recipe: no-churn limoncello and ginger ice cream

My mum has a wonderful Gaggia ice-cream machine which produces the softest ice cream in double quick time and which has been the back bone of many a family dessert over the years. My little cottage kitchen unfortunately doesn’t afford me the space for such a machine so when I discovered recipes for no-churn ice-cream I was excited! Many of you may be familiar with how to make ice cream without a machine but the commitment of regular trips to the freezer to whisk up the mixture and stop it crystallising has never won me over. This no effort no-churn alternative is therefore firmly on my list as a way to produce delicious homemade ice-cream with your favourite flavours without all the effort of an expense machine. Give it a go and you may never buy ice cream again!

Warning: this recipe includes some limoncello for a boozy adult treat. If you want to exclude it to make it kid friendly then be aware that the ice-cream will set a little harder; the limoncello limits the freezing process so keeps the mixture smooth and soft straight from the freezer (also don’t be tempted to up the limoncello or you’ll end up with a puddle).


  • 300ml whole milk
  • 1 inch of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon in wide strips (use a vegetable peeler)
  • 400ml double cream
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  • 75ml limoncello


  1. Place the milk, ginger, vanilla and lemon zest in a pan and slowly bring to the bowl. Lower the temperature and allow it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Set the milk mixture aside for 1 hour to allow the flavours to infuse. At the end of the hour strain the mixture into a jug through a fine sieve to remove the ginger and lemon.
  3. Whip up the double cream to soft peaks (careful not to over whip or it will become grainy).
  4. Fold the condensed milk into the cream, followed by the flavoured milk and the limoncello.
  5. Pour into a freezable container and pop in the freezer until hard (this should take 3-4 hours).
  6. The limoncello will keep this ice-cream at a soft set so pull it out from the freezer and enjoy!


  1. Nice! I never would have thought about putting ginger in ice-cream but it’s a very clever idea. This bit of heat that comes through after taking a bit of cold ice-cream. And I love how you added limoncello too (:


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