Making icecream is easy, fast and cheap. And it tastes delicious - you can't beat the taste of homemade icecream.

There are lots of icecream recipes out there that call for a custard base, which means a double broiler and a lot of fiddling about, moving ingredients from pan to bowl and back again.

I'm going to show you a no-cook plain vanilla base, that you can go on to customize with whatever flavors you choose!

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

Then.... think about your added extras. You can stick with plain old vanilla, but here are some suggestions - or get creative and add your own:

Peanut butter icecream. 1/3 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup roasted peanuts (sweet or salted - both work). Or replace with peanut brittle. Add peanut butter at step 5, the peanuts at step 6
Vanilla almond choc chip: A handful of almonds, a handful of chocolate chips. Add at step 6
Strawberry. 1 pint hulled strawberries in juice, squeeze of lemon juice, 1/3 cup sugar. Mix together and let stand for an hour before use, then mash together and add at step 4.
Vanilla malt. 1/3 cup malt powder. See step 5.
Mocha. 4 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons of good quality instant coffee. Blend together with the cream and milk, before adding to the eggs at step 4.

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.

Step 5

For 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.

For peanut butter: add the peanut butter (but not the peanuts) now.

Step 6

Add your mix to your icecream maker. If you have ingredients left, (such as peanuts to add), add these just before the machine is done, otherwise they will sink to the bottom.

Once it's ready, place it in the freezer until you need it. Array

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