It’s ice cream month, and to mark the occasion why not try this utterly delicious vanilla pod ice cream from Bettys. It’s a classic, and a perfect recipe to have in your repertoire.

Makes a 1-liter mix of Vanilla Pod Ice Cream.


1 vanilla pod
2 free-range eggs
185g caster sugar
500ml double cream
250ml whole milk


  • Split your vanilla pod in half and scrape the seeds out.
  • Add the pod to a thick-bottomed pan, add the milk and cream and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Whisk the eggs, sugar, and vanilla seeds together, then pour the hot cream mixture on top, whisking continuously.
  • Allow to cool, then place covered in the fridge and allow to stand for 24 hours.
  • Remove the vanilla pod then pour into an ice cream machine and churn for 45 minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Transfer to a freezer-proof plastic tub and cover. This mix will keep for up to a month in the freezer.