How To Make Ice Cream At Home Without An Ice Cream Machine

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homemade-ice-cream-by-sushiesque.jpgIn the hot summer weather, there is nothing as refreshing and comforting as sitting down with a few scoops of your favorite ice cream.

For many, it doesn’t even need to be hot outside for it to be ice cream time!

You can add to the enjoyment of this family treat by preparing your own batch of delicious homemade ice cream — made without an ice cream maker!

Here are 2 mouth-watering ice cream recipes that can be prepared in just 30 minutes. After leaving it to freeze for several hours, you and your family will thoroughly enjoy this tasty homemade treat.


Quick and Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream 


This homemade ice cream recipe is made with lemon zest to add a refreshing tang. It includes real vanilla seeds to add a luxuriously scrumptious vanilla flavor.



  • 1 pint (2 ½ cups) heavy whipping cream
  • 6 oz superfine sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 lemon rind, grated
  • 1 vanilla pod


Cooking utensils required:

  • 1 heavy, medium-sized saucepan
  • 1 strainer
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 knife
  • 1 container with airtight lid (suitable for freezing)



Place the whipping cream in a saucepan and heat over a low-medium heat while whisking continuously.

Add the lemon rind, vanilla pod (whole), the beaten eggs and the egg yolks. Continue to heat until the mixture is almost boiling, but do not allow it to boil.

Once the mixture is almost boiling, turn the heat down to low and start to gently whisk the mixture.

Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes and continue to whisk during this time. The mixture will slowly start to thicken.

After 8 to 10 minutes, add the castor sugar and stir it into the thickened mixture. Take the pan off the heat and place to one side while you get the bowl and strainer.

Pour the contents of the pan through the strainer into the bowl.

Carefully remove the vanilla pod from the strainer and place it onto a flat surface. Carefully slit open the vanilla pod with a sharp knife. Then, using the flat of the blade, scrape the pod seeds out of the vanilla pod casing. Add the vanilla seeds to the ice cream mixture in the bowl and stir them in.

Pour the contents of the bowl into the freezer-safe storage container, but leave the lid off for now. Set the mixture to one side and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.

Once cool, place the lid on the container and place in the freezer, ensuring that the container is on a level surface. Freeze the ice cream mixture for at least 7 to 8 hours, ideally overnight.

Makes 6 servings

This video shows a similar recipe for making homemade vanilla ice cream without an ice cream maker using slightly different ingredients:

How to make homemade vanilla ice cream with Gianny L


Simply Delicious Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream


Everyone knows chocolate and ice cream are comfort foods, so why not combine both and double the pleasure? This simple homemade ice cream recipe uses real chocolate and — depending on personal preference — can be made with either plain or milk chocolate.



  • 1 ½ pints heavy whipping cream
  • 6 oz superfine sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 lb dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • ¼ pint of water


Cooking utensils required:

  • 1 heavy-based medium-sized pan
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 container with airtight lid (suitable for freezing)



Add the water and the sugar to the saucepan. Heat over low heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the sugar has dissolved, heat the mixture until it starts to boil, and then gently simmer for 7 to 8 minutes.

Next, add the chocolate pieces to the mixture in the pan, making sure you are careful not to splash the hot sugar syrup. Stir the mixture until the chocolate pieces have melted and dissolved.

Once the chocolate has dissolved, add the egg yolks to the mixture and whisk until the eggs combine and the mixture has a smooth consistency.

Take the pan off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Place the heavy cream into a bowl and whisk until the cream has a thick consistency. Do not over-whisk the cream, it should be thick, but not firm. Once the cream is ready, lightly fold it into the chocolate mixture.

Now transfer the contents into the freezer-safe container, seal with the lid, and place in the freezer. Freeze overnight, or at least 6 to 8 hours.

Make 6 servings


This video shows a similar recipe for making homemade chocolate ice cream without an ice cream maker using slightly different ingredients:

How To Make Homemade Ice Cream


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