I’m going to be posting every Wednesday about vanilla ice cream. I’m going to list the ingredients and give you the science behind them. I’m also going to talk about how to change up your recipe, and what to do if there is something in your recipe that doesn’t work.
I have a personal reason for doing this. Vanilla ice cream was the first dessert I learned how to make on my own. It wasn’t good. I didn’t know how much of some ingredients to use, or what they did in the ice cream, or even why they were there. I don’t want someone else to feel like they have to spend years trying different recipes before they find one that works. I’m going to explain it all right here so that you don’t have to do that!
I’ll start with the ingredients:
Butterfat: This is the water soluble part of milk that makes it taste creamy and delicious. You can buy butterfat in tubs at the grocery store, but you can also make it by shaking regular milk hard enough to separate out the fat from the liquid part (the buttermilk). You’ll need about 2% butterfat in your recipe or it won’t taste creamy enough! Butterfat is also used in cheese making
What does vanilla ice cream taste like?
It’s a simple question, and one that most people can answer without much thought. But what does it mean to taste like vanilla ice cream? And where does that idea come from?
Vanilla is a spice. It’s derived from an orchid, and its flavor comes from vanillin, which is an extract taken from the beans of the orchid. But we don’t think of this when we taste it; instead, our brains recognize the vanillin as a flavor similar to something else. Because when we were kids, our parents and teachers told us about vanilla ice cream. They probably didn’t mention anything about orchids, but they probably did tell us about milk and sugar and eggs. They might have said “Add a tablespoon of vanilla to your bowl.” And so when we eat vanilla ice cream now, our brains are primed with the idea of this very familiar foodstuff called vanilla ice cream. This is why we think of it as tasting like a certain food rather than another plant’s natural chemical. And it’s why we have an intuitive sense of what vanilla ice cream should be like while not knowing anything actually true about it.
This is the opening chapter in my book Vanilla Ice Cream: Anatomy of
Vanilla ice cream is a dessert that is served in most restaurants, but there is a little more to it than meets the eye. Vanilla ice cream is comprised of several ingredients and changes depending on the type of restaurant you are at. It all starts out with milk, sugar, cream, and the vanilla bean. The milk helps to make the product rich and creamy, the sugar balances out the milk so it doesn’t taste too bland, and the cream gives it a smoother quality. The vanilla bean is an addition that gives it that characteristic flavor of vanilla ice cream, while also adding extra vitamins to your diet.
Vanilla ice cream can come in many flavors depending on what other ingredients are added to it. By adding chocolate syrup or sprinkles or crushed nuts, you can give vanilla ice cream a totally new taste. This makes trying different types of ice cream fun because you will never know if you’ll like it or not until you try it!**
Vanilla ice cream is a creamy, cool treat that I get to indulge in at least once a week. It’s not just any old vanilla ice cream though. Just like there are many variations of this delicious dessert, I want to share with you my favorite vanilla ice cream recipe. This recipe is great for making your own ice cream at home and will also save you money over buying pre-made pints from the grocery store!
Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients:
2 cups half and half4 egg yolks2/3 cup sugar1 tsp vanilla extract1 cup heavy cream
Vanilla Ice Cream Directions:
Combine the half and half and the vanilla extract into a small saucepan and heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to steam slightly. Then remove the mixture from heat and let it cool on the counter for about 20 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and sugar together until they are light yellow in color. Then pour in the warm half and half mixture (it must be warm or else it will start to cook your eggs). Add in the heavy cream (this will make your ice cream nice and thick). Pour this mixture back into your saucepan. Heat up this mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly until it
Vanilla ice cream is not a simple recipe. The term “vanilla ice cream” is a misnomer. Vanilla isn’t really an ingredient; it’s a style of preparation. Ice cream has three main ingredients: milk, sugar, and eggs. Each of these ingredients can be varied and when they are you get several different styles of ice cream. Five main ingredients in all.
Vanilla ice cream is made with whole milk and egg yolks, which contain fat and emulsifiers that keep the ice crystals small so that the texture is smooth. But in order to make it taste like vanilla, the lactose (milk sugar) in the milk needs to be partly broken down by enzymes from the egg yolk or an added enzyme called invertase. This process is called scalding or coagulation. This is why vanilla ice cream tends to be firmer than other styles of ice cream.
Scalding also partly cooks the egg proteins and gives vanilla ice cream its characteristic flavor; this is why you can’t just add vanilla flavoring to any kind of milk-and-sugar mixture and expect it to taste like vanilla ice cream. The same thing happens if you use too much invertase; the resulting mixture tastes more
The flavor of a substance is a function of its smell, taste, and feel. Vanilla ice cream has a distinctive vanilla taste, a creamy feel, and a pleasant smell. Vanilla ice cream is made with vanilla beans as well as cream. The vanilla bean is used for its scent and not just for flavor. It takes about 3 pounds of vanilla beans to make 5 quarts of ice cream. The beans are used after the seeds have been extracted and dried but before the pods are turned into vanilla extract.
Taste is the chemical senses: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, savory (umami), and fat. Ice cream has an added fat that doesn’t come from cream but from egg yolks called emulsifiers which allow the three phases to remain separate during freezing and prevent them from separating upon thawing. The sweetness comes from sugar added to the mix along with other flavors like chocolate syrup or cherry syrup depending on the flavor you want to achieve.
Taste can be broken down into different categories based on how it feels in your mouth when you eat it. There is sweet, salty, sour, savory (umami), hot (spicy), and fat (creamy).
Sourness is associated with acids like lemon juice or
Art brut ( French for “raw art” or “rough art”) is the term coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; in other words, art from the fringe. As with Dubuffet’s other terms, culture brute and habitus brut, it has gained wide currency as a buzzword among art historians.
Tristan Tzara, who was also instrumental in developing the Dada movement, wrote in 1921: “We have, in effect, combed the world for everything that might be regarded as ‘proto-Dada.’ If we haven’t forgotten anything, that ought to be sufficient for us.”
Dubuffet produced his first collection of art brut (“Homage to Surrealism”, 1934), containing 16 paintings by 13 artists and an introductory essay. The exhibition received poor reviews and Dubuffet realized that he needed to provide a proper introduction to explain what he was trying to do. In 1936 he published “The Conquest of Ubiquity”, which described his vision in more detail. Starting with this introduction, he expanded his collection to include artistic works and objects from non-Western cultures; anything could be included as long as it was not created by members of an elite professional class working