Vanilla-bean ice cream

Recipe: Vanilla-bean ice cream


  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 vanilla beans, split lengthways
  • 5 large (70g) free-range egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar


  1. Place cream, milk and vanilla beans in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat for 4-5 minutes until just below boiling point, then remove from heat and leave to infuse for 20 minutes.
  2. Discard any skin that’s formed on the surface, then remove beans and scrape the seeds into the cream mixture. Place yolks, sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  3. Using electric beaters, beat for about 3 minutes until thick and pale. Gradually beat in cream mixture, then place in a clean pan over low heat.
  4. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 10 minutes or until you have a custard thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  5. Pour into a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool for about 1 hour, then chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  6. Pour mixture into a shallow container and freeze for 2 hours or until frozen at edges. Remove and beat with electric beaters. Return to container and refreeze. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
  7. Alternatively, churn in an ice-cream machine to manufacturer’s instructions until thick but soft enough to spoon into a container.
  8. Transfer to a 1L plastic container. Freeze for at least 3 hours or until firm enough to scoop.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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