Lemon Ice Cream Perfect For Summer

Desserts | June 23, 2010 | By

Refreshing Ice Cream Recipe Perfect For A Summer BBQ

When it comes to desserts I’m more of a lemon guy.  This lemon ice cream really does the trick for me.  It’s creamy and tangy and full of lemon flavor without being overwhelming.  I sort of think of it as lemon curd in ice cream form.

This recipe is perfect for a Summer BBQ.

Lemon Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • Zest stripped from 2 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine the milk, cream, lemon zest and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until almost simmering. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and the salt in a bowl. Slowly pour the hot liquid into the egg mixture, whisking as you pour. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook, over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a heat-resistant plastic or a wooden spatula, until the custard reaches 175°F and lightly coats the spatula.

Strain the custard into a clean bowl and cool over an ice bath until room temperature. Stir in the lemon juice. Refrigerate the custard for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Churn in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze until scoopable, about 4 hours, depending on your freezer.


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    June 24, 2010

    beautiful!! I love the idea of lemon ice-cream.

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    June 24, 2010

    This looks so good. I love lemon anything, so I'll definitely be giving this a try. Great pics and great blog!

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    Carolyn Jung
    June 24, 2010

    I have a Meyer lemon tree in my yard that has a gazillion tiny lemons forming on it. Now, I know what I'm going to do with all of them — make A LOT of yummy ice cream. 😉

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