3. Steep the Dairy Mixture
In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream and 1/4 cup of the sugar.
Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and add both the seeds and the pod to the saucepan.
Place the saucepan over medium-low heat and heat it slowly, stirring it a few times, until it just comes to a simmer. Be careful to not let it come to a full boil. Remove from the heat and let it steep uncovered for 10 minutes.