This silky, luscious and very classic custard can be used as the base for any ice cream flavor you can dream up. These particular proportions of milk and cream to egg yolk will give you a thick but not sticky ice cream that feels decadent but not heavy. (Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times)
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, French-Style: There are primarily two methods in making ice cream. One is called Philadelphia-style and only requires mixing together your cream and sugar with another flavoring, then dumping into the ice cream maker. The other (my favorite) is called French-style and includes cooking up a custard base to give the ice cream a richer taste and creamier texture. Today, I’m sharing with you the French-style method.