Chocolate Gelato Recipe With Black Pepper

Best ice cream and lolly recipes

Try one of our ice cream or ice lolly recipes for a summer cool down or dinner party dessert accompaniment. Making ice cream is easier than you think and will impress your friends

There’s nothing like homemade ice cream, and we have the best easy ice cream recipes to make in your ice cream maker, along with some no-churn ice cream recipes. We have plenty of ideas, from a classic homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, to show-stopping ice cream cake recipes and a fab dairy free ice cream idea, as well as frozen yogurt recipes. 


Make an ice cream cake or ice cream sandwiches with your homemade ice cream. We have some show-stopping ice cream cake recipes, from pistachio and chocolate ice box cake to white chocolate and strawberry ice cream cake. 

For something a bit more refreshing, make one of our ice lolly recipes for kids and grown-ups.

Plus we’ve created 4 quick and easy ice cream topping ideas, too.

Easy ice cream toppings

Retro caramel banana split

  • Put 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream in a bowl with 1 halved small banana.
  • Drizzle over a spoonful of salted caramel sauce, add some squirty creamand finish with a couple  of red maraschino cocktail cherries.
retro caramel banana split

Boozy Baileys affogato

  • Pour a measure each of strong coffee (espresso is ideal) and Baileys over 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  • Add a few chocolate covered coffee beans to finish.
boozy baileys affogato

Ice cream with spiced nuts and fudge

  • Put 100g mixed nuts in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp melted butter, 1 tbsp brown sugar, ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp cumin seeds, ¼ tsp mild chilli powder and a pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper.
  • Mix well, then spread on a non-stick baking tray and bake at 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Tip onto baking paper to cool completely, then chop.
  • Cut 4 chunks of butter fudge into small pieces. Top scoops of vanilla ice cream with a few chopped nuts and mini fudge pieces (makes enough topping for 3-4 bowls).
ice cream with spiced nuts and fudge

Hot chocolate and berry ice cream sundae

  • Put 75g chopped dark chocolate in a pan with 5 tbsp whole milk and 1 tbsp golden syrup.
  • Heat gently until the chocolate melts, then whisk until shiny and uniform.
  • Pour over vanilla ice cream and top with mixed berries (makes enough sauce for 2-3 bowls).
hot chocolate and berry ice cream sundae

Ice cream recipes

Vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate sauce

Learn how to make this supremely creamy vanilla ice cream and you’ll be set for summer. Plenty more summer dessert recipes here.


No-churn Vietnamese coffee ice cream

Cardamom and cinnamon add a fragrant edge to this quick ice cream idea. You only need 15 minutes to prepare before freezing – an easy pick-me-up for summer entertaining.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Roasted banana caramel swirl ice cream

Check out this impressive ice cream recipe with roasted bananas and homemade caramel sauce. Black bananas are best for this recipe as they’re super ripe and sweet.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Caramel

Brown butter ice cream

Brown butter adds a nutty, caramelised flavour to creamy homemade vanilla ice cream in this recipe. It’s a little effort but so worth it.

Brown butter ice cream

No-churn double strawberry ice cream

Strawberry ice cream is a family favourite but home-made just tastes so much better. This recipe for no-churn double strawberry ice cream is super easy and makes delicious, creamy ice cream that everyone will love. Try our strawberry dessert recipes here…

No-churn double strawberry ice cream

Vanilla ice cream

Try this quick and easy homemade vanilla ice cream with just 20 minutes of prep. Serve alongside your favourite summer dessert, we have plenty of inspiration here.

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Maple honeycomb ice cream

Making this delicious maple honeycomb ice cream is easier than you may think with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. It’s guaranteed to be a new family favourite any time of year.

Maple honeycomb ice cream

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Try our recipe for indulgent and creamy homemade chocolate with black pepper gelato. Gelato differs from ice cream in the fat content – ice cream is usually made with cream, while gelato is milk based. The trick to this silky smooth gelato is to add some liquid glucose – this lowers the freezing point so it doesn’t freeze rock solid.

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Dairy free no-churn banana ice cream

Dairy-free, no-churn, no-effort ice cream. Plus it’s healthy! What’s not to love? Once you’re confident, why not try experimenting with different flavours.

No-churn banana ice cream

Pecan praline ice cream

Easy homemade ice cream with a twist. Master your own praline, then make a custard-based ice cream, mix in the caramel-pecan nuts and freeze. Serves six.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Peach melba ice cream

Peach melba is a classic British dessert created to honour the Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Try the great combination of peaches and raspberries in our peach melba ice cream for a sweet and tart frozen dessert for summer.

Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Bitter chocolate ice cream

A grown-up version of Italy’s favourite flavour, this bitter chocolate ice cream is easy to make and makes a sophisticated ice cream cone dessert alternative. Indulgent, intense and seriously chocolatey!

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream

This homemade ice cream combines two of the trendiest new flavours on dessert menus: smooth peanut butter and the delicious sweet and salty combo of salted caramel. Check out our caramel cakes and bakes here…

Peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream

Double honey ice cream

Honey, honey, how you thrill me! The best ice cream made with a simple-to-follow custard-based recipe. Quickly stir broken honeycomb through it to serve. So easy, so good.

Double honey ice cream

Blackcurrant ripple ice cream

This no-churn homemade ice cream with delicious blackcurrant sauce rippled through is the perfect weekend treat for the family – good for garden gluts too.

Blackcurrant ripple ice cream

Elderflower ice cream

Valentine Warner’s elderflower ice cream is light, aromatic and calls for only five ingredients. You don’t even have to go and pick your own elderflower – a good cordial will work just fine.

Valentine Warner's elderflower ice cream

Make your ice cream better with our DIY ice cream sundae bar

Pack tubs of ice cream into a big bowl of ice. Make some easy sauces then pile up bought ingredients into pretty bowls and glasses so guests can build their own bespoke sundae.

DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar Recipe

Frozen yogurt recipes

Instant mango fro-yo

Check out this super speedy dairy-free frozen yogurt. This easy recipe only uses three ingredients (lime, mango and coconut yogurt) and takes minutes to make.

Mango Froyo Recipe

Whipped avocado with frozen yogurt

Try this elegant avocado dessert with frozen yogurt and meringue to serve at your next dinner party.

Whipped Avocado Dessert With Frozen Yogurt

Ice cream cake recipes

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream cake

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream, cake: three things we love the most in our puddings. Try this easy layer cake for the perfect dinner-party dessert.

White Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Pistachio and chocolate ice box

The icebox cake is a US staple – the biscuits become pleasantly softened by the ice cream and the whole thing holds together so you can cut it into wedges.

Pistachio and Chocolate Ice Box Cake

Devil’s food ice cream cake

One of our favourite festive bakes, and one that goes down especially well on Christmas Eve. Layers of fudgy chocolate brownie cake sandwiched with ice cream, which you can mix and match using your favourite flavours. Make in advance and keep in the freezer, in a freezable container, for up to 1 month. 

Devil’s food ice-cream cake

Ice lolly recipes

Avocado, kiwi and lime ice lollies

Cool down this summer with these zesty avocado ice pops. These super green lollies are an easy healthy snack made in just 5 minutes.

Avo Lollies

Strawberries and cream ice lollies

Strawberries and cream frozen together make the best iced lollies. Roast the berries, mix with condensed milk and freeze. Make plenty, everyone will love them.

Strawberry and cream lollies

Thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies

These thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies are a great grown-up treat to help you cool down in the warmer months. You can make this into a cordial too, just reduce the water to 750ml and strain into sterilised jars.

Lemon Ice Lolly Recipe With Thyme and Elderflower

Ice cream sandwich recipes

Blackberry ripple ice cream sandwiches

The coolest, most irresistible ice cream sandwiches in existence. They’re surprisingly quick to make and the ice cream part requires NO CHURNING whatsoever!

Blackberry ripple ice cream sandwiches

Strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches

These strawberry shortcake ice-cream sandwiches are an easy but impressive summer treat. If you’re planning on making these a day or so ahead, just dunk the sides of the sandwiches into the freeze-dried strawberries before serving.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Toffee ice cream sandwiches

This easy homemade version of the classic chocolate-dippped ice-cream sandwich uses only 3 ingredients; ginger biscuits, toffee ice cream and melted chocolate. 

Toffee Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe