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To actually make Vanilla Ice Cream or any flavor of ice cream is quite easy and straight forward. Actually one of the challenges is how to make an ice cream without an ice cream maker. On this article we are going to look at how you can successfully make some Vanilla Ice Cream from the comfort of your home.

The ingredients needed

To make for five big scoops of vanilla ice cream, you will need the following:

     1. You need about 500mls fresh milk (it should be evaporated milk)

     2. You need about 250mls whipping cream.

     3. You need 6 egg yolks

     4. You need about 60g sugar

     5. You need about two tablespoons of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod
You can get all these ingredients in a big department store like Shoprite here in Nigeria.

To decorate the ice cream you will need;

-         Fruits

-         Caramel

-         Honey

The utensil and equipment’s needed

     1. You will need a freezer

     2. You need a pot

     3. You need Ice cream spoon (although this one is optional)

     4. You need a spatula.

     5. You also need 2 bowls

What you need to do before you make the Vanilla Ice Cream

     1. You need to make a large quantity of ice cubes. This is actually what will be used in cooling down the ice cream mixture in Step 8 below.

     2. If you are using a vanilla pod you need to cut it open by slicing along it to expose the seeds.

     3. You need to break the eggs and then separate the yolk from the egg whites. The egg yolks are only what you need for the ice cream.

The directions on how to make Vanilla Ice Cream

     1. Start by pouring the fresh milk and the whipping cream into a sizeable pot.

     2. Then add the vanilla extract. If it is vanilla pod you are using add everything (the seeds and fibre) to the milk and the whipping cream in the pot.

     3. Then start cooking on medium heat.

     4. As you are waiting for that to boil, whisk the egg yolks very well. Then add the sugar and mix very well.

     5. As soon as the contents of the pot start to boil, you can reduce the heat to a very low level. If you actually added the vanilla pods, you have to remove the fibre from the milk at this time.

     6. As soon as you see that the milk is no longer foaming so much (due to the reduced heat), you can slowly add the egg yolks to the milk, the whipping cream and the vanilla mixture. You have to stir till it is well incorporated.

      7. After that increase the heat to medium and stir continuously till you notice the solution thickening. This should take about ten minutes.

     8. Place the ice cubes into the big bowl and then add some water to them. Pour the ice cream mixture into the smaller bowl and place this bowl into the ice water bath. Make sure you stir the ice cream mixture continuously (with a spatula) till it cools down completely.

     9. Then place the bowl containing the ice cream mixture in the freezer. After about 30 minutes, bring it out, stir very well with a spatula and place it back for another half an hour. Then bring it out and stir again. You need to repeat the process till a creamy solid is formed. It is very important to stir very often because this will prevent the ice from forming in the ice cream. Depending on your freezer, this process takes between three and five hours.

     10. Once you are happy with the texture of the ice cream, serve and decorate with honey, caramel and/or fruits.

     11. If you actually have any left overs, just put them in a container, cover it and place it in your freezer till whenever. Anytime you take it out of the freezer, it may appear rock solid unlike the ice cream you purchased in the shops. All you have to do is to leave it on your kitchen counter for about five to seven minutes or until it softens to ice cream texture before serving it.

These are all you need to know about making Vanilla Ice Cream in Nigeria.

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