Making vanilla icecream is easy. You can make homemade vanilla icecream one of two ways - a custard based mix which requires cooking, or - how I'm going to show you - the no-cook one bowl way!

This recipe is a variation of a Ben and Jerry's icecream recipe that over time, I've modified to suit my taste. I like my icecream more creamy than sweet, so I cut back on the sugar just a bit and added a few other things. If you don't feel it's sweet enough, when you're at the adding sugar stage, you can up the sugar to 3/4 cup, but for me just saving those few calories without compromising on taste is the way to go.

Things You Will Need

2 large eggs
1/2 cup caster/fine sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup whole full fat milk
Vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod

Makes 1 generous quart

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together until they are really fluffy and creamy - 2 minutes should do it.

Step 2

Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time. I usually mix mine in four stages - a quarter at a time. Once it's all in, mix for one to two more minutes to really combine it all together and beat in that air - essential for creamy, fluffy icecream.

Step 3

Add a few (4-5) drops of vanilla extract. Now, vanilla extract really is the difference between good homemade vanilla icecream and not so good. Vanilla extract is made from real vanilla, rather than from synthetic flavor, and it makes a huge difference! You can track it down at good delis and large supermarkets.

If you really want to go to town, you can use a whole vanilla pod instead of the extract. You'll need to split this lengthways, then scrape out all the seeds and add these to the mix. It's quite fiddly, but worth the effort. (I keep my used vanilla pods in my sugar jar to add a vanilla flavor to the sugar).

Step 4

Add the cream and milk and give it another whizz for a minute or two. If you want to make malted vanilla, take a 5-6 tablespoons of the mix aside in a small bowl, and blend with 1tbsp malt powder, then return this mix to the main mix and combine.

Step 5

Add your mix to your icecream maker and once it's done, place it in the freezer until you need it.
As well as the malted alternative, cinnamon ice cream is also another variation on this recipe that's great with apple dishes.

Tips & Warnings

Make sure your ice cream maker bowl has been chilled for at least 24 hours and keep your ingredients as cold as possible before use for the best results.