For Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
6 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
For Sundae Assembly
1 sheet Puff Pastry, thawed
1. Make Ice Cream: In a medium saucepan, gently warm 1 cup of heavy cream, milk, sugar, and salt, until the sugar has dissolved. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the warmed mixture and add the bean as well. Cover the saucepan, remove from heat, and let steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, pour the remaining cup of heavy cream into a large bowl and set a strainer on top. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl (one that can fit the bowl with the 1 cup of heavy cream) with ice and water.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.
4. Slowly pour the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Then carefully pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
5. Set the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Heat until the custard thickens. When it’s ready it will coat the back of the spoon and when you draw your finger across it, it should leave a definitive trail.
6. Pour the custard through the strainer, into the heavy cream. Stir the cream and custard to incorporate. Take the bean from the strainer and add it to the final mixture. Add the vanilla extract.
7. Put the bowl into the ice bath, and stir until the mixture has cooled. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or a lid) and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. I recommend chilling it overnight.
8. Freeze the ice cream according to your ice cream machine's instructions. (Mine, which is a Cuisinart, takes about 20-30 minutes.)
9. If you prefer soft serve, eat at this point. Otherwise freeze until hardened, about 3-4 hours.
10. Make Sundaes: Preheat oven to 375*F. Cut puff pastry sheet into 6 pieces and roll out into 5 to 6-inch squares. Place six small bowls (or mugs) upside down on two baking sheets. Spray the bottoms of the bowls with cooking spray and place a puff pastry square on the bottom of each bowl. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden. (In theory they will form bowls. Mine didn’t quite work since the bowls I used were too large.)
11. Allow puff pastry bowls to cool for a few minutes and then place a few scoops of ice cream into each. Top with drizzled honey and cinnamon.
The ice cream in this recipe is the same as the recipe for Stracciatella, just without the chocolate. This is the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had. It’s so rich and delicious. The idea for the honey, cinnamon and puff pastry came from the longing for Sopapillas.