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Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream

You never need a reason to eat ice cream, but this heat wave has got us wanting to eat more of it than ever before. And – as luck would have it – July is ice cream month (yes, that’s a thing), so let’s take a look at some great homemade recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth and stop you spending all your spare change on magnums from the corner shop.

Vanilla ice cream

Let’s start with a classic – vanilla. Delicious on its own, but also makes a great accompaniment to almost every dessert going. This recipe uses only five ingredients and doesn’t require an ice cream maker. You might have to do a lot of stirring, but think of it as a work out; you know you’ve earned your ice cream when it comes to eating it. If you want to make a sauce to go with it (who doesn’t love a good ice cream sauce) there are some ideas here.

Raspberry Ripple ice cream

It might be less on trend than some of the newer, exotic flavours of ice cream, but raspberry ripple is a classic. This great recipe from BBC food doesn’t require an ice cream machine, and uses fairly basic ingredients – all you’ll need is raspberries, eggs, sugar and cream, plus whatever you want to serve it with. Easy and delicious – save us a scoop!

Salted caramel ice cream

Everyone is still obsessed with salted caramel since it had its resurgence on the food scene a while ago. This salted caramel recipe is simple and basic but feels very indulgent. This is a great recipe to impress people if you’re cooking dinner and want an easy dessert – one that even the most novice cooks can master.

Mint, chocolate chip ice cream (raw, dairy and nut free)

As much as we hate to admit it, ice cream isn’t the healthiest thing in the world – so if you want to indulge but stay on track with your fitness goals, this might be the recipe for you. The mint chocolate chip ice cream is raw, dairy and nut free! Some of the ingredients are a little less basic than the others mentioned in this post, but you should still be able to find them at most major supermarkets.

Vegan strawberry ice cream

This strawberry ice cream is vegan, so doesn’t contain any dairy but still offers a wonderfully creamy flavour. Vegan food is taking the world by storm at the moment, and with recipes like this available we’re not surprised. Again, a few ingredients are a little unusual but you should still be able to find them fairly easily. Give it a go - you’ll be very popular among your vegan friends.

Mango and banana sorbet

OK, so this isn’t technically an ice cream but it’s cold and you can scoop it so – near enough for us. Sorbet is that little more light and refreshing than ice cream – there are so many flavour combinations to choose from but we like the look of this mango and banana sorbet recipe. It only has four ingredients and apart from some stirring and blending – very little effort required. Grab a spoon!

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