Post for Maggie at Dog Hill
Then when I was first doing the chocolates, I would take all my broken, poorly tempered, whatever problem chocolates and confections and I'd save them and add them to my vanilla base.
My vanilla base is:
1 qt 1/2 and 1/2
3/4 qt heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean (Madagascar, Mexican or Tahitian, depending on what you are doing. I do a Tahitian vanilla that is fantastic.
Optional Flavoring (Ex, cinnamon sticks.)
9 egg yolks
Combine vanilla bean, Flavor, cream, 1/2 and 1/2 and sugar, bring to a simmer. Put aside and let cool. Temper the egg yolks and the reheat the cream mixture while pouring the tempered yolks into the mixture in a thin stream. Very thin. Constantly stir. Cook on low to medium heat till you get to 180F. Use a candy/oil thermometer.
Strain into a metal measuring cup or two and put into an ice bath to cool. So, strain into container and insert into an ice bath. DO NOT POUR THE ICE CREAM INTO THE WATER, ICE AND SALT. Put the whole container into the bath, please. (Sorry if you understood that already but I felt my wording was ambiguous.)
If you do the nougat ice cream, put the nougat into the metal container and strain base into the container and put whole container into water bath. Do not add optional flavor.
Get your ice cream maker going and pour the cooling mixture in. You know your ice cream machine so, you do what you need to do to get it to work. I have a Lello by Muso that is killer. If you have a home Cuisinart, which I used for years, you need to chill your ice cream before churning. With my Lello, I just turn it on in advance and voilà, ice cream.