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Lemon Gelato


Lemon gelato is cold and refreshing! Great for a hot summer day. This recipe is so simple to make it will become one of your favorites.

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  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Makes 1 quart


Servings 1
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Step 1

Combine the milk, sugar, and lemon zest in a saucepan. Bring the mixture just to a simmer over medium heat.

Remove from the heat. Cover the saucepan and allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes.

Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large measuring cup.

In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and heavy cream. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the egg and cream mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.

Stir in the vanilla extract.

Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold, 4 to 5 hours.

Stir the lemon juice into the gelato mixture.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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