Lemon ice cream

    12 hours 15 min

    This lemon ice cream has both lemon juice and lemon zest added to give it a tart, refreshing flavour. The addition of a lot of cream and egg yolks makes it rich and smooth.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 475ml whipping cream
    • 235ml single cream
    • 225g caster sugar
    • 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest
    • 5 egg yolks
    • 180ml fresh lemon juice

    Prep:15min  ›  Extra time:12hr chilling  ›  Ready in:12hr15min 

    1. Combine whipping cream, single cream, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan; bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover saucepan and allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes.
    2. Uncover pan and bring back to a simmer over low heat. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl. Gradually stir about 250ml of the hot cream mixture into the eggs, several tablespoons at a time. This will help to bring the eggs up to temperature without scrambling them. Stir the egg mixture back into the cream mixture in the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until the mixture just coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; cover. Store in fridge overnight.
    3. Stir the lemon juice into the cold ice cream mixture. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer ice cream to a lidded freezer container. For best flavour results freeze for 4 hours before serving.

    Recently viewed

    Reviews & ratings
    Average global rating:

    Reviews in English (69)


    I had to join Allrecipes just to review this ice cream! I chose this recipe due to the inclusion of egg yolks and the making of a custard, which is my preferred method of ice cream making. But I had no idea it would be this good! I substituted raw honey for sugar which worked brilliantly with the lemon flavour. Agree with reviewer who mentioned zest - it seemed to form big clumps in my ice cream maker, but it wasn't too much of a chore to eat those chewy bits so no one noticed!!  -  15 Apr 2017


    I'm not really sure why none of the 900-some people who have saved this recipe haven't reviewed it because it is amazing! I've never made ice cream before and my mom wanted lemon ice cream for her birthday, so I researched a ton of recipes and decided this is the one I would attempt. What a great decision that was! This recipe was easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious!  -  18 Sep 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    OMG! Yum!!! I got an ice cream maker for Mother's Day and have used it to make sorbet so far. This was my first ice cream recipe. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors, so I was super excited to try this one! It is ridiculously good! Even though I had to substitute 1/2 cup of Splenda for the sugar because I managed to run out with all the baking I've been doing, it came out with a nice balance of tart and sweet. Creamy, delicious, a winner!  -  22 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

    Write a review

    Click on stars to rate