This super easy Christmas ice cream that doesn’t require churning is the perfect accompaniment for your festive desserts or enjoyed simply on its own. Made with the addition of boozy Baileys and low sugar mincemeat this ice cream can be made ahead for an easy, yet tasty alternative Christmas dessert!
There are so many wonderful flavours and foods that we enjoy over the festive period but two that are up there for me are mince pies filled with lots of tasty mincemeat and the wonderful creaminess of Baileys. And, I can tell you that the two together are a combination you will definitely want to try. But instead of a little glass of baileys with your mince pie why not just enjoy it in ice cream?
Now I am sure some of you, as I did, think what an unnecessary faff making your own ice cream. But actually, this is so easy to make, avoids all the extra hidden nasties, and is a great way to enjoy those festive flavours in a tasty ice cream. It also makes a great dessert alternative that is a lot lighter than some of the other heavier puds that are popular this time of the year.
This easy Christmas ice cream has added ingredients of baileys and mincemeat. You could of course just use shop-bought mincemeat but why not try my very easy, MINCEMEAT WITHOUT SUET (OR ADDED SUGAR)
Making your own mincemeat is seriously easy as well helping to reduce the overall carb count in the overall recipe.
Why Make Homemade Ice Cream?
Homemade ice cream is quite possibly one of the quickest and easiest swaps I have discovered in helping manage blood sugar levels whilst enjoying a sweet treat. I promise you that for just a little extra effort it really is worth giving it a try.
Switching out the added sugar which is commonly found in these products, not only reduces the overall carb count but also helps us to reduce blood sugar spikes. This is not only because the sugar alternative used, doesn’t raise blood sugar levels, but the fat in the cream works on slowing down the release of glucose into the bloodstream.
My favourite sugar substitute to use is xylitol, and in this recipe, I use it in its powdered form. I use Bon Raw Natural Sweetener Powdered (xylitol) which is a natural white sweetener, and due to its low glycaemic index doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar levels. But it takes a little experimenting to find the alternatives you like the taste of and if you are interested in reading more about using sugar substitutes then check out my article below.
The world of sugar substitutes and type 1 diabetes can be confusing. This guide explores substitutes in the UK and diabetes management
Making your ice cream at home also means that there are no artificial ingredients, thickeners, or additional stabilisers which are commonly added to keep it “fresh”. You are in control of what goes in!
What you will need for the Easy Christmas Ice Cream
- Double cream
- An essential ingredient for making ice cream
- High in both saturated and mono-unsaturated fats
- Baileys Irish Cream
- An Irish cream liqueur which is a blend of whiskey and cream
- You could of course also use supermarket branded versions
- A mixture of chopped dried fruit, spices and alcohol
- You can use shop bought or try my tasty MINCEMEAT WITHOUT SUET (OR ADDED SUGAR) recipe
- Sugar Alternative
- I used Xylitol but you could also use any sweetener you prefer
- If you use different sweeteners like sucralose or stevia, remember to convert your quantity. Most brands have this information on their websites.
- You can find a list of my recommended products that I use on my shop page!
How to make easy Christmas ice cream
It really couldn’t be easier to make this ice cream as there is no churning involved. But I would advise using a hand whisk or mixer otherwise you will get very tired arms doing this by hand!
Using a hand whisk or mixer, whisk the cream and sweetener until beautifully whipped. Reduce the speed and slowly add the baileys. Make sure it is well combined. Then finally gently fold in the mincemeat.
Pour the creamy mixture into either a sealable container or loaf tin. Place a piece of greaseproof on top to stop ice crystals from forming, put the lid on or wrap a little clingfilm over it and pop it in the freezer.
How long does it take no churn ice cream to freeze?
There are a few things to consider that will affect your freezing time of your no churn ice cream. But ultimately Homemade ice cream takes around 6-8 hours to freeze
- Firstly how deep your container is. A deep loaf tin or tupperware container will take longer to freeze all the way through compared t a shallower dish.
- What you have added to your cream mixture. The addition of the Baileys (an additional liquid) in this recipe will make it freeze a little slower
- The temperature of your freezer – The temperature and how full your freezer is will both affect the freezing time of ice cream. I have my freezer set at -20 C.
I would advise making your ice cream in advance which means you have ne less thing to think about and can then enjoy at your leisure.
Storage and serving of homemade ice cream
This Christmas ice cream should keep happily in your freezer if properly stored and sealed (as recommended above) for around 2 months
This is also quite a soft ice cream, which could be due to the added alcohol, so serve it straight away from the freezer.
This Ice cream is great as a dessert straight from the freezer but here are some other ways to enjoy your ice cream:
- As an accompaniment to your more traditional Christmas desserts like a mince pie or Christmas pudding.
- Served on top of a meringue base to make an ice cream pavlova pudding
- As a Christmas-inspired Affagato – Simply place a scoop of Christmas ice cream into a coffee cup and pour a hot espresso shot over it
If you love an easy dessert then why not take a look at these other make-ahead puds:
The total overall carb count for this easy Christmas ice cream based on the ingredients we used and would count for is:
- 600ml of double cream= 9.6g of carbs
- 250g of MINCEMEAT WITHOUT SUET (OR ADDED SUGAR) = 96.25g of carbs
Now add all the carbs together – 9.6+96.25 = 105.85 g of carbs
Finally divide this by the serving size, 8 – 105.85/8 = 13g of carb per serving
Please note this carb count amount per portion is based on the standard ingredients listed above and may differ depending on what you use and how much you choose to eat.
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