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

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


Photo: Issy Croker

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, my cherry and chocolate-filled ice cream loaf is the work of minutes. And with English cherries jsut coming into season, it's the perfect time to make it.

2. Babka Ice cream: This recipe from the lovely people at 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.

5. Maunika Gowardhan’s deliciously different no churn rose and cardamom ice cream takes only 15 minutes mixing time – but a little longer to freeze. Shower it with slivered pistachios for a Middle Eastern treat.  

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. Who doesn’t love ice cream cake? And Alison Roman’s Banana split-inspired creation has it all. Banana caramel, vanilla ice cream and chocolate wafer biscuit crumbs. It also has a wonderful wow factor. Make it today.   

8. Trina Hahneman’s ice cream cake takes a Scandi angle, layering chocolate sponge, elderflower parfait and summer’s finest strawberries for a summer strawberry islagkage. No matter how desparate you are to dig in make sure to give it some time to soften before you start.

9. This vegan jewelled frozen yoghurt treat from JC regular, Denise Phillips is almost too easy to call a recipe – something we can definitely get on board with in this weather. Simply mix it up and spread thinly on a baking sheet before freezing. You’ll have a eye-catching frozen dessert in 1 – 2 hours. 

Revised since first published on June 15, 2023

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