We used to live near a gourmet ice cream parlor, and I miss it. They would include flavors like orange blossom, honey, goat cheese, basil, and rose in their frozen creations and it was always so much fun going there. Later, we bought an ice cream machine, but it was a pain to use, often didn’t work very well, and eventually broke after using it just a handful of times. So much for gourmet ice cream, right? No-Churn Ice Cream doesn’t use any machinery to make its wonderfully flavorful frozen confections, including all those flavors and more.
Most use a basic formula of cooking a batch of flavoring — including fruits, nuts, herbs, and other gourmet ingredients — then mixing that with condensed milk, and then folding that into fresh whipped cream and simply freezing the batch. It’s super easy. The results are incredible, with a rich and creamy (but not too heavy) texture. Our favorite ice creams so far are the Apple-Cardamom and Chocolate-Raspberry-Mint. There are also sorbets, granitas, and sherbets, too, like the delicious Blueberry, Honey, and Lavender Sherbet that I can’t wait to make again.