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Donkey Milk Ice Cream & Homemade Cream Cones

Homegrown Tastes South Africa S2 Episode 9: Donkey Milk Ice Cream & Homemade Cream Cones

Serves 4

Donkey Milk Ice Cream & Homemade Cream Cones


For Donkey Milk Ice Cream:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 90g castor sugar
  • 100ml cream
  • 350ml donkey milk
  • 7,5 ml vanilla paste

For Cones:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
  • 120g cake flour
  • Baking paper
  • Spray & cook

Serve with:

  • Melted chocolate
  • Candied nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Glace cherries


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks and castor sugar with a whisk
  2. Combine the fresh cream & vanilla in a pot and warm. Remove from the heat before it comes to a simmer or boil. Do not boil the mixture.
  3. Temper the egg mixture with the warm milk and cream mixture. Slowly pour some of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture and combine with a whisk then pour this mixture into the remaining warm milk mixture.
  4. Cool the ice cream base before churning it.
  5. For the cones, place egg whites & sugar in a bowl and whip until soft peaks form then add the flour and salt, combine. Add the milk, vanilla & butter until fully incorporated and batter is smooth.
  6. Arrange a baking tray with baking paper & spray and cook. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  7. Pour 1½ tablespoons batter onto the baking tray spread into a thin even layer. Move it around fast to get a nice round shape. Spread it out roughly 6 inches x 6 inches. Bake for 8-10 minutes remove from the oven.8. Lift the disc off the griddle, as fast as you can, carefully roll from the bottom of the cone to shape it. Pull out the shape at the top to make it a wider cone.


  • In cooking, tempering refers to techniques used to stabilize ingredients by carefully heating and cooling them. For example, tempering eggs means that you are combining room-temperature eggs with hot liquid in a controlled manner to create a stable base for recipes like ice cream.
  • Cleopatra is said to have maintained her soft, smooth skin with donkey milk baths.
  • In Italy, where it’s especially popular, donkey milk is used in some infant formulas and as a medical food
  • Nutritionally, donkey milk is very similar to human breast and cow’s milk. It provides vitamins and minerals along with protein. It’s lower in fat, and thus calories, and has more vitamin D than other milks.