Break out the trusty ice cream maker and expand your summertime dessert horizons with these innovative recipes.
Caramelized Fig Ice CreamStart by softening vanilla ice cream then beat in the fig-lemon mixture. This late-summer favorite is sure to be a treat.
Fresh Mint Chip Ice CreamThis mint ice cream isn't fluorescent green because it's made with mint leaves, not food coloring. And instead of waxy chocolate chips, it has ultrathin shards of chocolate, which instantly melt in the mouth.
Honey Ice CreamThis ice cream has a delicate flavor; if you prefer a deeper taste, substitute a darker honey. Top with Honey-Roasted Figs for more rich honey flavor.
Caramel Corn Ice CreamFresh corn isn't just for the cob—it makes for a delicious ice cream, too. Stir in the caramels just after freezing and top with caramel popcorn for a sweet and salty treat.
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice CreamIf you crave the rich, tangy flavor of cheesecake but love the sweetness of summer berries, this ice cream is for you.
Rum-Macadamia Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple and CoconutWith only six ingredients, including sweet dark rum and buttery macadamia nuts, this ice cream is simple to make and can turn your kitchen into a tropical Caribbean island. Serve with grilled pineapple and top with toasted coconut for an amazingly delicious flavor combination.
Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de LecheThis rich ice cream combines dark-roasted coffee beans, rum, and what else? The gooey, dark, golden caramel known as Dulce de Leche.
Sour Cream Chamomile Ice CreamUse fresh chamomile for a light, herbaceous note. If you have access to fresh chamomile, give it a try here. Or use dried chamomile tea, which imparts a more earthy flavor.
Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice CreamInfusing the syrup with lavender imparts a subtle floral flavor to this ice cream. Look for fresh ricotta cheese at gourmet markets, or you can make your own—go to CookingLight.com for our homemade version. It lends the ice cream wonderful richness. Serve with Easy Raspberry Sauce, and garnish with lavender sprigs.
Mango Mascarpone Ice CreamMascarpone's silky thickness lends a custardlike texture without the trouble of cooking custard. Except for dissolving sugar in mango nectar, this is a no-cook recipe. Press the puree through a fine sieve for a smooth texture.