Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard


Who has a sweet tooth? Mister Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey, that’s who! And vanilla ice cream appears to be at the top of his list (and all over Ana – but we won’t talk about that in this post). Although I love me some vanilla ice cream (preferably in a bowl – but we won’t talk about that in this post), there’s something that I love even more: vanilla bean frozen custard! If you’re not familiar with this decadent treat, think silky, creamy, smooth… (but we won’t talk about that in this post – YES WE WILL!). 

Frozen custard is divine! It really is the Queen of Frozen Treats. Like ice cream, the FDA dictates that frozen custard must contain at least 10% milkfat, but it is differentiated from ice cream because it must also contain at least 1.4% egg yolk solids by weight. It can be hardened like store-bought ice cream or remain similar to soft-serve. The taste? There is no comparison. It’s light and bursting with flavor.

Continuing our series Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipes, below you’ll find one for Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard. Try it and let me know what you think. Feel free to toss in some flavoring and skip the vanilla bean if prefer another flavor.

Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard

Serves 4-6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 24 hours
Total time 24 hours, 30 minutes

Egg, Milk
Meal type




  • 3 Cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 Cups granulated sugar
  • 5 Large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped – save seeds and pod)
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract


Step 1
In a heavy saucepan combine the cream, milk, sugar, and salt.
Step 2
Add the vanilla bean seeds and pod halves to the cream mixture.
Step 3
Place pot over medium heat, stirring just until steam starts to rise. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. Remove pot from heat.
Step 4
In a medium size mixing bowl, briskly whisk together the egg yolks. Temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks while whisking quickly and constantly. Since the hot mixture can cook the egg yolks, whisking is critical.
Step 5
Pour the egg yolk/cream mixture slowly back into the saucepan while again whisking quickly and constantly.
Step 6
Over medium heat, stir the mixture constantly until it is thickened and evenly coats the back of a metal spoon. Slide your finger across the back of the coated spoon. If a line remains, the custard is done. If a line does not remain, continue to cook and stir the mixture. Test periodically with the metal spoon until the custard has formed (there is a definitive line after sliding your finger across the spoon).
Step 7
If there are lumps, pour through a fine mesh strainer. If not, proceed to the next step.
Step 8
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Step 9
Place bowl or pot of custard into an ice bath and stir until the mixture has cooled. Remove the pods.
Step 10
When cooled, cover and put in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight until completely chilled. Working with a chilled product produces the best results.
Step 11
Using an ice cream freezer, process according to the directions. The consistency will resemble a milk shake. Feel free to serve as is or place in a covered container and freeze for several hours or overnight until hardened.

Posted on by Crystal in Gram's Recipe Tin

One Response to Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard

  1. Joyce

    Up until several years ago I never could understand why anyone would prefer plain vanilla ice cream over chocolate. But wow, has my taste ever changed! A good quality vanilla ice cream is my favorite flavor above all others, and I love making it at home. So this is a recipe I definitely look forward to trying.

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