• Vanilla bean ice cream (SB SFood)Source: SB SFood

This is the most luxurious and deeply satisfying ice-cream. 

1 litre





Skill level

Average: 3.2 (378 votes)


  • 375 ml cream
  • 375 ml milk
  • 2 vanilla pods, seeds scraped
  • 150 g (⅔  cup) white sugar
  • 8 egg yolks


Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Chilling time 2 hours

Freezing time 4½ hours

Combine the cream, milk, vanilla seeds and scraped pods in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar and egg yolks in a bowl and beat with electric beaters until pale and thick. Remove the beaters and gradually pour in the hot cream mixture, stirring until combined.

Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Strain the custard through a fine sieve into a bowl set over ice. Make sure you scrape all the vanilla seeds from the bottom of the sieve back into the custard. Leave the mixture to cool on the ice for a while, then chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Transfer to an ice-cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, you can freeze the bowl of mixture for 1 ½ hours. Remove from the freezer and stir well with a fork or beat with electric beaters, then return to the freezer. Repeat this every hour for another 3 hours or so (the more times you mix the ice-cream, the smoother and lighter the results). After the last mix, transfer the ice-cream to a container with a lid.