Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
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Makes 1 quart

Whip up this 6-ingredient, no-cook vanilla ice cream recipe for a delicious, cold treat. It's the perfect dessert recipe to serve in the heat of summer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk all ingredients in a 2-quart pitcher or large bowl until blended. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Step 2

Pour milk mixture into freezer container of a 1-quart electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. (Instructions and times will vary.)

Step 3

Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and place in freezer 15 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container; freeze until firm, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Step 4

Note: For testing purposes only, we used a Rival 4-quart Durable Plastic Bucket Ice Cream Maker and a Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.

Step 5

No-Cook Chocolate Ice Cream: Omit sugar, vanilla, and whole milk. Add 2 cups whole chocolate milk and 2/3 cup chocolate syrup. Proceed as directed. Makes 1 quart.

Step 6

No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream: Prepare No-Cook Chocolate Ice Cream as directed. Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and place in freezer. Freeze 15 minutes. Stir 3/4 cup toasted sliced almonds into prepared ice cream. Place in an airtight container; freeze until firm. Makes 1 1/4 quarts.

Step 7

No-Cook Turtle Ice Cream: Prepare No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream as directed. Stir 1/4 cup caramel sauce into prepared ice cream. Remove container with ice cream from ice-cream maker, and place in freezer. Freeze 15 minutes. Microwave 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels and 1 teaspoon shortening in a microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Place 3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle pecans with melted chocolate. Freeze 5 minutes. Break into bite-size pieces. Stir chocolate-and-pecan pieces into ice cream. Place in an airtight container; freeze until firm. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Step 8

No-Cook Fig-Mint Ice Cream: Prepare No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream as directed. Remove container with prepared ice cream from ice-cream maker, and place in freezer. Freeze 15 minutes. Stir together 2 cups chopped peeled fresh figs, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint. Stir mixture into prepared ice-cream mixture. Place in an airtight container; freeze until firm. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Step 9

Note: We used Black Mission Figs; any fresh figs in season should work in this recipe, including green figs.

Step 10

No-Cook Peach Ice Cream: Omit vanilla and sugar, and reduce whole milk to 1 1/4 cups. Process 4 peeled, sliced medium-size fresh ripe peaches or 1 (25-ounce) can peaches in light syrup, drained, with 2 tablespoons sugar; 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice; and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor until smooth. Stir into milk mixture with 3/4 cup peach nectar. Proceed as directed. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Step 11

No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream: Omit vanilla, and reduce whole milk to 1 1/2 cups. Process 1 (16-ounce) container fresh strawberries or 1 (16-ounce) package thawed frozen strawberries, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor until smooth. Stir into milk mixture. Proceed as directed. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Step 12

No-Cook Coconut Ice Cream: Omit vanilla and sugar, and reduce whole milk to 1/2 cup. Whisk 1 (5-ounce) can coconut milk, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into milk mixture. Proceed as directed. Serve ice cream with toasted coconut, shaved chocolate, or chopped macadamia nuts. Makes 1 quart.

Step 13

Note: To make a tropical sundae, top coconut ice cream with sliced bananas, mango slices, and pineapple chunks.

Ratings & Reviews

Irishcolleen's Review

dawn901
August 19, 2014
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dawn901's Review

booklover
July 03, 2014
So much like my grandmothers! And, without having to prepare a custard base! Next time will use two more peaches :). YUMMY

joannebush's Review

Irishcolleen
October 31, 2012
wat is this recipe for a 4quart icecream freezer

booklover's Review

egtyler
July 19, 2009
This is an easy recipe for first time ice cream makers. I did the strawberry flavor first. It was really good. I did have problems getting it to set up completely, so I put it in the freezer overnight, and it was perfect the next day. I think that is because I did not have my freezer container for the maker cold enough.

egtyler's Review

joannebush
June 20, 2009
We have been making this recipe for years and it has never failed. We have made peach, banana, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, and mixed fruits. Easy and great recipe--we are making it again tomorrow!