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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
Ice cream recipes
Learn how to make this supremely creamy vanilla ice cream and you’ll be set for summer. Plenty more summer dessert recipes here.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frozen yogurt recipes
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.
Try this elegant avocado dessert with frozen yogurt and meringue to serve at your next dinner party.
Ice cream cake recipes
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.
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.
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.
Ice lolly recipes
Cool down this summer with these zesty avocado ice pops. These super green lollies are an easy healthy snack made in just 5 minutes.
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.
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.
Ice cream sandwich recipes
The coolest, most irresistible ice cream sandwiches in existence. They’re surprisingly quick to make and the ice cream part requires NO CHURNING whatsoever!
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.
This easy homemade version of the classic chocolate-dippped ice-cream sandwich uses only 3 ingredients; ginger biscuits, toffee ice cream and melted chocolate.