Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Preparation info

  • Makes

    1.75 litres

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Apples for Jam

Apples for Jam

By Tessa Kiros

Published 2010

  • About

This is for the lemon meringue cake, opposite, (because it gives you something perfect to make with your egg whites) but you can also just make this on its own and serve it with a bowl of cherries or raspberries. If you won’t be making the meringue layers, then freeze your egg whites until you need them to make pavlova.


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 180 g( oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 40 g( oz) butter, cut into bits
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 250 ml(9 fl oz/1 cup) milk
  • 375 ml(13 fl oz/ cups) pouring (single) cream


    Bring a pan half-full of water to the boil and then lower the heat to the absolute minimum. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a wide glass or stainless steel bowl and whisk until they are thick and creamy. Sit the bowl on top of the pan of water, add the butter and let it melt. Whisk until it starts to get thicker and creamier, then add the lemon zest and juice and carry on whisking until it thickens. It doesn’t have to be cooked out like a proper lemon curd, but just until it has thickened and the egg is cooked through from the warmth of the simmering water.

    Meanwhile, warm up the milk a little. Whisk it into the lemony eggs and then remove the bowl from the heat. Whisk from time to time until it’s cool before you whisk in the cream. Put the bowl in the fridge until it’s completely cool and then, if your bowl doesn’t have a lid, pour the mixture into one that does.

    Cover the bowl and put in the freezer. After an hour give the mixture an energetic whisk with a hand whisk or electric mixer. Put it back in the freezer and whisk again after another couple of hours. When the ice cream is nearly firm, give one last whisk and put it back in the freezer to set.

    Alternatively, pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and churn, following the manufacturer’s instructions.