Speckled vanilla ice cream recipe

No need to scream for ice cream with this super simple child's recipe

Serves 6

Takes 25-30 minutes to prepare, 25-30 to churn


  • 4 eggs (yolks only)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 300ml milk
  • ½ vanilla pod
  • 300ml double cream

Cooking utensils

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Balloon whisk
  • Measuring jug and saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Teaspoon and tablespoon
  • Spatula
  • Ice cream machine and spatula or freezer-proof container and fork


How to make speckled vanilla ice cream

Big chef: Carefully separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, then put the yolks into a mixing bowl. (You can use the egg whites to make meringues.)

Little chef: Add the sugar to the yolks and whisk them together until they leave a trail when you lift the whisk out.

Big chef: Heat the milk in a saucepan until it begins to bubble, but do not let it boil.

Big chef: Pour the hot milk over the egg yolks and sugar, whisk together and pour back into the pan. Stir with a wooden spoon until the custard thickens.

Little chef: Split the vanilla pod open and use the back of the teaspoon to remove the seeds. Pour the cream into a bowl and add the vanilla seeds, stir well with a tablespoon and carefully pour the custard into the cream. Mix well together.

Big chef: Pour into the ice cream machine and churn until frozen, or follow the instructions below.

Big chef: If you don't have an ice cream machine, put the ice-cream into a wide, freezer-proof container, cover and place it in the coldest part of the freezer. After 45 minutes, the sides will have frozen but the middle will still be soft. Mix the ice cream with a fork and then beat well until it is an even thickness throughout. Put the container back in the freezer for another 45 minutes and mix again. Do this once more (putting the container in the freezer for 45 minutes, taking out and mixing), then return the ice cream to the freezer until frozen.

Always have a grown up in the kitchen when you cook

© Fiona Bird 2009
Recipe reproduced from 'Kids' Kitchen' by kind permission of Barefoot Books Ltd
To order 'Kids' Kitchen' visit www.barefootbooks.co.uk

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