesoddsandends.blogspot.com/2012/06/double-chocolate-ice-cream.html

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  9. I have a question, when the custard is heating up on medium heat for about 10 mins, do I need to stir it or just leave it alone? Also, does it matter if I use fresh/packed milk? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, you need to keep a close eye on the custard and stir it while its cooking or it will get lumpy from cooked egg bits. I'm not sure about using packed milk, I've only used fresh. If you try packed milk let me know how it turns out! Thank you

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  10. You are officially BETTER than Hagen Dazs. The company has now substituted skim milk for milk in its vanilla ice cream. It is now way more ICE than cream, which makes the sugar taste strong and harsh. Love affair over.

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    1. I had no idea they'd changed their formula! I stopped buying ice-cream once I tried this recipe I guess it's a good thing. :)

      Glad you like this one, enjoy!

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  11. mmmm i am gonna make it and i will tell you if it really taste like the brand.

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  12. Can't wait to try out the recipe, but I have a question... When you say leave the custard to cool before mixing in the heavy cream and vanilla, do you mean room temperature cool? Have you tried putting it in the ice bath or refrigerator to quicken the cooling process? Thanks!

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    1. It's really more of a "cool down" than a proper cool. No need to refrigerate, just wait a few minutes for it to be room temperature. However, most ice cream machines work better if the mixture is cold, so some time in the refrigerator shouldn't hurt! I rarely use ice baths btw (for recipes that call for it), I just mix every few minutes while they're in the refrigerator.

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  13. Hi...would love to try this but wonder if it could be adjusted for Half-the-fat Lemon...which I am currently addicted to. Any suggstions?

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    1. 1/2 the fat I hear is possible, another person commented that it worked great. Now, about the lemon, are you asking how to change the recipe for lemon?

      Try this luscious lemon recipe, it's fantastic: http://annesoddsandends.blogspot.com/2012/07/luscious-lemon-ice-cream-recipe.html

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  14. Made your base and added cocoa, sweet chocolate and whipped my whipping cream stiff, folded it in the base. Then churned it. My guys Loved it!! Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I'm so going to try this once I am officially out of haagen dazs ice cream (Vanilla Almond), since they had a good promo for it since haagen dazs is so expensive here. I kind of want to imitate the flavor but there's some alcohol in the Vanilla Almond. Do any of you know what kind of alcoholic drink they added? I'll probably will cook this before my brother takes his ice cream maker to his new house.

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  16. Tried the recipe and for me tasted like pastry cream ice cream. Good try but not there yet. A lot of things influence the outcome of the recipe, like cream(with more fat or less fat) and the milk. I'm going to try this with less egg yolk or two whole eggs and with less cream. Thanks

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    1. You'll have to let us know if you find an even closer recipe. :)

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    2. Totally will do that. Next time I will try to mix the milk and cream and bring them to a light boil and then add both to the egg-sugar mix. I would also add more milk too. I used a 40% fat cream and after eating I was left with a lot of fat in my mouth.

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  17. Greetings. I'm concerned about eating raw eggs, my doctor has advised against it. Thoughts?

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    1. The eggs are slowly cooked.

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