10 easy home-made iced desserts to chill with

Hot-weekend treats from the freezer that don't require an ice-cream maker

Turn the heat down with a bowl of delicious home made ice cream. Photograph: iStock

Turn the heat down with a bowl of delicious home made ice cream. Photograph: iStock

 

Is the heat getting to you? Lost your appetite? You’re not alone. In these sweltering times it can be hard to work up an appetite for much more than salads and fruit. But who would say no to a freezing-cold bowl of home-made ice cream or – this summer’s obsession – an ice-cream sandwich?

Here are 10 easy ice-cream recipes from the Irish Times kitchen team, none of which require an ice-cream maker to produce.

Traditional brown bread ice cream

Brown-bread ice cream

There’s a comforting wave of nostalgia surrounding that old classic of brown-bread ice cream. For Vanessa Greenwood’s easy recipe you’ll be making your own brown bread – she is a master baker, after all. (You can, of course, cheat and just buy a loaf.) Read the recipe here

Gooseberry ice cream in a home made tuile.

Gooseberry ice cream and tuiles

Gooseberries are bang in season at the moment, and Greenwood also has a recipe for a no-churn icream made with this fruit. You’ll be making your own fancy tuiles if you follow this recipe to the letter, but they are a fancy flourish rather than an essential. Read the recipe here

Use a mixture of berries in this summer fruit ice cream.

Summer-berry ice cream

Summer berries, at their peak right now, meet condensed milk for a rich and creamy ice cream created by pastry chef Shane Smith. Use a mix of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries for a chunky, fruit-filled ice. Read the recipe here

Pink lemonade ice pops are a non-dairy option.

Pink-lemonade ice cream

If you prefer the lightness of an ice lolly over the indulgence of ice cream, try Shane Smith’s pink lemonade ice lollies, made with tonic water for an adult twist on a classic taste (or soda water if you prefer). Read the recipe here

Quick and easy coffee ice cream.

No-churn coffee ice cream

A four ingredient recipe that tells you to “Mix everything together and freeze in plastic container. Yes that is it.” Sounds ideal for these hot and humid days. Domini Kemp’s no-churn coffee ice cream is an homage to a Nigella classic. Read the recipe here

Peach Melba semifreddo for a fancier option.

Peach Melba semifreddo

If you plan on spending a little more time in the kitchen to creat a weekend treat from the freezer her are two more fancy options. Lilly Higgins’s peach Melba semifreddo is her take on an Italian classic. Read the recipe here

A full-on treat with ice cream, pineapple and chocolate dip

Coconut and lime ice cream

For a tropical twist, try Vanessa Greenwood’s chargrilled pineapple (handy if you’re already planning to barbecue), with coconut and lime ice cream. Read the recipe here

Brownie based ice cream sandwiches
A fruity option with peach ripple.
Pretty and pretty easy ice cream sandwiches.
Pretty and pretty easy ice cream sandwiches.

Three ice-cream sandwiches

Finally, if you want to get the kids involved, upgrade your ice-cream sandwich skills with these three variations from Aoife Noonan, Jess Murphy and Vanessa Greenwood. And chill, baby.
Recipe: Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwich bars
Recipe: Peach ripple ice cream sandwiches
Recipe: Chocolate and vanilla ice cream sandwiches

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