BROWN SUGAR ICE CREAM
3 cups milk
1 cup brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, preferably Tahitian, split lengthwise and scraped
3/4 cup egg yolks (from 5 to 6 large eggs)
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups heavy cream
In non-reactive medium saucepan, combine the milk, brown sugar, vanilla bean, and heat over medium heat until scalded. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the mixture is reduced by 1/3, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to steep at least 1 hour, refrigerated, and preferably overnight: the longer it steeps the more flavor will develop. Strain the mixture, return the milk to the saucepan, and bring just to the point of boiling.
Meanwhile, fill a medium bowl with cold water and add ice. In a non-reactive medium bowl, combine the yolks and the sugar and whisk to blend. Add 4 ounces of the scalded milk mixture to the yolk mixture, mix well, and transfer the tempered yolk mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook or the eggs will scramble.
Strain the mixture into a medium bowl, and place it in the bowl of ice water to cool. When cool, add the cream, and stir to blend. Freeze in an ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not over harden; the ice cream should have a soft consistency. Transfer to the freezer.