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Lemon Ice Cream

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

Remember back in May, I was in Portland, OR for “Indulge” conference.

It was my very first food bloggers conference and it was truly indulgent! The highlight of that weekend was Saturday dinner at Southpark Seafood.  Not only was I in the company of fellow food bloggers, the food was absolutely delicious, from salmon to ribeye, from oysters to clam chowder, oh and all the desserts! I’ve tasted them all! If you’re in the area, do check out this restaurant. It’s a great place for a date night!

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

So why am I suddenly talking about this event from May? Well, because today’s dessert was totally inspired by this trip! Ever since I tried lemon ice cream at Southpark Seafood, I’ve been dreaming about it all summer long!!

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

I finally got a chance to make it at home and ready to share the recipe with you! I honestly didn’t have to try too hard. I used my vanilla bean ice cream recipe as a base, and simply added lemon juice instead of vanilla bean. And I’m totally smitten!

Slightly tangy, sweet and creamy! Incredibly refreshing and oh-so-addicting!

For this recipe, freshly squeezed lemon juice is non-negotiable. It makes all the difference in the world.

Lemon ice cream- step-by-step photo tutorial

Dust off your ice cream maker and make this ice cream! Pronto!

For now, I’ll forget about fall (no pumpkin stuff just yet!) and hold on to summer vibes for a little longer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Will you join me?

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

Happy churning, my friends! Thanks for visiting!

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Lemon Ice Cream

Hold onto summer with a bowl of this tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream! Refreshing and oh-so-addicting.

Yield: About 1 quart

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (120ml) milk
  • ½ cup (100gr) sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cup (360ml) heavy cream
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 3 medium lemons)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer milk and ¼ cup of sugar over medium low heat. Do NOT boil the milk.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with remaining ¼ cup of sugar, salt and lemon zest until nice and pale. To temper the egg yolk mixture, ladle some warm milk and whisk vigorously as you pour it. Now put the tempered egg yolk mixture back into the remaining milk. Continue to cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Don’t boil the mixture.
  3. Pour the heavy cream into a medium bowl. Place a sieve over the bowl. Transfer the custard mixture into the heavy cream through the sieve and add lemon juice. Whisk the mixture until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the custard. Cool completely. The custard can be refrigerated overnight.
  4. Once the custard is cooled, pour it into the prepared ice cream maker and run according to your specific ice cream maker manual.
  5. Transfer into airtight container, and store in the freezer.
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32 comments

  1. Ooo, this looks SO yummy! Congratulations on a double feature: this post was the most clicked at the Create & Share party this week!!

  2. This looks so refreshing and delicious! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  3. I’m always so amazed by you! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. I appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on Monday at 7.  Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. This looks amazing – lemon is my favorite and I try to keep summer alive year round with treats to enjoy.  Loving this recipe

  5. Sounds lovely.  I always forget how much I like lemon flavored desserts until I run across a recipe like this and start itching to taste it 😉

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The door is open now through Monday night.

  6. Surprisingly, i have never had lemon ice-cream. This looks so good. Found your blog through link party. I am sure we will keep bumping on each other…:)

  7. You’re killing me! I totally love ice cream and lemon is a huge flavor favorite. Yeah, I’ll hold onto summer a bit with you. 🙂

  8. Luscious looking ice cream. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What can be better than a homemade ice cream. Your recipe looks so delicious. Now, I just need to buy an ice-cream maker:)

  10. This looks delicious!  This past summer I became obsessed with lemons.  I have always loved the flavor but I took it to the next level with loads of lemon, water, lemon cake and any lemon recipe I could find. Pinning for later. Glad I found you on the Totally Terrific Link Up Party! 

  11. We love lemon anything at our house so this recipe is right up our alley! Sounds fantastic!!! 🙂

  12. I’ve never heard of lemon ice cream, only sorbet – I’m totally hooked! 🙂 

  13. oh, I so wanted to go to Indulge!!! Will you be at BlogHer Food this year? love this ice cream!!! Tangy-sweet-creamy lemon ice cream sounds so good!!!

  14. Hi Shinee, I’d love to try making this, but I don’t have an ice cream maker and wonder if this would still be yummy if I made it without one?  Any recommendations?  Should I try stirring it once it’s half frozen and then continue to freeze it?

    • Hi, Charlene! You know I’ve seen a few no-churn ice cream recipes online where the heavy cream is whipped to soft peaks and then gently folded into the custard. Then you freeze the whole thing. I’ve never tried this method, but I think that might work. If you try that method let me know how it turns out.

  15. How delicious! This ice cream looks so fantastic, I love that little drip that’s trying to climb out of the bowl. It’s in the perfect position. 🙂

  16. Yum! I’ve never had lemon ice cream, surprisingly, and this looks great!

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