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Keep your cool with these eight delicious and simple ice cream recipes

There's nothing nicer than a home made ice and these are the cream of the crop


It's hot out there and looking like it'll stay warm this weekend.

Try one of these easy iced treats - perfect for the super hot Shabbat that we've been forecast. Stick around for the helpful hack in the last recipe. You can thank me later ...

1. Very cherry no churn loaf : pretty well Black Forest ice cream, this cherry and chocolate-filled ice is the work of minutes. And with English cherries in season, it's the perfect time to make it.

2. Babka Ice cream: This recipe from the lovely Joel Braham of The Good Egg, may be a teensy bit more work, but good things are definitely worth waiting for. It also has sustainability cred - using up leftover babka as it does. If you're rolling your eyes at the idea of anyone having leftover baked goods, it's worth buying some just to make this treat. A super special finish to a light Shabbat meal.

3. Banana 'nice cream' with halva and melted chocolate: since friend of the JC, Lisa Roukin wrote this recipe for us, blitzed up banana-based iced desserts have been renamed 'nice cream'. It's not only healthier than regular ice cream, but perfectly parev. And even better, uses up those past-their-best, brown bananas, which are perfect for this recipe. Just remember to pop them in the freezer the day before you need to make this.

4. Another healthy treat, this time from Rebbetzen Ilana Epstein, who says it takes no time at all to whip up her apricot yoghurt or cucumber ice lollies. Take your pick - they both look (and taste) gorgeous. Make them with soya yoghurt and you can serve them after a meaty bbq. And yes, cucumber may sound surprising, but it's super cooling and perfect for a summer ice.

5. Denise Phillips' Coconutty recipe is another perfectly parev treat, but with an Asian flavour. It does need mixing as it freezes if you don't have an ice cream making machine, but is totally worth the elbow grease.

6. My own plum and ginger ice cream is also a winner. And with the crunchy crumble topping, is two puds for the work of one! And if making crumble topping feels like too much work in the heat, you can sandwich it between two ginger biscuits. Who doesn't love an ice cream sandwich?

7. Amir Batito's iced chocolate biscuit loaf is the perfect finish to a hot weather Shabbat supper. Only six ingredients needed for a showstopping pud so simple that it'll help you keep your cool.

8. Last, but not least - not for lovers of a Crunchie bar - is Fabienne Viner-Luzzato's Honeycomb crunch ice cream. Short on time? We've got a speedy hack - just crush your Crunchies and stir them into softened vanilla ice cream for a quick and easy milky dessert.

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