We're in the dog days of summer, when all you want to do is sit by the A/C with a pint of ice cream. But don't sweat! We've got the best no-cook recipes to beat the heat in our newest series, Turn Off the Stove (A/C optional, ice cream included).
So, about that ice cream. Sure, you could go buy a pint at the store—but we all know nothing beats homemade. Ideally, sprinkled with your favorite toppings or a dollop of whipped cream.
Don’t worry: You don’t need to pull out the pots or turn on the stove to enjoy a frozen treat. In fact, you don’t even need an ice cream machine. It’s basically magic. Yes, you’ll still have to be patient. But when making ice cream is this easy, a couple of hours of inactive thumb twiddling is a small price to pay.
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Here, we’ve gathered six of our simplest no-cook, no-churn ice creams guaranteed to cool you off this summer.
Hello, new Genius graduate. This sweet, bright lemon ice cream comes from Dori Sanders, a now 84-year-old peach farmer, novelist, and cookbook author, and might be one of the best no-churn treats we’ve tried yet.
If you're looking for a simple, sweet summer treat, go ask Alice Medrich: “Somewhere between ice cream and sherbet, it’s neither as creamy-rich as the first nor as icy as the latter. By using sour cream in place of a custard base, you'll get a dessert that's colder and more refreshing in your mouth than classic ice cream, with a cleaner and tangier fruit flavor.”
What’s more impressive than no-churn ice cream? A no-churn ice cream cake (duh). It’s easy to make and even easier to eat. But what really impressed our testers was something else: “The part to shout from the rooftops is the use of cream cheese and crème fraîche. I think all ice cream should include cream cheese!”
Not Ice Cream, Still Really Cool
What's your favorite frozen treat? Share in the comments below!