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The ultimate ice cream recipes for summer

by Marina Hopkins

published on 25 July 2019

When the sun is shining, there's no better way to cool down than with a bowl of delicious homemade ice cream, whether it's an exotic fruit flavour or a classic family favourite. This collection of mouth-watering ice cream, sorbet and granita recipes shows you just how easy ice cream-making can be!

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream from The Marshmallowist by Oonagh Simms

Turning your favourite campfire treat into an ice cream flavour is always a good idea, as this genius Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream proves. We love the light smokiness, which gives this recipe its unusual and utterly delicious flavour. 

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Passion Fruit Sour Sorbet from La Grotta Ices by Kitty Travers

A tropical sorbet that hits all the right sweet and sour notes, this delicious Passion Fruit Sorbet recipe from La Grotta Ices is the sort of thing we dream about when the temperature starts rising.

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No-churn Matcha Ice Cream from Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson

Green tea and ice cream on a hot summer's day? It's a matcha made in heaven. This easy ice cream recipe from Simply Nigella makes a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up, and is particularly pleasing on the eye.

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Lemon Sorbet from Sabor: Flavours from a Spanish Kitchen by Nieves Barragán Mohacho

It doesn't get more refreshing than a lemon sorbet, and this recipe from Sabor gets the flavour just right. It makes a delightful dessert on hot summer nights, or if you're feeling fancy, serve it as a palette cleanser between courses at a dinner party to really impress your guests.

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Barbados Custard Ice Cream from La Grotta Ices by Kitty Travers

The next best thing to a plane ticket, this indulgent ice cream from La Grotta Ices will transport you to the Caribbean with its deliciously rich rum and vanilla flavours. 

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Brown Sourdough Ice Cream with Raspberry Ripple from Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook by Roy Levy

This unexpected ice cream flavour is a real winner, and the recipe is one you'll return to over and over again. It hits just the right balance between the sweet ice cream base and the tart taste of sourdough, along with a delicious pop of raspberry. 

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Coffee Ice Cream from At Elizabeth David's Table by Elizabeth David

Here's one for the coffee lovers! A smooth, rich ice cream with the irresistible flavour of freshly roasted coffee, it's an obvious summertime replacement for your post-lunch espresso. 

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Strawberry and Coconut Ice Lollies from Naturally Sassy by Saskia Gregson-Williams

If you're keeping it dairy-free, try these irresistible Strawberry and Coconut Ice Lollies for a refreshing vegan treat that couldn't be simpler to make. Great for kids, too!  

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Apricot Noyau Ice Cream from La Grotta Ices by Kitty Travers 

Few ice cream recipes are as tempting as Kitty Travers' Apricot Noyau Ice Cream, using apricot kernels to create a rich almond flavour, beautifully served in fresh apricots. Welcome to ice cream excellence.

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Pear and Lemon Granita from The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook by Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

Do it the Sicilian way and cool down with a serving of icy granita, as demonstrated with this heavenly Pear and Lemon Granita recipe from The River Cafe. It's sweet, sour, and oh so refreshing. 

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Cashew and Jaggery Kulfi Scented with Cardamom from Rick Stein's India by Rick Stein

This delicious recipe from Rick Stein pays homage to kulfi, a mouth-watering ice cream dessert popular in India, with the satisfying flavour combination of cardamom and cashew nuts. 

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No Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

Pretty in pink, this beautiful Pomegranate Ice Cream from Nigella Lawson is a no-churn recipe meaning it couldn't be easier to make. Topped with fresh pomegranate seeds, this is a stress-free dessert that really steals the show. 

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