Em’s Favorite Lemon Ice Cream

In most parts of the country, spring has sprung, the weather is warming up and this means it’s a great time to start thinking about ice cream.  Oh sure, you can go to the market and buy ice cream pretty much any time of year but there’s just something really satisfying about making your own.  Lucky for me, I have the ice-cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer… but that’s just one option. Cuisinart makes a few good ones as do Hamilton Beach, Rival and Villa Ware.  You can even search the internet for instructions on making ice cream without a machine at all!  I’ve made ice cream more times than I can count.  DH loves coffee ice cream… DS loves mint chocolate chip ice cream… DD loves bubble gum ice cream… and me?  Well, heck, that’s an absolute no brainer cuz if you know me as well as I think you do, you know I love LEMON ice cream :) :) :)

There’s a basic recipe I always return to for making ice cream.  The ingredients are simple… cream, milk, sugar and flavoring… and I use this as my starting point any time I’m not making a cooked custard base.  Considering I’m insanely lazy, it’s rare that I actually do start by making a cooked custard base. And usually I find there’s no need because this simple base is rave-worthy good as it is.  To make it taste even richer (and more like custard) I add a couple of tablespoons of Jell-o brand Instant Pudding cheesecake flavor… the dry mix.  It’s optional but I do find it gives the ice cream a richer flavor.

I’m sure you could easily adapt this recipe for pretty much any citrus fruit that strikes your fancy.  Orange, lime and grapefruit come to mind but you could also try other fruits as well.  This is quick, this is easy and this is absolutely delicious.  So refreshing, especially on a hot summer day!

Click for printable recipe

Em’s Favorite Lemon Ice Cream


  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 2 large lemons
  • 2 tablespoons Jell-o brand instant pudding – cheesecake flavor (dry/powder mix)
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)


In a large bowl combine the lemon zest and sugar.  Using your fingers, mix the zest and the sugar until moist and fragrant.  Add the milk, cream and cheesecake mix.  Using a wire wisk, combine well until the sugar is pretty much dissolved.  Add the food coloring and stir to combine.  Pour in the lemon juice – the mixture will immediately thicken – and wisk to combine well.  Pour immediately into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  When done, pour into sealable container and freeze for at least two hours or until set.

Have a delicious day!

Bookmark and Share

11 Responses to "Em’s Favorite Lemon Ice Cream"

  1. Coleen says:

    What a beautiful photograph of a delightfully refreshing dessert!!

  2. Jamie says:

    This ice cream looks so amazing and refreshing! Yum!!!

  3. This sounds delicious! I am completely in love with lemons this year. Will definitely be making this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Val says:

    The picture. Oh my. What a picture!

    The recipe sounds so simple, never would have thought of adding the cheesecake mix. Great sounding recipe & definitely going into my "This Summer" recipe file. What a perfect summer treat!

    Thank you for sharing your photos & recipe. ;o}

  5. Elyse says:

    I love your Jell-O pudding trick!! So good to know. This ice cream looks delicious, and totally perfect for the beautiful weather beckoning me from outside my window. I can’t wait to whip up a batch of homemade ice cream. I’m tempted to head into the kitchen to do it right now.

  6. Michelle says:

    No kidding? Jello? I love that. So simple! I’ve been on an ice cream and sorbet kick. I’m bookmarking this right now. Thanks!

  7. Marguerita says:

    This looks delicious. I will definitely be making good use of my ice cream machine this summer (much to the delight of my boyfriend and his roommate!).

  8. ingrid says:

    Hm, I’m not certain I’ve seen lemon ice cream?! Or at least I can’t remember.

    I’ve been on an ice cream kick myself.

    Your hybrid lemon bars are cooling as we speak or as I type this. I’ll drop you an email with how it went and what everyone thought about the bars. :)

  9. Wendy says:

    Your ice cream looks delicious and refreshing. YUM.

  10. [...] can’t quite describe it but I can tell you it’s damn good!  No matter how much I love lemon ice cream it just doesn’t have the same smoothness as lemon gelato.  Now, don’t get me [...]

  11. Hello, just doing some research for my Hamilton Beach site. Truly more information than you can imagine on the web. Wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but nice site. Take care.

Leave a Reply

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin