No Churn Ice Cream

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Serves About 1 Litre


5 plums, or apricots, or anything you’d like
1/4 cup sugar
Scraped seeds from 2 vanilla beans or 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 lemon, juice and zest
600ml heavy cream, 30% fat content minimum
1 tin (395g) sweetened condensed milk


An ice cream recipe that results in a creamy, vanilla-y, fruitful scoop without the need for a machine! We were introduced to this recipe by local cook Clementine Day, whose swirls of summer fruit looked too good to be true – thanks for teaching us the magic!

No Churn Ice Cream

For the fruit ripple, in a saucepan combine fruit, sugar, seeds from 1 vanilla bean and the lemon juice and zest. Cook down gently, stirring occasionally until it reaches a jammy consistency. We cooked ours for about 40 mins. Cool completely (you can speed up this process by pouring it into a shallow dish and popping it in the freezer for 15 mins or so).

For the vanilla base, beat cream, condensed milk and seeds from 1 vanilla bean until soft peaks form.

Pour half the vanilla base into a suitable dish for the freezer (having a lid is a bonus). Dollop the fruit sauce onto this in blobs, spaced out evenly. Repeat with the next layer. Then, using the handle end of a spoon, swirl through the mixture to create a nice ripple.

Cover and put in the freezer overnight. Pull out the ice cream and allow to sit at room temp for 10-15 mins before scooping, it’ll be easier on your arms that way.
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Hints and Tips

Clementine’s suggestions on other things to ripple through the vanilla base: marmalade, caramel or dulce de leche, jam of your choice but try something a bit more tart, lemon or lime curd, crunched up biscuits.


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  1. I tried this recipe and was so disappointed. It just tasted and felt like frozen cream, very unpleasant. Ended up throwing it out.

    1. We’re really sorry your ice cream was disappointing We’ve made this a few times with different flavour combos and found it delightful. It’s really helpful to get your feedback and we’ll be mindful the recipe may need tweaking in the future for best results. Thank you!