Mascarpone makes a very rich ice-cream, with a thicker texture than a traditional vanilla ice-cream. This ice-cream makes an excellent accompaniment to fruit based desserts, such as poached fruits, fruit compotes, pies and fritters.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 litre
6 egg yolk
250g caster sugar
2 vanilla pods
Custard: Place the milk in a sauce pan. Cut through the centre of the vanilla pods and spoon the seeds into the milk and place the pods in the milk. Place the milk over a low heat and slowly bring it to a strong simmer then remove it from the heat. Remove the pods from the milk.
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl until pale yellow and creamy. While whisking gradually add all the hot milk.
Return the mixture to a saucepan and place it over a low heat, cook gently while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Be careful not to overheat the milk as you will end up with scrambled eggs. Remove it from the heat and leave it to cool.
Ice-Cream: When the custard has cooled whisk in the mascarpone until well combined. Place the mixture in an ice-machine and churn it until thickened, then place in a freezer proof container and freeze until ready to serve. If you don't have an ice-cream machine place it in a freezer proof sealed container and place it in the freezer for 1 hour then remove it and stir, then return to the freezer and take it out and stir it every 30 minutes for a further 2 hours. Freeze until ready to serve.