Gizzi Erskine's vanilla and raspberry ice cream

(9 ratings)
Gizzi Erskine's vanilla and raspberry ice cream
Gizzi Erskine's vanilla and raspberry ice cream
  • Serves: 4

  • Prep time:

    (not including refrigerating time)
  • Total time:

    (includes minimum freezing time)
  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

You can still have ice cream if you're on a diet with Cook Yourself Thin chef, Gizzi Erskine's low-calorie vanilla and raspberry frozen dessert with amaretti biscuits, from episode 2 of the new series


  • 85g golden granulated sugar or caster
  • 1½tsp custard powder
  • 1½tsp cornflour
  • 500ml full-fat milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half lengthways
  • 100ml half-fat crème fraiche
  • 100ml 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 100g amaretti biscuits
  • 100g raspberries

Preparation: Freeze the canister from the ice-cream machine a day before you make the ice cream if your machine requires you to.


  1. Mix the sugar, custard powder and cornflour with 2tbsp milk to make a thin paste. Beat in egg yolks. Pour the rest of the milk into a pan, scrape in the vanilla seeds, add the pod, then bring to the boil. Pour this mixture slowly over the cornflour mix, stirring all the time as you do so. Clean the pan, then pour the milk mixture and vanilla pod back into it.
  2. Cook over a medium heat, stirring all the time, until it just comes to the boil and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the crème fraîche, then pour into a bowl.
  4. Place a piece of greaseproof paper over the surface to prevent a skin forming, then leave to cool.
  5. Put into the fridge until really cold for at least 4-5hrs (preferably overnight).
  6. Remove the paper and vanilla pod from the custard, then transfer the custard into a jug. Turn on the ice cream machine, then slowly pour in the custard.
  7. Leave to churn for 10-30 mins (depending on your machine). When it stops, spoon into a plastic container, cover with cling film and a lid, then freeze for at least 3-4 hrs. Will keep for up to 1 month. Do not re-freeze.
  8. For the best taste, remove from the freezer and soften in the fridge for 1-1½ hrs before serving.
Cook Yourself Thin, C4, starting 7th June 2010

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 167(kcal)
  • Fat 6.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Would av been helpful to kno what size ice cream machine was used for this recipe. My machine makes 1.5 litres and it was a bit much for it Also in the method there was no mention of when to add yogurt or fruit n biscuits. Sorry I'm new to my ice cream maker so all tips helpful. Having said all that it was delicious. Rock solid after it came out of freezer though !

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