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Homemade Ice Cream Recipe made with only 2 Ingredients - you can make any flavor you want!

Homemade Ice Cream (No Machine) with only 2 Ingredients

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Learn how to make homemade ice cream with my easy 2-ingredient ice cream recipe and enjoy any flavor you want, no ice cream machine required!

Hi Bold Bakers!

You don’t need an expensive ice cream machine to enjoy homemade ice cream. My original two-ingredient, no-machine ice cream recipe is easy to whip up and so versatile.

Finding your next go-to ice cream will not be a challenge – I have 50+ ice cream flavor recipes and dozens of frozen desserts at my Gemma’s Freezer Section Ice Cream Destination.

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe with Just Two Ingredients

My easy homemade ice cream requires just two simple ingredients – heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. Heavy Whipping Cream is readily available in the United States, and it’s referred to as Whipping/Double Cream in Britain, Slagroom in the Netherlands, and Whipped Cream or Heavy Cream in the Philippines. There is also a heat treated cream from Nestle in large parts of Asia.

In parts of South East Asia, and the Philippines there is a Nestle product, which is called whipping cream. It is made from milk powder and milk fats. It is good for some applications, such as no bake cheesecakes, but not for this ice cream.

Heavy Whipping Cream for my 2 Ingredient Ice Cream Recipe!

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Condensed milk is cow’s milk with the water content evaporated off and is the second ingredient in my homemade ice cream. The thick and syrupy milk acts as a sweetener and softens the ice cream, allowing for easier scoopability. To make your ice cream less sweet, you can use low-fat or fat-free condensed milk. When making homemade condensed milk, you can replace sugar with alternatives such as honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup. Other sugar alternatives may not work if they are unable to caramelize. Learn more about sweetened condensed milk and sugar alternatives with my simple Homemade Condensed Milk recipe.

Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe

Can I Replace Heavy Cream With Milk?

The cream which I use in my no-churn ice cream and for most of my recipes is fresh dairy cream skimmed from full fat cows milk. At 35% or more fat content it will whip up well. A liquid cream, found in most chill aisles of grocery stores in the US, and in Europe, it will spoil in a few days even when refrigerated due to a lack of artificial additives. Heavy cream is essential in this recipe and cannot be replaced with milk. In countries where there is no dairy industry this may be difficult to find. Buffalo milk produces a really good high fat cream, and will be perfect for this.

There are manufactured products, made with milk powders and fats, in places where there is no dairy industry. Although good for some recipes, they are not the fresh cream required in my homemade ice cream recipe.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream & 50+ Flavors

To make my homemade ice cream recipe without an ice cream machine, you start by whipping up cold heavy cream for about 2-3 minutes until the cream forms soft peaks. Once whipped, you add in your condensed milk. Both ingredients should be very cold when combined so that they come together in a perfect marriage.  Add in your vanilla extract, which is optional, at this stage and whip until you have stiff peaks, about 2-3 minutes. Vanilla extract supports the sweetened condensed milk in keeping your ice cream scoopable after it freezes. The alcohol found in extracts keeps the ice cream from freezing hard and makes it soft enough to scoop into your favorite bowl.

With just this base, you’ll be able to make an endless supply of homemade ice cream flavors! It’s also a vanilla ice cream recipe and a blank canvas to make more than fifty of my favorite flavors, all found on my Gemma’s Freezer Section Ice Cream Destination. From classic vanilla, strawberry and chocolate to pistachio kulfi, strawberry cheesecake, Cookies & Cream, tiramisu and green tea, I’ve made a countless variety of ice creams.

Homemade Ice Cream by Gemma Stafford

Storing Ice Cream

While vanilla extract keeps your ice cream from freezing too hard, you can leave your ice cream at room temperature, for about 15 minutes, if you decided to omit it or find your ice cream is too hard to scoop. You can store your ice cream in an airtight container for up to six weeks.

How to Make Dairy Free Homemade Ice Cream

Don’t eat dairy? Not a problem! You can make my homemade ice cream completely dairy free with full-fat coconut milk and vegan condensed milk. Learn more about my dairy-free coconut ice cream recipe.

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Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe made with only 2 ingredients!
Homemade Ice Cream with only 2 Ingredients (No Machine)
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Learn how to make homemade ice cream with my easy 2-ingredient ice cream recipe - no ice cream machine required - and enjoy any flavor you want!
Course: Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 3 pints
Author: Gemma Stafford
  1. Place sweetened condensed milk in the fridge to keep cold.
  2. Using a hand or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the cold cream on medium/high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Turn off the machine and pour the cold condensed milk into the whipped cream.
  4. Turn the speed up to high and whisk until the mixture is thick and stiff peaks form. Turn off the machine and stir in vanilla extract (optional).
Making Homemade Ice Cream Flavors
  1. Now you have your ice cream base you can add in your desired flavors and fixing. GO NUTS! Try my 50+ ice cream flavors at my Gemma's Freezer Section or experiment with your own flavors and enjoy creating something that is all you. Generally, use two cups ice cream base and add mix ins to create your flavors.
  2. Once you finish creating your flavors, transfer your ice cream mixture to an airtight container and freeze for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight before eating.
  3. Keep stored in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.
Enjoy a Few Initial flavor Ideas:
  1. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream: Mix 1 cup cheesecake into 2 cups ice cream base and add strawberry puree
  2. Honeycomb Ice Cream: Mix ½ cup crushed Honeycomb into 2 cups ice cream base. Don't add too much as it will make your ice cream soft but very yummy.
  3. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream: Mix ⅔ cup crushed Oreo Cookies into 2 cups ice cream base
  4. Mango Ice Cream: Swirl ¼ cup mango puree into 2 cups ice cream base
  5. Rainbow Cake Ice Cream: Mix 1 cup frosted Rainbow cake into 2 cups ice cream base
  6. Birthday Cake Ice Cream: Mix 1 cup frosted Funfetti cake (or cupcake) into 2 cups ice cream base
Recipe Notes

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  1. Frances Mountney on December 10, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Gemma I am a first time follower of your show on Facebook.I am trying your ice cream but i made a mistake and added the eagle brand butterscotch condensed milk before I added the sweetened condensed it won’t firm up.Any suggestions.I could use your help.Thanks.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      Hi there you can add more full fat cream to thicken it, re mix then re-freeze and you should have a lovely result! Enjoy!

  2. Provee on December 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Love this recepie. Thanks Gemma. I made 4 flavours out of one batch. Are yummy. Check out the photos.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 8, 2018 at 2:59 am

      Hi Provee,
      I am delighted you like this recipe, thank you for letting me know, and for the photo too. I am not sure I saw it yet as they await approval.
      Good that you are with us,
      Gemma 🙂

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