Monday, July 05, 2010

My Fourth of July + Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


My fourth of July was lovely and understated. It mostly revolved around food, which is the way I like my holidays.

Corn and Chicken, marinated in mojo sauce, was grilled.

I made no-knead bread, formed into rolls and topped with caramelized onions. Amazing.

peach pie with homemade ice cream
And best of all, I made peach pie, topped with the tastiest, creamiest homemade ice cream I have ever had. You must make this.

So tell me, what was the best thing you had this weekend?

Vanilla Ice Cream
From David Lebovitz

1 cup milk

A pinch of salt

3/4 cups sugar

1 vanilla bean

5 egg yolks

2 cup heavy cream

A few drops of vanilla extract

1. Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a paring knife. Add the bean pod to the milk.

2. Stir together the egg yolks in a bowl and gradually add some of the warmed milk, stirring constantly as you pour. Pour the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Rinse the vanilla bean and put it back into the custard and cream to continue steeping. Chill thoroughly, then remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.

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  1. I made that ice cream a couple of weeks ago and it changed my life. So good.

  2. Oh Hannah! All of that food looks absolutely amazing! Our by-the-pool barbecue was full of tons of foods that I have to slowly post on my site because everything was amazing! I felt like the pie needed to go first! LOL

    And this ice cream would go VERY well with the pie!

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, Hannah! :)

  3. Our holidays completely revolve around food too. We'll be eating barbeque and mango salsa for days! Your rolls look AMAZING! I said I would try baking bread this summer and have yet to begin. The pictures look so great, I might have to try it soon!

  4. Ah I have been dying to make that ice cream, I have had my eye on it! Sounds incredible, and your pie looks delicious too. Is it from a recipe here on your site?

    And btw, I like my holidays best when they revolve around food too. :)

  5. Yes! The recipe can be found a few blog posts down. :)

  6. All that food looks so so delicious! I wholeheartedly believe that holidays were meant for eating :)

  7. Oh my gosh - everything looks just incredible!

  8. I love my ice cream softened like you have it here. I like it to be almost like creamy soup! Your 4th looked beautiful! I grilled pizza, which is currently my new obsession and grilled nectarines. So good!

  9. I made this vanilla ice cream as well, although I also steeped some sweet cinnamon sticks with the milk and vanilla beans - heavenly! We enjoyed it with grilled peaches.

  10. Yum oh Yum!! I think you and I would get along just fine!!! And I almost made that vanilla ice cream recipe this weekend :) !! XO

  11. The best thing on my weekend was: 1) having my husband with me and just for me all the time for 2 days in a row!. 2) we went for a lovely seaside diner with some friends at a Portuguese Restaurant, hubs and we discovered (and fell in love with) Arroz con Mariscos (seafood rice). Just delicious.

    As delicious as your (and David's)home made ice cream looks. I hope you share the recipe of that pretty pie as well.

  12. lovely!
    my husband and i had one of the best tri-tip sandwiches i've ever had. followed by coconut ice cream in a handmade waffle cone. yum

  13. Sometimes I wish I was american just because of fourth of july, and eat things like these ;)

  14. awesome photography, hannah!

  15. Fantastic idea on the no knead bread. I love it. Everything looks divine. I love homemade ice cream. I bought an ice cream maker last year. Why in the world I haven't used it, I don't know!

  16. Looks like the perfect 4th of July party... I'm sure the vanilla ice cream was the perfect way to top everything off!

  17. Wow wow wow wow! All of that looks amazing. Great pictures.

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  18. peach pie with homemade vanilla ice cream... sigh... that would be perfection.

  19. What a spread! And that pie looks amazing. There is nothing like pie with a scoop of great vanilla ice cream. Yum!

  20. Chicken seems to have been the theme for the holiday weekend, and I couldn't agree more for a delicious choice. The corn and bread made my mouth water as well, and that peach pie with homemade ice cream--goodness! That would be a treat all summer long.

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  22. my 4th of july was very food-centric and laid back enjoyable!

    the peach pie looks amazing...probably one of my very favorite things :)

  23. Now that sounds like a fantastic meal, particularly the biscuits.


  24. I have happily made and savored this ice cream, and I agree, its the best.

  25. Mmmmm.. do you have a recipe for the no-knead bread?
    best, Kelsey

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