Bright lemon flavor tamed a bit by sweetness. It is rich and thick, comforting, like a big, dairy hug.

Lemon Ice Cream with Crushed Blueberries

Course: Chilled Dessert, Dessert, Frozen, Ice Cream, Summer Dessert
Cuisine: Sweet
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Nancy Mock
One of my most favorite flavor combinations: lemon and vanilla! They make a cool and refreshing ice cream and it's beautiful when paired with summer blueberries. 
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  • 4 medium lemons (from these you will get the zest as well as 3/4-cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice)
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half, divided
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Zest the 4 lemons and set the zest aside. Slice each lemon in half and squeeze out the juice (watch out for rogue seeds!) The lemons should give you about 1/2 cup of juice.

Make the custard:

  • Whisk together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat the zest, lemon juice, 1 cup of the sugar and the eggs. Stir them until the mixture is just beginning to warm through.
  • Add in 1 cup of the half-and-half and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Increase the heat to medium and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, just until it begins to thicken - about 5-6 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the custard into a large heat-proof bowl.
  • Allow the custard to cool slightly on the counter for about 20 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge, leaving it in until very cold: 2 hours.

Make the ice cream:

  • Once the custard is chilled whisk in the remaining 1 cup of half-and-half.
  • Pour the custard into the bowl of your ice cream maker and freeze it following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Meanwhile, place the blueberries into a small bowl. Add in the remaining granulated sugar and the remaining vanilla extract. Toss the blueberries with a large spoon to mix everything together. Use the back of the large spoon to gently crush the berries, so that they are juicy but still with large pieces of berry.
  • Once the ice cream is ready, scoop it into six serving dishes. Divide the crushed, vanilla-sugary blueberries over the tops of the ice cream. Serve immediately, and listen to the applause from your hungry fans.
  • Makes 3-3-1/2 cups of ice cream. 6 servings of ice cream with blueberries.


NOTE: This recipe requires an ice cream maker, and also time for the prepared custard to chill in the refrigerator.

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Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 43.6mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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