You know how in general conversation, someone might say “I like _____”? Well, that is a dangerous thing to say around me. If it is food related, I will try my best to make that item. And it doesn’t matter what it is…candy bars, brand name cookies, snack cakes, ice cream!
A few years ago Mom T. said that she liked lemon ice cream. Lemon ice cream- I had never had it (you all know that I love chocolate, so this probably comes as no surprise that I had never had lemon ice cream!). Turns out, I had a recipe written down in a notebook! Only 4 ingredients go into this ice cream so it’s easy to make! There are no eggs in the recipe, so the end result is a light, refreshing ice cream.
Note: I had written this recipe down long before I started reading blogs (and blogging), so I apologize that I don’t know the original source.
Lemon Ice Cream
Prep time: 6 hours + 40 minutes (10 minutes active, 6 hours resting, 30 minutes churning)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
zest of 2 lemons
2 cups half and half
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk together until the mixture is combined and you don’t feel any sugar on the bottom of the bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
After 4 hours, give the mixture a quick whisk and pour into your ice cream machine. Follow the manufacturers directions (mine takes about 30 minutes). Once the ice cream is ready (will be of a soft-serve consistency), scoop into a freezer container and freeze until firm (about 2 hours). Serve and enjoy!
Note: My zester is more for cheese or chocolate, it doesn’t give me really fine zest like a microplane would. So once I zest my lemons, I put the zest (along with 1/2 cup of the recommended sugar) into a small food processor. I process this for about 30 seconds. This helps make the zest a little smaller for the ice cream. This step isn’t necessary, it’s just what I prefer. If you don’t want the zest in the finished ice cream at all, you could always strain the mixture as you pour it into your ice cream machine.
Made with love, not calories!