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Custard Based Vanilla Ice Cream

This is a rich ice cream and should be served in small portions.

ingredients

makes 1 1/2 pints (900 ml)
1 pint (600 ml) milk
1 vanilla pod or few drops of vanilla essence
6 egg yolks
4 oz (100 g) caster sugar
5 fl oz (150 ml) double cream, whipped

method

1. Scald the milk with the vanilla pod, if using, and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain.

2. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and thick. Gradually stir in the strained milk and vanilla essence, if using. Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 to 4 minutes until the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Do not allow to boil, otherwise the eggs will curdle.

3. Press a circle of greaseproof paper or cling film on to the surface and leave until cold.

4. Fold in the whipped cream (and chosen flavouring if not using vanilla).

5. Spoon into a shallow container and freeze for 40 minutes or until the ice cream begins to harden round the edges.

6. Turn into a chilled bowl and whisk to break up the ice crystals. Return to the container and repeat the freezing and beating process once or twice more, depending on the required smoothness.

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