Sometimes vanilla is sufficient. Sometimes you just want a pure flavor that's uncomplicated.
Very Vanilla Gelato
3 cups goat milk
1/2 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1 whole vanilla bean.
Slice the vanilla down the middle and scrape the insides into a a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the milk, 1 tsp of vanilla extract and the rest of the vanilla bean. Bring the milk just to a boil. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, whisk the yolks with the sugar until the mixture is a pale yellow color. Slowly pour the milk into the eggs while whisking constantly. Return the egg-milk mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly. DO NOT BOIL. When the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon, remove pan from heat and strain into a bowl.
Place the bowl in an ice-bath and let stand until chilled.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.