I got an ice-cream maker for Christmas and have been experimenting with it ever since. This is my recipe for making the perfect vanilla ice cream. It’s a base for any other flavours and combinations and works every time. I hope you enjoy it.
Ingredients for 1 litre of ice cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of caster sugar
- 300 ml semi skimmed milk
- 300 ml whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
You will also need an ice cream maker for best results.
If you have an ice cream maker like mine, you have to plan in advance and freeze it 24h before you want to make the ice cream. Warm up the milk until hot but not boiling. Meanwhile beat the eggs and the sugar until nice and fluffy and all the sugar has dissolved. Next, carefully pour the milk slowly to the egg mixture while whisking all the time.
Add the vanilla extract and put on the hob on a low to medium temperature. Keep stirring until the mixture starts to thicken slightly. When it’s ready it will form a thin film on the back of the spoon. Don’t let it boil as this will curdle everything. If you think it’s getting too hot take off the heat for a moment.
When it’s ready pour into a bowl and add the cream. Put in the fridge to cool down for at least 1/2 hour. Taste it, it should taste like a melted vanilla ice cream. Once it’s cooled pour the ice cream into the ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Mine takes about 30-40 minutes until it gets to that “Mr. Whippy” spoonable soft consistence. You can serve it like this or let it harden further in the freezer.
A few tips and tricks:
- This is a basic recipe and you can add fruit, melted chocolate, coulis or any other flavours to your ice cream.
- Only use fresh eggs and eat the ice-cream within a week of making it.
- If you haven’t got an ice cream maker you can freeze it manually, just make sure you stir it every 20 minutes.
I hope you enjoy my recipe, please let me know what you think!