I don’t know about you, but when it comes to homemade ice cream, I’ve always loved the idea of eating it, but been totally put off by the thought of actually making it. First, there’s creating a custard-based sauce without turning it into scrambled eggs. Then there’s heating it to the exact right temperature before cooling it quickly. And finally, there’s all the churning, either in an expensive machine, or again and again by hand. Suddenly that delicious homemade ice cream I was dreaming of seems slightly less tempting.
That’s why this recipe is now my new best friend! There’s no cooking involved and no churning, it has just two ingredients and takes just minutes to make. The result is a light, sweet dessert with a delectably smooth and creamy texture. The base flavour on its own is really delicious, or you can experiment with any of your favourite ice cream flavours and ingredients. Try adding vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste for a lovely vanilla ice cream, unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolatey heaven, or your favourite berries for a fruity treat. The options really are endless!
- 500ml thickened cream
- 1 x 397g tin sweetened condensed milk
Optional flavourings (pick your favourite one or just enjoy plain)
- 2tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 4tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- crushed nuts
- chocolate chips
- berries or chopped fruit
- 1tsp ground cardamom seeds
- 4tbsp matcha green tea powder
1. Pour the cream and condensed milk into a mixing bowl.
2. At this stage, add any powder or vanilla extract, if you’re using any.
3. Use an electric mixer to whisk the mixture until it forms stiff peaks.
4. If you’re using any other ingredients such as nuts, berries or chocolate chips, stir these through the mixture, being careful not to overmix it so you don’t let out too much air.
6. Gently pour the mixture into a freezer-safe air-tight container. Then smooth the top.
7. Place the container in the freezer. The ice cream should be ready to serve in about 4 hours. If freezing for longer, remove it from the freezer a little ahead of serving to allow it time to warm slightly and become easy to scoop.