Thursday, 26 March 2015

My Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

So just to be up front with you, this is NOT a healthy recipe.  There are some things that I believe are best made the traditional way - ice cream is one of them.  This is also really really simple - there are only four ingredients.  But my husband says this is his favourite ice cream ever, and although he might be biased, I'm willing to share the ice cream love with you all.




Ingredients


  • 600ml full fat thickened cream
  • 1.5 cups milk (any milk is fine, but more fat content will add creaminess)
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar, plus a couple of extra tablespoons
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence or a vanilla bean pod

Method


Pour the thickened cream into a bowl, and add 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla essence (or half a vanilla bean pod, scraped).  Whip the cream on a high speed until it is thick and forms peaks.  I use a hand held mixer.


Pour the milk into another bowl, add the 1/4 cup of caster sugar, and the other teaspoon of vanilla essence (or half a vanilla bean pod, scraped).  Whip at a low speed until the sugar is dissolved, and the milk is light and frothy.

Combine the cream and milk.  I gently fold the mixture together with a spatula, to try to avoid looking the air.  Pour into an ice cream maker, and let it churn away for 20-25 minutes, until it looks a bit like soft serve.


Spoon into freezable containers, and store in your freezer until ready to serve.  You might like to let the ice cream sit out for 5-10 minutes before serving to let it soften.



I have used this base for a heap of variations, such as:

  • add a mix of chocolate chips for the last couple of minutes in the ice cream maker (Gareth's favourite is a mix of milk, white and dark chocolate)
  • adding some peppermint essence for mint ice cream
  • Making a really quick berry coulis (heating berries and sugar in a saucepan until it becomes a sauce), and either stirring through the ice cream before freezing, or just using as a topping when the ice cream is served
  • Adding caramel or chocolate sauce, and sprinkling with crumbed walnuts or slivered almonds


Use your imagination!


What is your favourite flavoured ice cream?


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