Can homemade ice cream compete with the ready-made stuff? We’ve tested ice cream makers this summer to see if it’s worth the investment.
We kept ourselves cool this summer by testing self-freezing ice cream makers. Although our tests called for lots of helpings of vanilla and chocolate chip ice cream to be made to assess how well each machine churned the ice cream, I wanted to push these machines to their limits and see what other delicious frozen treats I could make with them.
To accomplish this, I set about making some weird and wonderful frozen dessert recipes. Here are some of my favourites.
My favourite recipes
I used the Sage The Smart Scoop recipes (PDF) as inspiration, but added my own personal twists. I started with a Summer Berries Sorbet, using:
🍨 165g caster sugar
🍨 190ml water
🍨 300g mixed frozen summer berries
🍨 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
🍨 1 small egg white, lightly beaten
I then tried a Mango Frozen Yoghurt:
🍨 Tinned mango slices 425g
🍨 500g unflavoured natural or greek yoghurt
🍨 110g caster sugar
And finally, Pistachio Gelato:
🍨 4 tbsp pistachio spread
🍨 500ml vanilla custard
🍨 600ml double cream
Do you make your own ice cream?
If you’re tempted to pick up an ice cream maker and start trying these recipes out (or make your own!) then you can take a look at our guide to the best ice cream makers here.
Do you make ice cream at home or do you prefer shop-bought? What are your favourite recipes and flavours?
Let us know in the comments, and share your favourite recipes and tips with us.