Ice Scream - Raw Milk Rich Vanilla Individual Ice Cream Appetisers. Gluten-free

Recipe Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream Eyeballs
I make a lot of ice cream and particularly in the early Spring when the cows are on the new pasture and all our chickens are laying. However, I love making ice cream all year round and this is one I came up with for Halloween or a party with a horror or bad taste theme.

There is a very silly and highly coloured B Movie, based (very loosely) on Edgar Allen Poe's, The Raven and which stars four of my favourite comedy horror and noir actors; Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Jack Nicholson. One scene shows  a reluctant sorcerer, Vincent Price's character, Dr Craven, searching his defunct father's laboratory for ingredients, the expression on his face when he opens a box to find a whole slew of eyeballs staring back at him is, well,... priceless.

Recipe Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream Eyeballs


I always use whole organic vanilla pods aka beans and for ice cream I have found the best way to get that rich full flavour is to split the bean lengthways and let it infuse into the milk overnight. I can later in the process then wash and dry out the bean and add it to my sugar storage box. However, another and perhaps easier and more economical way to do this is if I add the whole bean (un-split) to a storage box  of sugar in the first place.  This way I can keep adding sugar for as long as the bean still has the aroma of vanilla (quite a time actually!) and always have vanilla sugar ready-infused and handy for all my recipes. I tend to start with this rich vanilla custard base for all my ice cream varieties, as I find it creates an extra depth to complement all the other flavours. 


It is very easy here in France to buy raw organic milk. In fact outside farm gate sale hours, there is even a handy raw milk vending machine in the next town down the coast from us! If you live in a country where you may have to travel a long way to obtain it and thus buy in bulk, this is another handy way to store it.


I don't have an ice cream maker so this is the hand-made method but it is much easier if you have an electric whisk!

A flat edged wooden spatula or spoon and a silicon spatula to remove the last drop of custard from the pan!

I also try to use a minimum of plastic in our lives, so I recently was able to get hold of some glass food storage boxes which are freezer safe. These are particularly useful for ice cream and sorbet making.


For the Ice Cream:

(Makes 2½ litres, around 4 UK pints or 2½ quarts of ice cream)

I always make ice cream in large amounts, one because you can never have too much and I also find it freezes better that way. You can make a lot of eyeballs out of this mix but as I've plenty more ice-cream recipes on the way, this amount of ready-made rich vanilla will come in very handy.

Normandy Cow Raw Rich Milk for  Vanilla Ice Cream Eyeballs

1½ litres (2½ UK pints), (just over 3 US pints) of raw full-cream milk
9 eggs (12 bantam)
255g (9oz) (just over 1 cup) blond cane sugar
250ml (8 fl oz) (1 cup) raw thick cream
A vanilla bean split lengthways (or ready-infused into the sugar above)


For the Ice Cream

Place the vanilla bean in the milk in a heavy bottomed pan and heat to below boiling point, just when you start to see water vapour rising off the milk. Remove from heat and leave to stand - I tend to leave it overnight but that is not necessary.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until they have a creamy, frothy consistency.

Re-heat the milk to below boiling.

Add the milk to the egg and sugar mixture and whisk well.

making organic gluten-free ice cream
Use the same pan you had the milk in (no need to wash it!) to slowly heat the mixture. Some people are scared of making egg custard this way, they are worried they will end up with 'scrambled egg' but if it bothers you then you can use a bain marie. If you are unaware of this method, just place your pan in another wider pan ( a frying pan, for example) containing a couple of centimetres (an inch) of warm water, so that your custard mixture is not in direct contact with the heat but sits inside the pan of heated water. Personally, I think if you have your custard on a gentle heat and are constantly stirring, you will be fine. At this point you need to put a good film on your computer, as it will take around 20 minutes constantly stirring the mix before the custard is ready. You will know when because it will start to coat the back of the spatula - as in the picture above.

Leave your custard to cool.

When cool add the cream and whisk thoroughly.

Pour the completed ice-cream custard into your freezer box, using the silicone spatula to get every last precious bit.

Put the box into the freezer. I have a really simple freezer, so my ice-cream is left overnight to get to the part-set stage.

When the ice-cream is part set, you need to break up the ice crystals to form a smooth creamy texture.

Recipe Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream Process
Tip the contents of the box into a large bowl and using an electric whisk make a smooth paste.

Return the ice cream into the box and put back in the freezer. Leave to set again.

I usually get the ice cream out once more, when it is part set and repeat the process.

Once the ice cream is fully set you will be ready to go on to the next stage.


For the Eyes:

I chose very simple organic ingredients, two sorts of chocolate; milk and plain, cocoa, to make the flecks in the irises, powdered sugar to add a glint to the pupil. I built up the eye onto a chocolate 'button' which gave me the round shape, I can buy these from the jar in my local organic store, so just got the amount I needed.

I actually made the icing sugar from the same cane sugar I had used in the custard. I just needed to put it through a coffee grinder. Organic sugar isn't white so it doesn't have the same look as non-organic icing sugar but that didn't bother me!


For the Eyes:

So that everything was ready for me to make the eyes, I slowly melted my two chocolates in glass pitchers/jugs,standing in hot water.

I just used the tip of the knife to roughly outline the iris of the eye in milk chocolate.

Then I sieved coco onto the eyes to add coloured flecks to the iris.

Recipe Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream Eyeballs Elements
Using a spoon I could then drop the dark chocolate pupil into the eye.

I added the icing sugar 'glint' with the end of a crab fork.


For the Raspberry sauce:

2 heaped dessert spoons raspberries
1- 2 dessert spoons of blonde cane sugar


For the Raspberry sauce and finishing the dish:

I cooked this quickly in a small pan on the top of the stove until it began to thicken to a syrup, I kept stirring it with a wooden spatula, as it is such a small amount and I didn't want it to burn.

I placed the spoons and the dish in the freezer first.

When the sauce was cool I smeared it all over the bottom of my plate and then began to form the eye balls.

Recipe for Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream Eyeballs

I only have a rudimentary ice cream scoop so I made two halves of the eye balls and then moulded them together. Between making each one, I rinsed my hands in cold water, to add to the cooling effect. If you can get hold of a fancy ice cream scoop then you will get a complete eye ball in one go!

 Organic Gluten-free Rich Vanilla Ice Cream Eyeballs Recipe

The 'blood' smeared on a chilled plate also stopped the ice cream from melting. We also added more sauce over the top of the eye balls to make it even gorier!


All that needs to be said now is Bon AppÄ—tit!

Hope to see you here again for another recipe from my 100 Gluten-Free Organic Party Foods Challenge!

All the best,




©  Sue Cross 2017 

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