I've had my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for about a month now and haven't really used it. I guess I was just waiting for it to get warmer.
Anyway! I tried it last night and the first batch came out today! Mmmmm it's quite good, even though it hasn't quite hardened yet.
Modified recipe based on Alton Brown's Serious Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry preserves (not jelly) (Changed from peach preserves)
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
Combine all ingredients (including the bean and its pulp) in a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Attach a frying or candy thermometer to inside of pan. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to 170 degrees F. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove the hull of the vanilla bean, pour mixture into lidded container and refrigerate mixture overnight to mellow flavors and texture.
Freeze mixture in ice cream freezer according to unit's instructions. The mixture will not freeze hard in the machine. Once the volume has increased by 1/2 to 3/4 times, and reached a soft serve consistency, spoon the mixture back into a lidded container and harden in the freezer at least 1 hour before serving.
One thing though, I'm not going to be saving much money making my own ice cream. Just getting the one vanilla bean was like $6 and that was just the Safeway one. But oh it's so good. :-9