Easy vanilla ice cream

Easy vanilla ice cream

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Plus freezing


Serves 4 generously
A traditional creamy and cold treat - eat on its own, or dollop on apple pie

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal498
  • fat46g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 500g pot of good-quality vanilla custard



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 284ml carton double cream


  1. To churn in a machine: In a bowl, mix the ingredients well together. Churn in the ice-cream machine until scoopable. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until needed.

  2. To churn by hand: Mix the ingredients in a bowl and freeze in the bowl for about 90 mins until it starts to freeze around the edges. Stir well then repeat the process twice more until the mix is smooth and frozen. Freeze in a suitable container until needed.

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18th Mar, 2013
Apparently, it goes icy, Ellie, if you don't mix it enough. I tried it by hand, though, and it turned out icy too! It virtually froze over, and i was mixing the whole time!
11th Jun, 2012
Far too rich and sickly for our family I'm afraid.
27th Apr, 2011
delicous a great treat for all the family.so yummy everyone likes ice-cream
8th Apr, 2011
The real trick with this recipe is to use a good quality fresh custard. Whatever you do dont use tinned stuff like ambrosia because it has a really strong flavour and your ice cream just ends up tasting of frozen custard. I use Asda/Tesco/M&S custard, the fresh stuff that you get in the chiller cabinet and it works really well. You can often get these on special offer and its a big 500 ml tub. Also you can add extra sugar if the ice cream isnt sweet enough, always taste the mixture before adding to ice cream maker.
30th Jan, 2011
could adding fruit puree help? will try and let you know
24th Jul, 2010
I use Tesco Finest Cornish Custard and then used my Magimix ice cream machine.The result was great! I would make this again.
17th Sep, 2009
There was no flavour to this at all, despite putting in extra vanilla essence, It also needed to be a bit sweeter. I have made lots of home made ice cream from scratch and tried this as I wanted something easy, but I won't make again unless I added something with a strong flavour.
12th Jul, 2009
We tried this, and added a large amount of vanilla extract. However, it tasted very very watery. We will try again, as the texture was amazing.
15th Jun, 2009
i tried this, but the final result was really icy!! help, what can i do.....???!!!!
22nd Sep, 2008
looks fab, will definately try it out. yum!


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