Blood Orange Ice Cream

Creamy homemade custard based blood orange ice cream. A fun frozen treat!

Creamy homemade blood orange ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

So, did you watch the game? The end was intense! I won’t get into the poor sportsmanship… if you saw it, you know what I mean. Pathetic. Did you have a favorite commercial? I thought many were well done and memorable while others fell short. That’s an enormous amount of wasted money for a failed commercial. But hey, at least it’s not my money wasted. Loved the halftime show. It’s the first in a long time I’ve really enjoyed. The stage was amazing and so glad she wasn’t lip syncing like so many others did in previous years. It all seemed very Hunger Games-esque. Apparently I’m not the only one that noticed that.

In other news… snow. More. Snow. Apparently another foot plus hitting us today, as if we needed more after last week’s blizzard. Is it Spring yet? I’ll be saying that for the next few months. Just giving you a heads-up. I’ll try not to complain too much, but a point will hit when enough is enough… that really should’ve been last week.

Also, I’m seriously late to the game but I started watching Parenthood last week. It took me long enough, but now I’m already glued and binge watching. It’s easy to do when there are no commercials to skip through. No spoilers please.

Creamy homemade blood orange ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It might be kind of odd that I’m sharing an ice cream recipe the day we’re being slammed by more snow but… ice cream is a year round treat and I wanted to share this while you could still find blood oranges in store. This is the first year I’ve seen any at my local store so I grabbed them while I could. I’m not really sure how long they’ll stick around, but it was a fun treat while I had the chance to enjoy them!

Sweet. Bright. Tasty. Just like this creamy ice cream.

I’m a huge sherbet fan, but I’ve found that homemade versions are often much harder than the varieties you’ll buy or find at local ice cream stands. So, I made a creamy blood orange ice cream instead. The same smooth flavorful frozen treat you expect of sherbet, but with a homemade custard base for perfectly creamy result.

An easy, creamy custard based blood orange ice cream, bursting with flavor! And yes, the chocolate sprinkles are completely necessary!

Creamy homemade blood orange ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Blood Orange Ice Cream

Creamy homemade custard based blood orange ice cream.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C blood orange juice freshly squeezed (roughly 6 oranges)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 drop Americolor super red optional


  • Add 1/2 cup heavy cream and vanilla to a large bowl with a mesh strainer set on top. Set aside.
  • Add milk, remaining 1 cup heavy cream, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until sugar has dissolved and mixture is steaming.
  • In a small bowl, whisk yolks, continue to whisk while slowly adding warm milk mixture into bowl. Pour egg mixture into saucepan. Continue cooking until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Pour through mesh strainer into reserved 1/2 cup heavy cream. Stir in freshly squeezed orange juice and optional red food color. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, roughly 4-6 hours or overnight.
  • Churn according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container, freeze until firm.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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24 Responses to “Blood Orange Ice Cream”

  1. #
    elcoladorchino — February 2, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Brilliant! Looks delicious and the blood orange color makes it delicate

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Suné Moolman — February 2, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I always love your ice creams – this one looks particularly delicious!

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Thank you! :)

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I can’t lie. I did not watch the game. BUT, I also just started watching Parenthood last week, so you’re not alone!
    It’s not snowing here, so I can definitely justify eating this bright, citrusy ice cream! Gorgeous photos! Pinned!

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:18 am

      I’m seriously flying through. Can’t stop watching!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 2, 2015 at 7:58 am

    That game was CRAZY!! I didn’t really pay attention to the commercials although my fave was #likeagirl. Love this blood orange ice cream flavor!!

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:18 am

      The commercials were subpar this year, so you didn’t miss much.

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    Amy @Very Culinary — February 2, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I’m more of a fruit, than a chocolate ice cream gal. (I know, crazy.) This might be my favorite of yours. Absolutely gorgeous. Also? Yes to your entire first paragraph!

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:18 am

      You’d LOVE this!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — February 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    This ice cream is just so lovely. I adore blood oranges!

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Jocelyn!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Oh Gosh you will sob and laugh your way through Parenthood!!!

    • #
      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Laughing plenty but so far no tears.

  8. #
    Medeja — February 3, 2015 at 4:42 am

    The color looks so amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Thanks so much!

  9. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — February 3, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Yum and beautiful color! I eat ice cream year round too :)

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      Rachel — February 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Laura!

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    Amanda — February 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    The blood orange flavor sounds amazing and this has got to be the prettiest ice cream ever!

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      Rachel — February 4, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Thanks so much Amanda!

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    Kat Katrawitz — April 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Love ice cream, love blood oranges but not in season so will have to use ‘normal’ for now. Will do ‘The Real McCoy’ when they come into season. Not made ice cream for a while – last one was blackberry in Autumn. Spring is in the air – time to get the ice-cream maker out. Haven’t had orange for ages. Gonna give this one a go. Sounds bloody great. Kat. UK

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      Rachel — April 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    A Ashour — September 1, 2016 at 1:33 am

    My sister and I we did this ice cream, it was very tasty we plan to do this with other flavors
    We where not quite sure about the orange, because I never tried orange ice cream before this time, but pretty certain now orange ice cream is one of my favorites ice cream

    Thank you

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      Rachel — September 1, 2016 at 7:15 am

      So glad you both enjoyed it! :)

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