The French love their chestnuts so churn a sweetened chestnut vanilla ice cream to chill over the festive season - or any time of year
100g (3.5oz)caster sugar
2(7oz)small 100g tins of sweetened chestnut purée
400ml (14 floz)whole milk
200ml (7 floz)whipping cream
pinchof caramel powdered colouringoptional
a handful of broken marrons glacésor whole ones if you're feeling posh
Cream together the egg yolks, sugar and sweetened chestnut vanilla purée in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Heat the milk and cream in a heavy-based pan with the vanilla pod, cut in two lengthways. Add the powdered colouring, if using. Bring to the boil, and turn off the heat for the vanilla to infuse in the creamy milk for 5-10 minutes. Scrape out the seeds from the pod and add to the cream.
Pour the creamy milk onto the egg mixture whisking continuously. Return the mixture to the pan on a medium heat, whisking constantly until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove the vanilla pod and set the mixture aside to cool.
Once cool, place in the fridge for 1-2 hours before pouring into an ice cream maker to churn. Then follow ice cream maker's manufacturer's instructions. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.