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Vanilla Ice-Cream

Simple vanilla ice-cream made of egg custard and flavoured with vanilla bean paste. Easy and delicious summer treat! No ice-cream maker required!

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You will love this simple vanilla ice-cream, made from egg custard and flavoured with vanilla. For this recipe you DON'T NEED ice-cream maker which makes it easy summer treat you can make at home.

Pour some chocolate or caramel sauce over the scoop of our vanilla ice-cream or sprinkle with toasted nuts and you have delicious summer dessert.

We love to serve our chocolate lava cake and hazelnut brownies with a scoop of this simple homemade vanilla ice-cream.

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Ingredients you'll need for this vanilla ice-cream

This vanilla ice-cream recipe features only a few simple ingredients and is easily done. You just need to count onto time ice-cream needs to freeze. That's why it's the best to make this ice-cream a day before you need it and keep in the freezer.

This simple no-churn vanilla ice-cream is made of only 4 ingredients:

  • EGG YOLKS: using only egg yolks (not whole eggs) makes the ice-cream super cream. This is the secret!

  • HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM: use heavy whipping cream with at least 33% milk fat.

  • CASTER SUGAR: this super fine sugar dissolves easily and gives some texture to the ice-cream.

  • VANILLA BEAN PASTE: if using vanilla bean add it to the whipping cream while warming then discard. If using vanilla bean paste stir it once the ice-cream is cooked.

How to make vanilla ice-cream

Start making ice-cream with beating the eggs yolks and sugar using electric hand mixer until the mixture is pale and thick. Place the cream in a medium saucepan and bring it almost to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Slowly and in a steady stream pour the cream into egg mixture, while whisking the egg mixture. Now, pour the mixture back to the saucepan and cook on a low heat whisking continuously using a balloon whisk.

Once the mixture is slightly thick remove from the heat and stir in vanilla bean paste.

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How to flavour vanilla ice-cream

We love to use vanilla bean paste which has a pure, sweet vanilla taste and gives ice-cream look of vanilla bean seeds.

You can use instead use whole vanilla bean which will also flavoured the ice-cream. In this case, split the bean in half lengthways, scrape seeds using a knife and add both bean and seeds to the saucepan with cream. Once the cream is warmed discard the bean. 

Freezing vanilla ice-cream

This ice-cream doesn't require ice-cream maker. Just pour the mixture into a clean plastic container or a bowl and leave to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. Next, cover with cling film and place in the freezer to firm, this will take 3-4 hours. 

Once you are ready to serve, leave the ice-cream for 10 minutes at room temperature then scoop and serve. These vanilla ice-cream will look amazing in these colourful porcelain serving bowls.

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Vanilla Ice-Cream

SERVES: 500ml
COOKS IN: 15 minutes plus freezing time


  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 75g caster sugar (1/3 cup)
  • 420ml heavy whipping cream, 33-36% (1 3/4 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

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  1. Using an electric hand mixer beat egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and creamy (2-3 minutes).

  2. Pour the whipping cream in a medium heavy-based saucepan. Warm the cream over a low-heat and heat to just below simmering point. Remove from heat and leave aside.

  3. Pour the cream slowly into the eggs, whisking constantly. Return to the same saucepan, cook over a low heat, stirring until mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon or spatula. 

  4. Transfer the mixture to the bowl or plastic container, cover the surface with cling film and freeze for about 3-4 hours or until it's firm.

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