Our Favourite Frozen Dessert and Ice Cream Recipes

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The legend goes that Italian Duchess Catherine de Medici, upon marrying Henry II of France, took Italian chefs with her to France who reportedly had recipes for sorbets or flavoured ices.

Fast forward another 100 years where Charles I of England became so enamoured with the frozen dessert, that he offered the royal ice cream maker a lifetime pension to keep the recipes a secret, reserving the privilege for the royal family.

While ice cream may not be so exclusive these days, it is no less popular. We round up a collection of our favourite frozen dessert and ice cream recipes to inspire you to make something delicious.

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Frozen Dessert – Ice Cream and Gelato

Technically ice cream is defined as a sweetened, frozen food made from dairy products, sugar, flavourings and a base stabiliser, which is usually eggs. Gelato falls under this category too – it’s the Italian name for ice cream, with one specific requirement being that gelato has to have at least 3.5% butterfat, making it lower in fat but higher in sugar than traditional ice cream (which roughly has 10% butterfat). It is churned, usually in an ice cream maker to break down ice crystals.

Frozen Dessert - Peanut Butter Cookie With Milk Stout Ice Cream recipe
Frozen Dessert - Macadamia White Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae recipe

Peanut Butter Cookie and Milk Stout Ice Cream Sandwiches

Bittersweet milk stout ice cream sandwiched between two soft-baked giant peanut butter cookies. This is dessert heaven!

Recipe for Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwich

White Chocolate Macadamia Biscuit and No Churn Olive Oil Ice Cream Sundae

Olive oil in ice cream? We haven’t gone insane, the combination of vanilla and macadamia makes this a perfect dessert for the more savoury inclined.

Recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Biscuit Ice Cream Sundae

Frozen Dessert - Fried Banana and Caramel Ice Cream recipe
Frozen dessert - Matcha Ice cream recipe

Fried Banana and Caramel Ice Cream

A delectable combo of flavours for an unbeatable treat!

Recipe for Fried Banana & Caramel Ice Cream

Matcha and Mint Ice Cream

Cool and refreshing, matcha green tea makes the perfect addition to creamy homemade ice cream.

Recipe for Matcha & Mint Ice Cream

Frozen dessert - Vanilla Bean & Berry Swirl Ice Cream recipe
Frozen Dessert - Tipsy Tart Ice cream recipes

Vanilla Bean & Berry Swirl Ice Cream

Oooh, this fabulous ice cream is so tasty it’s impossible to have just one scoop!

Recipe for Vanilla Bean & Berry Swirl

Tipsy Tart & Custard Ice Cream

A true South African favourite made into an ice cream, what could be better?

Recipe for Tipsy Tart & Custard Ice Cream

Frozen Dessert - Tequila Ice Cream recipe
Frozen dessert - Pretzel Ice Cream recipe

Coffee Tequila Ice Cream with Smashed Melted Puffs

A seriously adult dessert with a little bit of childhood nostalgia.

Recipe for Coffee Tequila Ice Cream with Melted Puffs

Salted Dark Chocolate, Pretzel & Caramel Rippled Ice Cream

Every flavour is enhanced with just a pinch of salt.

Recipe for Salted Dark Chocolate, Pretzel & Caramel Rippled Ice Cream

Frozen Dessert – Ice Lollies

Ice lollies are generally made from a flavoured liquid that is frozen. They are made mostly from fruit juice, although there are trends popping up where ice lollies are being made with alcohol or cocktails. They are set in a mould, with a wooden stick used for a handle. Ice lollies are being used more and more as dessert recipes and not just mobile lolly to eat while on the go.

Frozen Dessert - Lime and Mint Lollies recipe
Frozen Dessert - Pina Colada Lollies recipe

Fresh Lemonade & Mint Popsicle

Fresh and minty and oh-so-yum!

Recipe for Lemonade & Mint Popsicle

Chocolate Coated Pine Colada Popsicles

A summery treat full of tropical flavour!

Recipe for Chocolate Coated Pine Colada Popsicles

Frozen Dessert - Blueberry Cheesecake Ice cream recipe
Frozen dessert - Chocolate Lollies recipe

Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicle

Cheesecake on a stick – yes please!

Recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicle

Chocolate Lollies With Candy

These are so easy to make and kids will love them.

Recipe for Chocolate Lollies with Candy

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frozen dessert

Triple Berry Blaster Lollies

With layers of strawberries, cherries and blueberries, this screams summer and looks fun and enticing too.

Recipe for Triple Berry Blaster Lollies

Watermelon Refresher Lollies

Made only with watermelon, coconut cream and a mix of kiwi, spinach and mint, these are not only delicious, but they’re pretty healthy too.

