Classic vanilla ice cream

Classic vanilla ice cream

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Plus cooling, churning and freezing

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Serves 6
Everyone will be impressed by this smooth and creamy classic ice cream

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal396
  • fat33g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 1 plump vanilla pod
  • 300ml full-fat milk

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  • 300ml double cream
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 4 egg yolks

Method

  1. Place a container in the freezer. Split the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape the seeds out with the point of the knife and tip into a pan with the milk, cream and pod. Bring to the boil, then remove heat and leave to infuse for at least 20 mins. For the best flavour, this can be done a few hours beforehand and left to go cold.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks together for a few mins until they turn pale and fluffy. Put the vanilla cream back on the heat until it's just about to boil, then carefully sieve the liquid onto the yolks, beating with the whisk until completely mixed.

  3. At this point, get a large bowl of iced water and sit a smaller bowl in it. Pour the custard back into the pan and cook on the lowest heat, stirring slowly and continuously, making sure the spoon touches the bottom of the pan, for about 10 mins until thickened. Strain the custard into the bowl sitting in the iced water and leave to cool, then churn until scoopable. Transfer to the container and freeze.

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fizzpop123
3rd Jul, 2010
want to try this tomorrow for a dinner party but i don't have a vanilla pod. will this recipe work just as well with 4tsp vanilla extract?
stumpy-polecat
10th Jun, 2015
It works with just a teaspoon of extract as I did not have a pod so had to use essence
sugarplum25
24th Apr, 2010
5.05
I made this last night as a pre test for a very special family gatering coming up. It is the best vanilla ice cream and so easy to do.
barbaradenyer
14th Aug, 2009
Making this for a special meal with friends, will be serving with ameretti biscuits, home made strawberry sorbet and fresh strawbs, so hope it turns out ok.
bizzarelonley
26th Jan, 2009
going to try this weekend.... will keep u posted.......
telaviv
28th Aug, 2008
5.05
This is the best vanilla ice cream recipe Ive tried. Really creamy and smooth.

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