As a relatively new member of the BakingMad.com team and being new to baking, I wanted to try my hand at making something simple but (hopefully) tasty. I chose to make our indulgent vanilla ice cream recipe, just a few steps and a few ingredients, how hard could it be? I don’t have an ice cream maker but I have noticed most ice cream recipes say that they are not necessary, you can just put the mixture in the freezer and stir it often until it freezes.
I began by splitting a vanilla pod and scraping out the seeds to add to the egg yolks. I then heated the milk, milk powder and a couple of teaspoons of sugar in a pan and added the empty vanilla pod. The next stage was to whisk the egg yolks, vanilla seeds and sugar together with an electric whisk, which I hadn’t noticed until I started making it and I didn’t have an electric whisk. It turns out this was quite a fundamental step in making the ice cream. I didn’t whisk the egg yolks and sugar for long or hard enough with my hand whisk so it didn’t mix well with the milk, meaning the custard never thickened and my ice cream remained quite sloppy, despite being left overnight in the freezer.
I was really disappointed and I ended up throwing the mixture away. I didn’t want to let it beat me though and I did still have all of the ingredients to make more so I bought an electric mixer and tried again, this time with much more successful results. The egg and sugar mixture became a lot paler this time and thicker.
Getting it right the second time made the sense of achievement that much greater and more than made up for failing at the first attempt, especially when I had lots of positive feedback about how it tasted! The main thing I have learnt as a novice baker is to always read the recipe to make sure I have everything and to follow the recipe exactly. It sounds simple but an important lesson nonetheless!