Simple Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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4 medium egg yolks
100g golden caster sugar
1 plump vanilla pod
300ml full-fat milk
300ml double cream
+ A bowl of ice cubes

Preparation time:

Prep: 10 -15 min

Cook: 20 min

+ The cooling, churning and freezing time (which varies, depending on the type of the ice cream maker that you use)

Serves: 7-8

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation method:

Remember to put the canister of the ice cream maker in the freezer 24h before you start making the ice cream!

Step 1: Pour the milk and the cream into a medium mixing bowl and combine them with half of the sugar. While using a hand mixer on low speed, stir until the sugar has dissolved (about 2 minutes). Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and, with the tip of a sharp knife, scrape out the seeds and add them to the mixture. Then cut the pod in 3 pieces and also tip them into the bowl.

Step 2: Move the mixture into a heavy-based pan and, over a low heat, bring it to boil. Don't forget to stir now and then! When it starts boiling, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down to infuse the vanilla flavor for at least 20-25 minutes.

Step 3: Meanwhile, in a large bowl and using the hand mixer, whisk the other half of the sugar with the egg yolks until the mixture has thickened. After a few minutes of stirring, its color should be paler and its texture fluffy and soft. At this point, from your vanilla mixture, scoop out a 100 ml jug and combine it with the egg yolks in order to loosen them. Then put the vanilla cream back on heat and when it's again about to boil, take it off and mix it with the egg yolks mixture.

Step 4: Pour the custard back in the pan and cook it over a low heat, stirring uninterruptedly for about 10 minutes until the custard has thickened. Pay attention so that it doesn't boil, because otherwise it is going to curdle! When the custard has thickened, remove it from the heat.

Step 5: In the ice cube bowl put a smaller bowl and strain the custard in it. Let it cool for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and then put the cold custard in the fridge for 3 hours. Don't forget to scoop out the pieces of the vanilla pod!

Step 6: After the 3 hours, turn on the ice cream maker, pour the custard in it and leave it to process for 15-30 minutes (depending on your ice cream maker). When it gets thick enough, transfer the custard into a plastic bag (or a container) and freeze it for another 3-4 hours. Now it's ready to serve, so enjoy it!

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