This is a custard ice cream base, which is highly versatile. It takes a little while to make, but the results are really worth it. Feel free to add any flavourings that your heart desires.
1/2 cup cocoa powder (add to egg yolks, sugar, and salt in Step 2); or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract; or 1 cup pureed fruit (such as strawberries, bananas, peaches, etc.)
Chocolate: Add 50g unsweetened cocoa powder to the egg yolks, sugar and salt in step 2.
Vanilla: Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Fruit: Add 250g pureed fruit, such as strawberries or bananas.
I made this with pureed raspberries as directed in the footnote. fabulous! it's hard to find raspberry ice cream, and this was a perfect base - 01 Jul 2011
My daughter and I are big fans of lemon ice cream so I added the juice and lemon rind from 2 lemons to this. Perfect! - 30 Jun 2011
Easy and yummy. We made this last week and the base custard is outstanding! Instead of using regular half & half, I used non-fat half & half and added 2 cups of pureed peaches -- yummy peach ice cream! We're up for chocolate this week and I think I use 1 cup of non-fat milk, 2 cups of non-fat half & half as well as 1 cup of heavy cream. BTW, this recipe (8 servings) is 2 batches in the Cusinart ice cream machine. - 21 Jul 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)