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Lemon Ice Cream


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  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely-grated fresh lemon zest
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon limoncello (or other lemon-flavored liqueur or grappa)


Servings 1


Step 1

In a medium, heavy saucepan, bring the cream, half-and-half, sugar, and zest to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is melted. Remove from the heat.

In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. In a slow stream, whisking constantly, add about 1 cup of the hot cream mixture to the egg yolks. Beat until well incorporated.

Return the yolk mixture to the saucepan with the hot cream and bring to a bare simmer. Cook until a thick custard forms, and the mixture reaches 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 6 minutes.

Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Stir in the lemon juice and limoncello, and cover with plastic wrap, pressing down against the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well-chilled, about 2 hours.

Transfer to an ice-cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight plastic container and freeze until ready to serve.

This recipe yields 1 quart.

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