Recipe for Watermelon Refresher Lollies

Frozen Desserts – Semifreddo

Semifreddo is the Italian word for semi-frozen. This dessert is made using eggs, sugar and cream, as a result, the texture is reminiscent of frozen mousse.

Frozen Dessert - Clemengold Semifreddo recipe
Frozen Dessert - White Chocolate Semi Freddo recipe

Clemengold & Salted Almond Brittle Semifreddo

Sublime Clemongold flavoured semifreddo with the added crunch from salted almond brittle – yum!

Recipe for Clemengold & Salted Almond Brittle Semifreddo

White Chocolate Semifreddo

Made with white chocolate and is infused with the delicate heady flavour of cardamom.

Recipe for White Chocolate Semifreddo

Frozen Desserts – Sorbet

Sorbet is defined as frozen sweetened water and flavoured with fruit juice, puree or even liqueur. Similarly to ice cream, sorbets are also churned to create a smooth texture, with little to none ice crystals.

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frozen dessert

Basil Oil & Raspberry Sorbet

This easy sorbet is a light dessert perfect for warmer weather days and paired with sticky, crunchy meringue, it’s a sure win!

Recipe for Basil Oil & Raspberry Sorbet

Berry Sorbet In Orange Cups

This beautiful and colourful sorbet duo will tantalize your tastebuds!

Recipe for Berry Sorbet

Frozen Desserts – Yoghurt

Frozen yoghurt is made with yoghurt as the name suggests. It’s generally lower in fat as it makes use of the milk in the yoghurt, rather than cream and may contain the natural bacteria found in yoghurt.

Frozen Dessert - Nut Butter Froyo Lollies
Frozen Dessert - Mango Popsicles recipe

Frozen Yoghurt & Nut Butter Pops

These are LCHF/Banting friendly and are a fabulous sweet treat that’s healthy too.

Recipe for Frozen Yoghurt & Nut Butter Pops

Mango Popsicles with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt

We love the summery local flavour of these lollies.

Recipe for Mango Popsicles with Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt

Frozen Dessert – Parfait

Parfait can be defined as a frozen dessert and is made from sugar syrup, eggs and cream. The process requires the sugar syrup to be beaten into egg whites and folded into a flavour base, the mixture can also be lightened with whipped cream. Parfaits are often described as frozen mousses.

Frozen Dessert - Frozen Mango 'Souffle' with Coconut Cream Sauce
Frozen Dessert - Frozen Apricot with Ginger Nuts yoghurt recipe

Frozen Mango ‘Souffle’ with Coconut Cream Sauce

Don’t let the name put you off, these are simply parfaits because you’ll really love this summery dessert!

Recipe for Frozen Mango Souffle With Coconut Cream Sauce

Frozen Apricot Parfait

This is a simple, wonderfully light and fruity frozen dessert that will have your guests wondering what Cordon Bleu school you attended.

Recipe for Frozen Apricot Parfait

Frozen Dessert – Vegan Ice Cream

The number one challenge with creating vegan ice cream is mimicking the creamy custard base you get from dairy. Sure, you could always freeze bananas and blitz them within an inch of their life… but that’s a problem if you don’t eat bananas, plus the banana method doesn’t quite get around the icy texture. This recipe puts all those worries to rest, not only is it vegan, but it’s super easy, reasonably cost-effective and requires no ice cream machine.

Recipe for Tropical Vegan Coconut, Mango & Lemon Ice Cream

frozen dessert vegan ice cream

Frozen Dessert – Granita

A semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and flavours, similar to a sorbet. Scrape a granita as it freezes to produce separate crystals compared to churning the sorbet to ensure a smooth texture.

Frozen Dessert - Pineapple & Lemon Granita recipe

Pineapple & Lemon Granita Recipe

This is an incredibly fresh and tangy bite that is perfect to serve as a palate cleanser in-between courses, or as a light refreshing dessert on a hot summers day.

Recipe for Pineapple & Lemon Granita

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  1. I made the blueberry and cheesecake popsicle and pina colada popsicles for dessert on Sunday which went down very well but I need to know about the chocolate oating on the pina colada. … the recipe says the chocolate will set immediately but all that happened was the chocolate fell straight off! I eventually made a plan to get it to stick but it didn’t look all smooth and beautiful as in your picture.

  2. Hi Di, that’s a good question. We would suggest maybe adding a tablespoon or so of coconut oil to the chocolate when melted – the coconut oil freezes well and helps the chocolate set. It’s like a homemade version of ‘Ice Cap’ and causes the chocolate to freeze more easily. Hope this helps.

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