I brought over my mother’s old icecream maker and used it to make frozen yoghurt at work in the summer, but now I keep it in my flat so I can make icecream instead.
Since I haven’t made my own icecream since I lived in Sweden (almost four years ago now) because of major freezer issues (in every flat) I had to start the icecream making with something as simple as vanilla.
Simple yes, but it is made with whole milk, double cream, free range egg yolks and a proper vanilla pod, so still very good. Served with an old fashioned chocolate sauce and chocolate chip cookies, this is a very simple, yet always fulfilling dessert.
I promise you, there will be more icecream recipes from now on. I am just getting started!
Homemade vanilla icecream, serves 3-4
4 egg yolks
100 ml caster sugar
300 ml double cream
100 ml whole milk
1 vanilla pod
a pinch of salt
Beat the yolks and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Cut the vanilla pod in half and scrape out the seeds. Place this in a sauce pan with the cream and the salt. Bring to the boil, then remove from heat and leave to cool. Pour it over the egg mixture and mix well. Place the bowl in a bain marie and stir with a whisk until the mixture is 85C (should take about 10 minutes). Place the bowl in a tub of ice water to cool down then pour it into the icecream maker.
Mother’s chocolate sauce, serves 3-4
50 ml cocoa
50 ml caster sugar
50 ml water
Pour all the ingredients into a saucepan, stir occasionally and bring to the boil. Let it thicken for a few minutes. Serve warm with icecream.