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Lemon Curd Ice Cream

 This is a recipe that JP, our production manager, came up with. What makes this ice cream so good is that combination of zest and preserves. I love any kind of citrus zest in cooking – it’s brilliant and fresh and can lift almost anything. The preserves add a richness and fullness that can’t be found with just lemon juice and zest. If you didn’t know what you were tasting, you would recognise lemon straightaway, but there might be some difficulty in placing the earthy undertones that makes this ice cream so distinctive. It’s far more complex than any lemon ice cream I have ever come across, and has regular appearances in our scooping cabinet.



• 130 g sugar
• 5 egg yolks
• 240 ml cream
• 200 ml milk
• 50 g lemon curd
• Zest (grated peel) of one lemon
• 15 ml (1 tablespoon) lemon juice

What to do:

1. Beat in the egg yolks with the rest of the sugar until thick and pale yellow.
2. Bring the milk to a low simmer.
3. Beat the milk into the eggs and sugar in a slow stream.
4. Pour the mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
5. Stir continuously until the custard thickens slightly (around 65-70C) and just coats the back of a spoon. Don’t over-heat, though, because at around 76C you will scramble the eggs!
6. Immediately remove from the heat.
7. Add the lemon curd to the warm custard, stirring until it is dissolved.
8. Add the lemon zest.
9. Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool overnight.
10. Strain the lemon zest from the cool custard (unless you like it in there).
11. Whip the cream until it has doubled in volume (you should have soft peaks – don’t over-whip).
12. Fold the cream (gently stir) into the custard.
13. Add the lemon juice.
14. Freeze using a domestic ice cream machine, or cover and place in the freezer, stirring every few hours to break up the ice crystals.
15. If you’re using a domestic ice cream machine, transfer to a freezer-proof covered container when the ice cream has achieved a semi-solid consistency (around 15 minutes). Place it in the freezer, and continue to freeze until it is solid.

Yield: 8 servings


1. To pasteurise the eggs, heat the custard to 73C and maintain that temperature for at least 5 minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, though! If the custard goes any higher than 76C, the eggs will scramble. Immediately cover and place in the freezer until cool.

2. This is one of the recipes in our book.

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15 Responses to “Lemon Curd Ice Cream”

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  2. August 5th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Patricia Scarpin says:

    Oh, I love lemon curd. Transforming it into an ice cream flavor is genius!

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  4. August 5th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Rachel@fairycakeheaven says:

    mmmmmmmmmmm, made this from the book and loved it!!! Nothing beats lemon ice-cream!

  5. August 8th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Sarah Bell says:

    I absolutely love lemon curd!!!

  6. August 14th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Cashfordays says:

    I used to have a lemon tree…could have used this recipe back then

  7. August 14th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Kitchen Goddess says:

    I’ve got this bookmarked to make, I’m just waiting on the arrival of my ice cream maker, I wish it would hurry up!

  8. August 22nd, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Jeannette says:

    Do you recommend double cream for your ices? Another book I have says whipping cream is the one to use, I’d value your opinion. The other book is by Robin Weir and Caroline Liddell.

  9. February 16th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    David L says:

    I’ve seen many US recipes calling for half-and-half to be used in ice-cream recipes which I believe to be some sort of half cream and half milk product that you can buy in the US. I’m sure Kieran can correct that if I’m wrong. Whenever I’ve seen this in a recipe I’ve used half double cream and half full fat milk with good results. It depends on what you’re going for. From a health point of view the less fat the better but the fat helps to ice-cream to be creamy. Whipping cream works well too and has less fat but single cream just lacks the fat quantity – it’s too watery. If it’s quality you want go for double cream, always fresh of course, whipped up to the same consistency as the ice-cream mix, and folded in just before churning.

  10. February 16th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Kieran says:

    Thanks for that, David! Yes, half&half shouldn’t be used, really, as the product will probably come out icy without the full cream…

  11. February 17th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    David L says:

    This is a great recipe and I have a mouth watering variation everyone should try by using orange curd instead, made with Seville oranges which are in season right now in February. Make the most of the fruit while you can as it only comes around 1 month a year by using more of the curd in soufflés etc. and of course making Seville orange marmalade for your morning croissant! I’ll be making my batch at the weekend! Yum.

  12. March 31st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Hannah says:

    Oh I love it! Sounds so refreshing!

  13. June 22nd, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Stephanie says:

    Lemon curd, lemon zest and lemon juice – oh my! I’m in lemon heaven. Thanks for this recipe – can’t wait to try it.

  14. April 7th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    bell says:

    I made this during the weekend and it was perfect. The flavour of lemon is always a great way to end a meal and this ice cream is an absolutely irresistible finish. It was the smoothest ice cream I have ever made and so refreshing. Thanks for sharing it!

  15. April 7th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Kieran says:

    Thanks! I’ll tell JP.

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