Since buying my ice-cream maker a few years ago I have experimented with lots of fun flavours, with my strawberry, rhubarb and anise sorbet being the pick of the bunch so far. Whilst it is fun to play with different flavours, sometimes nothing beats a good old fashioned vanilla ice-cream/ With a few simple ingredients you can whip up a testy dessert that is miles better than anything you can buy in the supermarkets. Here's my quick and easy vanilla ice-cream recipe
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2 egg yolks (save the whites)
50g caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
500ml double cream
100 ml semi-skimmed milk (you can use whole milk for a richer taste if you like)
1. If you are using an ice-cream maker that requires container to be kept in freezer, ensure that you have popped it into freezer
2. Add sugar, cream, milk and vanilla (scrape the seeds out and then add the pod) to a saucepan and gently heat until sugar has dissolved. Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly.
3. Beat the eggs together and whisk quickly into the cream mixture, once it has cooled slightly.
4. Leave mixture in fridge overnight then remove the vanilla pod and use ice-cream machine as per instructions. Place into tub and pop into freezer for when you are ready to eat.
With the saved egg whites you can make simple sugar cones to serve with your ice-cream. I used this recipe and they turned out pretty well for my first go. I think I used a little too much batter so they were a bit thick but with practise I think I can get them as thin as they should be.