Creamy Eggnog Ice Cream
- 2 cups milk
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 8 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups whipping cream
- 1 cup refrigerated eggnog
- Cook milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until bubbles appear; remove from heat. Add vanilla bean; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Remove vanilla bean from milk; using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape vanilla bean seeds into milk. Discard vanilla bean pod.
- Whisk together egg yolks and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl until thickened. Gradually whisk warm vanilla milk into yolk mixture; return to saucepan.
- Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° and custard coats a spoon. Remove from heat; pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Cool at room temperature about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in whipping cream and eggnog; cover and chill 1 hour.
- Pour custard mixture into freezer container of a 1-gallon hand-turned or electric freezer. Freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Pack freezer with additional ice and rock salt; let stand 1 hour before serving. Yield: about 2 quarts.
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