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Philadelphia Ice Cream

Philadelphia ice cream, also known as American ice cream or New York ice cream, is a classic dessert. It provides a lighter, refreshing ice cream that’s perfect for a wide range of add-ins including fruit, chocolate or nuts. For those that find ice cream made with eggs too heavy and “eggy”, this is the recipe for you.

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Soft serve texture straight from the ice cream machine.

Why you should love Philadelphia ice cream

  • It has fantastic taste and is easier on the stomach than heavy French-style ice creams.
  • There is no cooking so it’s quick to make.
  • This base is versatile and works well with many flavours.

3 tips for better Philadelphia ice cream

  • Adjust the fridge to its coldest setting so that the milk and cream are really cold before churning.
  • If you use an ice cream maker that requires pre-freezing the bowl, adjust the setting to its coldest.
  • Philadelphia ice cream doesn’t tend to store well for long periods – it’s best eaten within a few days of churning.

Optional ingredients that will lift your ice cream to another level.

Vanilla Ice Cream RecipeI love this recipe for its simplicity. That said, you can add extra ingredients to improve the ice cream’s stability and texture.

Alcohol: Add 2 tablespoons of vodka (at least 40% proof) to your ice cream during churning. This reduces the freezing point of the ice cream and produces an easier to scoop, softer ice cream.

Egg: You could also consider adding a raw egg during whisking; however, there are Salmonella risks involved in doing this so keep it in mind. These act as a stabiliser and will increase the life of your dessert.

Skim Milk Powder: Create an ice cream with more body and a delicious creamy mouthfeel using milk powder. I’ll sometimes add 2 tablespoons during the whisking stage. 

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Philadelphia Ice Cream Recipe

Creamy white ice cream recipe that doesn't use eggs.
Prep Time5 mins
Freeze time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream, philadelphia, vanilla


  • 2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Whisk cream, milk, and sugar in a medium bowl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in vanilla.
  • Add mixture to your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions to churn.
  • Add ice cream to an air-tight plastic container and put in the fridge for 2 hours to harden up.


If you like soft serve consistency in your ice cream then you can eat straight from the ice cream maker.


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