The Cookbook Challenge: Week 8 Sweet Recipe No. 2 – Homemade French vanilla ice cream

by April@MyFoodTrail on January 11, 2010

in Cookbook Challenge 2010, Frozen Desserts, Recipes

Theme: Sweet
Cookbook: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book by Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield

I got an ice cream maker for Christmas so I have been on the hunt for some recipes to try, starting with a plain vanilla ice cream. I figure if I can find a base vanilla ice cream I like, it should be easy to add fruit or chocolate or other various things to flavour the ice cream. There a quite a number of different recipes and methods for a basic vanilla ice cream, some calling for cooking a custard, others using raw egg yolks, some using whole eggs, others no eggs.

Cuisinart 2L Frozen Yoghurt, Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker

Vanilla ice cream is something I always have in my freezer, but now that I have my own ice cream maker, I no longer buy ice cream from the supermarket. Because homemade ice cream has no preservatives, it only lasts for about a week so having homemade ice cream in the freezer all the time is no longer practical.

When I made my cream cheese brownies for this week’s challenge, I was hankering to have it with some ice cream so I decided to make my own.

The first vanilla icecream recipe I made was using evaporated milk, condensed milk and vanilla. It tasted like condensed milk and became very icy when frozen solid so while it was a simple recipe, I wouldn’t make it again.

I’m a bit hesitant to make icecream with raw eggs so I was looking for a recipe that required cooking the eggs. A lot of the recipes that call for cooked eggs, use just egg yolks and I didn’t want to be left with a whole lot of egg whites (still not willing to conquer the macaron!). Then I came across a Ben & Jerry’s recipe that used 2 whole eggs and I read that it was also possible to heat up the mixture to cook the eggs – recipe found!


Homemade French vanilla ice cream
Adapted from Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
Makes just under 1 litre

Homemade French vanilla ice cream served with cream cheese brownies

2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar (normal white or caster)
2 cups (500ml) thickened cream
1 cup (250ml) milk
2 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)

1. Whisk the eggs together with the sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes.

Whisked eggs & sugar

2. Pour in the cream, milk and vanilla extract and keep whisking until smooth, another 2 minutes.

Mixture ready for the saucepan

3. Heat the mixture in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring constantly until it almost comes to a boil. Make sure you don’t let it boil.

Completed mixture waiting to cool

4. Set aside until it is cool enough to put in the fridge. Leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

5. Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Ice maker churning, before & after

The ice cream out of the ice cream maker, ready for the freezer

To make cookies & cream ice cream, add 1 x 150g packet of Oreos, crushed, to the ice cream just before it is ready.

Results: Homemade ice cream tastes different from the ice cream you get from the shops. This ice cream tasted quite custardy, not in a bad way, just something I’m not used to in ice cream. I used this recipe to make an Oreo ice cream and that tasted fantastic! The oreos definitely masked any custard flavour. After two days, the ice cream didn’t freeze too solid and wasn’t icy.

Would I make it again? This is my current top vanilla base ice cream. I probably wouldn’t make it again plain, but it tastes great with other flavours added.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Yours truly January 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

That's awesome….I want an icecream maker now….but I can't. I just remembered I am going on a diet from tomorrow! Need to be creative with my recipes now!


Iron Chef Shellie January 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Oh lucky you getting an ice-cream maker!
Love the look of both your sweet recipes… making me hungry!


Esz January 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Such a great present. 😀 There's lots of great recipes out there. You should try the one NQN posted recently with the spiced pumpkin! Interesting 😀


Agnes January 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Yum, it looks awesome. I'm still resisting the lure of an ice cream maker – I don't need another gadget in the house – but I am sorely tempted!


What's For Tea? January 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

You lucky thing! How delicious and perfect timing for this mad weather.


mademoiselle délicieuse January 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I've been looking for an ice-cream maker for a while so that I can try out flavour combinations =) AND leftover eggwhites can be so, so many things – meringue nests, pavolva, friands and, of course, macarons! =p


yummy recipes January 12, 2010 at 6:03 am

yuuuuuummmmmm That's very delicious..I wish all the gifts would be that useful:)


Catherine January 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

I've never made homemade ice cream before, but yours looks incredibly delicious!


OohLookBel January 12, 2010 at 11:38 am

How good does your ice cream look? Wonderful! Apart from tasting good because you made it yourself, it's great that you can add other flavours in, too.


Rilsta January 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

Hi Yours Truly: Hehe, an icecream maker isn't very diet friendly, though you could make sorbets and frozen yogurt with it!

Hi Shellie: Thanks love!

Hi Esz: I know! I will have to go hunting!

Hi Agnes: I put off getting one and then thought, why not?! You can get the KitchenAid icecream which helps saves room but it costs more than a stand alone one.

Hi What's for Tea: It definitely comes in handy for this hot weather!

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: This Cuisinart one works really well so I would recommend it.

Hi yummy recipes: It is a very useful gift!

Hi Catherine: It's not that difficult to prepare the mixture and then all you need to do is put it in the ice cream maker to churn and then freeze it.


Rilsta January 12, 2010 at 11:42 am

Hi Belle: Thanks! It's must healthier making it yourself because you know what goes into it and there is none of the artifical additives or preservatives!


Conor @ HoldtheBeef January 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Looks nice and creamy. I'll be starting my own hunt for the perfect base ice cream recipe too… I wonder if we shall arrive at a similar one??


Maria@TheGourmetChallenge January 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I've been meaning to get an ice cream maker for years. This looks like a good one and the ice cream looks so creamy!


imasugarjunkie January 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I am very jealous of that ice cream maker! great looking ice cream. In America they have frozen custard and while the taste is quite different, I really like the creaminess of it.


penny aka jeroxie January 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Reminds me to dust off my ice cream maker soon. I love french vanilla ice cream with loads of chocolate on it!


Mrs Multitasker January 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Yum this looks so good! Do you know if the ice cream can be made without an ice cream maker?


Betty @ The Hungry Girl January 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

Ooh that is one sexy ice cream maker! I love the sound of the oreo added to the vanilla – how awesome! Perfect for this current heat as well!


Adrian @ Food Rehab January 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

aaaahhh nice score! A food bloggers dream for the summer months. Man, you can get real creative with the flavours. Right now…I'm thinkin Maple and pecan nut. mmmmm!!!


Rilsta January 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

Hi Conor: Ooh, let me know if you come up with a good one!

Hi Maria: Homemade icecream is more expensive than what you can buy at the shops, but at least you can make your own flavours and know what goes into it!

Hi imasugarjunkie: I wonder if the icecream recipes that call for a cooked custard taste like the frozen custard in America! Will have to try it when I make it to America.

Hi Penny: Yum, will be adding chocolate next!

Hi Mrs Multitasker: I think most recipes can be made without an ice cream maker. The usual step is to put the liquid in the freezer for a few hours, then stir or beat it, then refreeze, then stir or beat it, until it starts to get creamy. If you try it, let me know how you go!

Hi Betty: I know! Nothing beats nice cold ice cream on a hot day!

Hi Adrian: It couldn't have come at a better time! Yum, that flavour sounds divine – will have to keep it in mind!


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