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Real vanilla ice cream

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Makes 1 litre/1¾pint
Dietary Vegetarian
I like this vanilla ice cream on its own or with just a few fresh raspberries.


  1. Scald the cream (ie bring almost to boiling point, then remove from the heat) and add the vanilla pod. Leave to infuse until the cream is completely cool. Scrape out the tiny seeds from the pod and leave in the cream.

  2. Over a low heat dissolve the sugar in the water, then turn up the heat and boil rapidly to get a light syrup (it's ready when a little dropped on to a cold plate forms a thread when stretched between finger and thumb. Leave the mixture to cool for just 1 minute.

  3. Place the egg yolks in a basin and begin whisking (ideally with an electric whisk), trickling in the hot syrup as you go. Continue whisking until the mixture is thick and mousse-like. Whisk in the cream. Then pour into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen.


  • 500ml/17fl oz double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 100g/3½oz caster sugar
  • 150ml/5fl oz water
  • 4 eggs, yolks only

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Real vanilla ice cream

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled


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