Mara des Bois Strawberries; Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream

Ollie Dabbous

Ollie Dabbous

9th May 2016

Mara des Bois Strawberries; Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream

Mara des Bois Strawberries; Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream recipe


  • Tahitian vanilla ice cream
  • 1 litre milk
  • 300ml whipping cream
  • 100g dextrose
  • 30g milk powder
  • 4g ice-cream stabiliser
  • 1g xanthan gum
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g liquid glucose
  • 1 Tahitian vanilla pod, slit open
  • lengthwise, seeds scraped out
  • Strawberry juice
  • 500g strawberries
  • 250ml water
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 lemongrass stick, bruised and
  • chopped
  • ½ vanilla pod, slit open lengthwise
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • To assemble
  • 32 Mara des Bois strawberries, cut
  • in half, plus 8 small strawberries,
  • stem on, to decorate
  • icing sugar
  • lemon juice
  • 24 basil leaves


Tahitian vanilla ice cream
1. Put the milk and cream in a pan
and heat to 84°C. 2. Add all the
powders, plus the sugar and glucose,
and combine with a hand blender
to dissolve. 3. Add the vanilla pod
and seeds, remove from the heat and
transfer to a container. 4. Cover with
cling film and leave to cool. 5. Leave
to mature in the fridge overnight.
6. The next day, remove the vanilla
pod and blend the mixture with
a hand blender to emulsify. 7. Pass
through a fine sieve. 8. Churn
in an ice-cream machine, then
transfer to a chilled container and
store in the freezer.
Strawberry juice
1. Purée the strawberries in a
blender until smooth. 2. Pass the
purée through a fine sieve. 3. Bring
the water and sugar to the boil,
then remove from the heat and add
the lemongrass and vanilla. 4. Cover
with a lid and leave to cool. 5. Add
the strawberry purée and lemon juice
and chill overnight. 6. Pass through
a fine sieve and store on ice for
30 minutes before serving.
To assemble
1. Remove the ice cream from the
freezer and beat it to soften it a little.
2. Season the strawberries with icing
sugar and lemon juice, then leave
for 2 minutes to macerate. 3. Divide
between 8 glass dishes, top with the
basil leaves and spoon over a little
of the strawberry juice. 4. Place
the ice cream in a piping bag with a
star-shaped nozzle and pipe on top.
5. Top with the strawberries
with stems on. 6. Serve with a jug
of strawberry juice alongside.

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