Home-made ice cream recipe

There’s a huge amount of mystique associated with making ice-cream, not to mention downright mystification and, I must confess, I was as much a victim of it as anyone else. I thought it was impossible for anyone to make real ice cream unless they were born under the shadow of Mount Etna.

All the same, I decided to give it a shot even though I have no ice-cream maker. The odds were against anyone in 17th-century Sicily having an electric ice-cream machine either and they somehow managed to turn out a passable frozen delight, so I thought it was worth taking a chance.

I do have a fridge, which is always an advantage in making ice-cream, unless you have access to a 20,000-ton iceberg towed south from the Arctic circle, as they used to do in centuries gone by, and anyway we’ll soon have melted all the ice in the Arctic, rendering the question completely abstract.

But anyway, despite my ignorance of ice-cream making, I plunged in, ignoring the advice of Polonius to Hamlet:

As the monkey knoweth not his father, so the fool knoweth not his own folly.

All right. I made that bit up.

I tried a few different ways of doing it before settling on this, but I’m a complete beginner, and there’s every chance you know of much better techniques, so please tell me if you do.

A warning. This recipe uses raw eggs. Do not make ice cream this way if you’re giving it to an ill person or somebody of a great age because there’s always a danger of salmonella. If you’re concerned, use a little custard instead.

Here’s what you need.

Some whipping cream.

A couple of eggs.

Icing sugar.

Colouring and flavouring of choice. For this recipe, I just used vanilla extract, but you could use anything you like, from cardamoms to lemon juice, with or without alcohol. I understand that booze makes the ice-cream a little softer out of the freezer but I can’t say for certain since I haven’t tried it yet.

It’s remarkably easy to do.

First, separate the yolks and the egg whites.

Home-made ice cream


Whip the egg whites using a hand whisk. I’ve found that this works much better than mechanical devices like stick blenders, though I don’t know why. Perhaps they’re a little too violent, but anyway, the resulting foam is much lighter. If the yolk breaks, discard the whole lot because the egg white won’t whisk properly if it has any yolk in it.


Home-made ice cream


Whisk in some icing sugar to taste, along with whatever colouring and flavouring you choose. I just used vanilla for this example because it’s all new to me.

Beat the egg yolks and fold them into the whipped egg whites.

Whip the cream, also using a hand whisk. You can of course use an electric mixer, but the whisk seems to make the results much lighter which is a good thing in an ice cream.

Home-made ice cream

Then fold in the egg mixture.

Home-made ice cream

Home-made ice cream


Pop it into glasses, tubs or whatever you prefer.

Freeze it.

Serve it to your family and friends.

Accept compliments with good grace.

Feel good about yourself.

Home-made ice cream

8 replies on “Home-made ice cream recipe”

I tried it. Everyone has the skuts. I accepted the kick up the arse with good grace.

Just messin’ Sounds easy enough.. Might give it a lash.

Speaking of cardamom.. I made the most delicious Indian tea with green cardamom seeds recently. Bring some milk, a few green cardamom seeds and some loose tea in a saucepan to a simmer for a while, for about 5 to 10 mins.. there or thereabouts. Strain and serve. It’s very nice.

Put on some Indian music, wear a turban and meditate.. feel good as you sip your on your homemade refreshment.

Artemis, apart from ice cream, Indian tea and turbaned meditation – what is skuts?

I dictionaried and googled and nothing made sense. It drives me insane not to know the meaning of a word.
Please release me from my torture!

By the way, if youtube recipes aren’t the thing, that woman has a webpage for it as well:

I like her simplified approach to baking recipes, too.

Great post Bock, and very timely. I made a dessert last week involving caramelised apples, and it required ice-cream – I had to head for Tescos. For a mighty accompaniment to your ice cream, google the Haity Bikers’ recipe called ‘bananas foster’. Great stuff.

No wonder we didn’t perform against Italy…maybe you jinxed the match by making easy gelatto…of course it also didn’t help as I made cheat pizza using the readymade rolled up pizza bases on pizza stone all from Lidl/Aldi….. specifically for the same match.

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