Super Lemon Ice Cream


This lemon ice cream is tart, tangy, and very refreshing in the summer!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
12 hrs 45 mins


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ⅛ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest

  • 5 large egg yolks

  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice


  1. Combine heavy cream, sugar, half-and-half, 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 the saucepan, and allow to steep for 10 minutes.

  2. Uncover the saucepan and bring back to a simmer over low heat. Beat egg yolks in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk 1 cup hot cream mixture into eggs, several tablespoons at a time. (This brings eggs up to temperature without scrambling them.) Stir egg mixture back into cream mixture in the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; cover and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Stir lemon juice into chiled ice cream mixture. Freeze in a 4- to 5-quart ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer ice cream to a lidded freezer container, then freeze for about 4 hours to ripen flavors before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

315 Calories
23g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 315
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 177mg 59%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 102mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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