A simple Vanilla gelato
A simple Vanilla gelato

Today I found another exciting challenge online, this time it was all about ice cream, on an excellent blog entitled Kavey Eats.  It must have been fate as it was a scorcher of a day here in sunny Scotland (yes I know that’s hard to believe) so ice cream was just what we needed.

The theme of the March challenge was to recreate a favourite childhood ice cream experience or flavour.

I thought back to my childhood ice cream eating days and remembered that I had an obsession with white ice cream, not just vanilla, this ice cream had to be brilliant white, I wouldn’t eat the yellow Cornish types and I wouldn’t even look at strawberry or chocolate ices.  I’m certain I must have driven my mother mad.

I have been making ice cream for years now, will try just about any variety and since the arrival of my cherished Gaggia ice cream maker, I have been virtually unstoppable, experimenting with all sorts of flavours.  I’ve since learnt that egg yolks give it a yellowish tinge and that the ice cream I loved all those years ago was almost certainly an Italian gelato.  To recreate my childhood favourite I used raw milk from my goats, powdered milk, a minimum amount of sugar and Vanilla extract rather than a pod, as I would never have tolerated black seeds ruining my perfect white ice.

I was delighted with the finished ice cream, it turned out well and tasted just as I remembered and bought back lovely memories from days gone by.  It must have been good, we scoffed the lot in one sitting!

Vanilla gelato
Recipe Type: Ice Cream
Cuisine: Pudding
Author: Sharon Wells
Prep time: 45 mins
Total time: 45 mins
A light, summery and refreshing ice cream
  • 400ml raw goat’s milk
  • 4tbls dried milk powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Pour the milk into a bowl, add the milk powder, sugar, Vanilla extract and salt.
  2. Give it a good stir and leave to stand for around 15 minutes.
  3. Stir again to ensure that everything is dissolved in the milk.
  4. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and put on for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve slightly soft and melting.