Sunday, August 6, 2017

HOMEMADE VANILLA ICECREAM


I LOVE ICE CREAM! Always have, always will.  

Good icecream is the epitome of all that is sweet and cold and creamy and just heavenly in my opinion.

I've wanted to make ice cream from scratch for simply ages, but I don't own an icecream maker, and I was always a bit put off by making a custard, and all that frequent freezing/stirring that is required when you don't have an ice cream maker.

Then along came Mary Berry.

She first came to my attention through Rhonda at Down to Earth blog, on her weekly readings post.  I loved her from the first minute.  She's just like your favourite Grandma or Great Aunt.  A true lady.  Oozing style and sophistication, with just enough sass to make her real.

Can you tell I'm a big fan?

Anyway this is her recipe for vanilla icecream, using a mere 4 ingredients!

No additives, no preservatives, no "God knows what" in it!

I can highly recommend it.

VANILLA ICECREAM

4 eggs separated
100g caster sugar
300ml thickened cream
1-2tsp vanilla

Lightly whip the cream and Vanilla (slightly more than soft peaks, but not hard like you would serve with scones for example)

In a separate (large) bowl whisk the egg whites on full speed, until they start to look like a cloud.

Add the caster sugar, 1 heaped spoonful at a time, whisk until the sugar is dissolved. (A bit like making a meringue) the mixture will be quite stiff.

Add the egg yolks, and whisk only enough to incorporate them into the mix.

Gently fold the cream mixture into the meringue mixture.

Transfer to a suitable container, and freeze overnight!

That's it!!

How easy is that!!

It will be worth it ;)

For the record it cost me approximately the same to make as Coles brand vanilla icecream.  I use free range eggs, so it could be cheaper if you buy cage eggs or have your own chickens!  It made approximately 1.5L.







18 comments:

  1. I also discovered Mary Berry through Rhonda's blog and have been watching her on TV and also her clips on the internet. You can easily get hooked watching those clips they're so good. I watch one and then think 'mmmm just one more' - one more turns out to be quite a few.
    Thankyou so much for sharing this recipe as I was also put off a little as I don't have any special equipment. This looks easy and delicious. Just looking at the colour of your ice cream I can see it is creamy. Yummo.
    Kylie

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    1. She's great isn't she :) I hope you do try it, I am very disappointed by commercial Ice cream these days, and while this isn't a purists ice cream, it's on par with most of the stuff you buy in the supermarket, with out all the nasties!

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  2. Oh, yujm! Ice-cream is just about my favourite thing in the whole universe!!! We regularly make our own here and it's so much better than most of the store bought stuff. So glad you've found a recipe that works for you so you can make your own now too. Meg:)

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    1. I'm still going to try the traditional method one of these days ie a custard base, is that how you make yours?

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    2. Yes, custard base in the Thermomix but you could easily do it on stove top. I like how easy this recipe looks too. Meg:)

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  3. May Berry - what a great lady and capable cook. Her disability does not hold her back either.

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    1. Yes, I've noticed her bad arthritis, she finds ways to hold those heavy pots despite it!

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  4. Isn't she the best. I recently found her through Rhonda's blog as well and enjoy watching her clips. Thank you Cheryl for the ice cream recipe. I'll certainly be trying this one as I don't have an ice cream maker either.
    Blessings Gail.

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  5. Yum! I am going to give this a go when it gets a bit warmer. My husband is always begging me to make ice cream but it always seems too tricky and time consuming. This recipe looks like a winner! Thanks Cheryl

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    1. My husband liked it a lot! It doesn't have to be summer for me to eat ice cream, I can eat it all year round (but I probably shouldn't!)

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  6. Oh. My. Goodness. I've just discovered Mary Berry too, from a snippet I caught on TV last week, (she reminds me so much of a dear friend in her 90's, who passed away last year). She was making a pavlova that looked so easy, so I whipped one up with some egg whites I had left over, not wanting to waste. Last night we ate it all, filled with raspberries and cream!!! This icecream recipe will be amazing, I just know it! Thanks for sharing, going to make some today.

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    1. I'd love to know what you think of it when you try it.

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    2. OK the results are in..... Ridiculously easy, hardly any effort at all, the most stunningly rich and SMOOTH ice cream!! It will be wonderful with some other flavours too, fruit stirred in, coffee, chocolate..but the vanilla is a classic winner. Thanks sooo much for sharing this; it's the one icecream recipe for me from this day forward.

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    3. That's awesome Sally, so glad you tried it and liked it! I thought it was good too, and like you say some fruit/chocolate stirred through would be a real winner!

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  7. OMG - I am so going to try this and stir pureed strawberries through it before setting in the freezer. My Dad used to make ice-cream using tinned reduced cream (?) I think. It was ok, but got a bit 'icy' if left too long before eating. I'll have to start watching Mary Berry. Cheers

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    1. I think it would be wonderful with some fruit stirred through it. I've been meaning to try another ice cream recipe using sweetened condensed milk in it, I bet that's the one your dad used to mak, I will post about it if I do.

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  8. Just catching up with some blog reading Cheryl. I used to make this with my grandchildren when they were young. We all loved it. Grandson liked it best with Milo stirred through it or grated chocolate.
    Cheers, Karen near Gympie.

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