Olive oil ice cream

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus cooling, churning and freezing
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes, plus cooling, churning and freezing

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

550ml whole milk
170ml double cream
130g caster sugar
6 egg yolks
¼ tsp flaky sea salt, plus extra to serve
60ml extra virgin olive oil

Method

1. Heat the milk, cream and sugar in a small, heavy-based pan, stirring over a low heat until about to start simmering. Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon. Pour in the hot milk mixture and stir immediately to combine.

2. Give the pan a quick rinse and return the mixture to the pan. Cook over a low heat, stirring continuously, for about 4-5 minutes, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take care not to let the custard boil, or you’ll end up with sweet scrambled eggs. Remove from the heat and sieve into a large jug. Stir in the salt, cover and leave to cool, then chill for at least 3 hours.

3. Churn the custard in an ice-cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions, until thick – about 40 minutes. After 20 minutes, pour in the olive oil in a slow, steady trickle, while the ice cream continues to churn. Once churned, transfer the ice cream to a freezeproof container and freeze for at least 4 hours. (If you don’t have an ice-cream machine, freeze the cooled custard in a shallow container or tray for 2 hours, until it’s half-frozen, then whizz in a food processor until smooth. Return the mixture to the container and freeze. Repeat the process after 1 hour, adding the oil slowly while the food processor is running. Once smooth and well combined, transfer the ice cream to a freezeproof container and freeze.)

4. Remove from the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving, to soften. Serve with a little scattering of sea salt, if liked.