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If the outdoor temperature is beginning to rise where you are, you've probably already had your first ice cream cravings, but instead of dipping into a supermarket freezer, know that making ice cream at home can be much easier than you might think!
A good homemade ice cream can be made with or without using an ice cream maker and, if you want the treat without but at less detriment to your waistline, we've got some top tips, techniques and recipes for making ice cream without cream.
From a sweet frozen treat with yogurt to sweet potatoes or bananas, here's how to make homemade ice cream without cream.
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM WITHOUT CREAM
To make ice cream without cream with or without ice cream maker you'll need; 500 ml of milk, 5 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla essence (or vanillin).
Fill some glass jars three quarters full with milk and let them rest in the freezer for a couple of hours if using an ice cream maker, about 4 hours otherwise.
Using an ice cream maker: take the glasses out of the freezer and leave them on the side for half an hour; break up the ice with a fork and let it soften for an hour; pour the contents of the glasses into the ice cream maker with the sugar and the vanilla essence. Mix and operate the machine for about 20 minutes (timing may vary depending on the model).
Without using an ice cream maker: leave the contents of the previously frozen glasses out for about half an hour; then pour it into a blender, add the sugar and the essence, then stir. Operate the appliance for a maximum of two minutes, until creamy.
And hey presto, you have a "fior di latte" ice cream without cream, a blank canvas to which you can add your own flavourings or fruit, like strawberries, as desired.
Ice Cream Made with yoghurt
If the simple recipe above is too simple, you can prepare a good ice cream without cream, using yoghurt instead.
To do this you need to whisk an egg white. Then, mix 500 g of low-fat plain yoghurt with a couple of tablespoons of honey, then incorporate the whipped egg white, a little at a time.
Then transfer everything to the ice cream maker. When the yoghurt ice cream is compact and creamy, transfer it to the freezer and let it rest for at least an hour.
If you want to make chocolate ice cream without cream, before operating the ice cream maker, add two tablespoons of cocoa powder and some dark chocolate flakes to the mix
This recipe also lends itself to carrying other flavours, so let your creativity run wild.
How to make Vegan Ice cream
If, instead you want to avoid dairy altogether in your ice cream making, you can go 100% vegan and gluten free easily at home with this sweet potato ice cream recipe. Cooked and frozen sweet potato is blended together with some very simple ingredients and topped off with berries. No milk, cream or eggs required.
Banana Nice Cream
Or, if you're a fan of bananas try blending this fruit frozen, until smooth and creamy and adding in your favourite toppings. Discover how here.