How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream


School’s out, sun’s shining and and we’re ready for all the icy treats — especially ice cream. Whether you love a traditional scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, a spicy cinnamon cone or a deliciously herbaceous matcha sundae, rich ice cream is just what you need to celebrate the start of summer.

An ice cream maker can make churning your own frozen desserts a breeze, but if you don’t want to splurge on one (or you can’t spare the cupboard space!) you don’t need to. You can make uber-delicious, no-churn ice cream at home with little (or no) equipment. Here’s how.

Blackcurrant Ice Cream

No-Churn Ice Cream, Three Ways

Rich, creamy ice cream is just a few steps away. Try one of these no churn-methods to make ice cream in as little as 10 minutes.

The Bag Method

This simple method creates delicious ice cream in just 10 minutes and, best of all, doesn’t require any kitchen equipment. To get started, pour your cooled, prepared ice cream base (a mix of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and your favorite extract) into a freezer bag. Place that bag into a larger freezer bag, pour in ice and rock salt and seal. Shake the bag for 10 minutes (you might want to recruit your kids for this step) and voilà — rich, creamy perfection!

The Blender Method

If you’ve got a high-powered blender or a food processor, rich ice cream – including this delicious key lime version – is a press of a button away. Mix your ice cream base and pour into a freezer bag. Break the frozen base into large chunks, add to your blender and blend until smooth, using the tamper as needed.

Berry mousse in a blender

The Mixer Method

If you’ve got a hand mixer, you can make delicious ice cream. Simply use the hand mixer to whip the heavy cream, then mix in the rest of your base ingredients, pour the mixture into a container and freeze. You could also use a whisk for this method, just prepare for a bit of an arm workout.

Homemade no churn peanut butter cup ice cream

Create the Perfect Base

A standard no-churn ice cream base uses a mixture of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract — but you’ve got plenty of options to mix it up. The easiest way is to switch out the extract. Transform standard vanilla ice cream into a citrusy “key lime pie” ice cream by mixing in Pure Lime Extract, add a little latte flavor with Pure Coffee Extract, or make coconut ice cream using Pure Coconut extracts.

Your favorite spices also make for delicious ice cream. Sprinkle in a generous dash of ground cinnamon to your ice cream base for a subtly spiced dessert, or try adding ground ginger for a pleasant zing. Spice mixes — like pumpkin pie spice or gingerbread spice — add balanced and complex flavor, and make it easy to transform your no-churn ice cream from a summer treat into a fall indulgence.

Ice cream made with mixed yogurt and blueberries

If you’re craving more summer flavor, experiment with adding real fruit to your ice cream base. Simply adding chunks of fruit to the base will yield an unpleasantly hard and icy dessert, so cook the fruit down with sugar until it forms a chunky sauce, then mix the (cooled) sauce into your base. Make classic strawberry ice cream, or try using peaches or nectarines for a scrumptious stone fruit version. If you’re using fruits with large seeds (like raspberries and blackberries) strain the fruit before you add it to the ice cream base for a smoother texture.

Want dairy-free or vegan ice cream? Use full-fat coconut milk (including coconut cream) as a source of fat instead of heavy cream and condensed milk to make coconut ice cream. You’ll need to add sugar to the recipe to make up for the sweetener in the milk, so add maple syrup, honey or your other favorite sweetener for delicious ice cream.


Bring On The Toppings!

Ice cream is delicious on its own, but flavorful toppings can take it to the next level. Make vanilla ice cream instantly more decadent by adding cinnamon pecan pie topping, or dress up cinnamon or almond ice cream with a drizzle of easy butter toffee sauce.

Make the most of grilling season by adding flavorful spiced fruit to your favorite ice cream, too. A sweet, gingery grilled peach melba pairs perfectly with vanilla ice cream, while chunks of grilled pineapple or mango taste great with coconut or rum ice creams. You can also add pleasant texture by topping your ice cream with nuts, like these satisfying pumpkin pie spiced pecans.

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