Friday, September 9, 2011

Make Your Own Week day five: Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

Breakfast: Vegan crepes

Lunch: Sweet potato soup with crusty bread and dips

Dinner: Simon Sushi followed by not eating the amazing looking basic vanilla ice cream

I know the first thing that's going to cross your mind when you read this: don't you need an ice cream maker? No, you do not. Much like bread and pasta, you can make ice cream without the incredibly expensive piece of equipment that you've been convinced you need. And much like making bread (ok, pasta was a bit more of a hassle), it's beautifully easy!

We're starting off with basic vanilla ice cream...because that's the way it should be.

You'll need:
(Makes a tubful)
600ml whipping cream / thickened cream
300ml condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Put the metal bowl, whisk and the cream in the freezer for an hour before you start - this will help the cream to stiffen without you killing your arm
Take them out, then whip the cream until it forms peaks
Stir in the vanilla and the condensed milk
Pour into a container and freeze for at least 12 hours

From this point, it's very simple to make your own flavours; you just stir in the flavour before you freeze. My favourites are almond and matcha, so watch out for those recipes in the next few weeks.

Those of you who know me will know I'm currently having a vegan week in solidarity with Putin, so I just want to reassure you that I did not actually eat that ice cream. And do you know how difficult it was, taking those photos and NOT licking my finger after wiping round the side of the glass? Torture, my friends. Pure torture.

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