Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Creamy homemade lemon curd ice cream. A sweet frozen treat, perfect for summer or any time!

Creamy homemade lemon curd ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

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Creamy homemade lemon curd ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ll happily enjoy ice cream year round, but most of my ice cream making happens during the warmer months. I’m sure that’s pretty common. I was itching to get going this season and couldn’t resist adding one of my absolute favorite spring flavors to a creamy ice cream, especially since I’ve never made a lemon ice cream or frozen treat of any kind! It was long overdue!

This lemon curd ice cream did not disappoint one bit. The second we scooped into it, there was no looking back. Irresistible! A nice mellow lemon flavor with a super creamy consistency. Absolute perfection! Even better, this ice cream is easy to scoop straight from the freezer! No sitting back and waiting for it to thaw a bit on the counter, just scoop and enjoy!

I have a lot of ice cream loves, but this is definitely up at the top! And for good reason!

Kick off homemade ice cream season with this fun lemon curd ice cream! You’ll be glad you did!

Creamy homemade lemon curd ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Creamy homemade lemon curd ice cream. A sweet frozen treat, perfect for summer or any time!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time1 day 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream, Lemon
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 C lemon curd


  • Add 1/2C heavy cream to a medium 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 yolks while slowly adding 1 cup warm milk mixture. Pour egg mixture into saucepan. Continue cooking until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Pour through a mesh strainer into reserved heavy cream. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, roughly 4-6 hours or overnight. 
  • Churn according to manufacturer's directions. In the last several minutes of churning, add spoonfuls of lemon curd. Continue churning until fully combined. Transfer 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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Creamy homemade lemon curd ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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26 Responses to “Lemon Curd Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Catherine — May 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Dear Rachel, your ice cream looks so creamy and delightful. I love the zesty burst of lemon from the curd mixed into this…such a refreshing summer treat. xo, Catherine

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      Rachel — May 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Catherine!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — May 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

    What a beautiful summer flavor Rachel! I love lemon curd. This must be dreamy. Happy long weekend!

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      Rachel — May 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Allie!

  3. #
    Marye — May 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    This looks amazing! I love lemon curd, putting it into ice cream is brilliant!

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      Rachel — May 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Marye!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — May 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I can’t wait to see the helmet when it’s all finished! I wish I could find a picture of our paper mache dolls we used to make to show you. This lemon curd ice cream is so perfect for summer. I’m thinking I need to get the ice cream machine out this weekend and make some!

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      Rachel — May 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      If you ever find a picture, I’d love to see! And you totally need to whip out the ice cream machine. It’s time! :)

  5. #
    Taylor Kiser — May 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This lemon curd ice cream screams summer! Your photos are just gorgeous and so tempting!

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      Rachel — May 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Taylor!

  6. #
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets — May 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    This sounds amazing! Lemony and rich. Perfect combo!

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      Rachel — May 28, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Thanks Allison!

  7. #
    Jessica Wilson - sweetooth — May 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    YUM! Just the perfect summertime treat. Rachel, is it possible to just leave the mixture in the freezer for a long time?? I don’t have an ice cream maker.

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      Rachel — May 29, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I haven’t personally tried making it without an ice cream maker. But, after some poking around, the suggestions are to either whip the heavy cream and fold all the custard in with the whipped cream or add the chilled mixture to the freezer and toss or whip it every few hours. You basically want to find a way to incorporate some air into it, since that’s what the ice cream maker does. Good luck!! :)

  8. #
    Michael Price — May 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Rachel
    sounds very tasty.Unfortunately I do not have an ice cream maker,
    Not to worry I thought .an advert from amazon appeared on your mail.and then
    rip of britain stepped in—-
    Cuisinart ice cream maker Amazon,com (America) $47.95 quite affordable,
    ditto Amazon.co.uk(Britain)) £191 60.
    I think I,l emigrate,
    Mike Strainer .com $22.99
    .co.uk £87,86

    • #
      Rachel — May 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I’m glad you were able to find them! Enjoy the ice cream :)

  9. #
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — May 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is basically like a dream come true. The recipe title stopped me in my tracks!! Lemon curd in the form of ice cream!!??? Sign me up dude!! Awesome photos rachel!

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      Rachel — May 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Karen!

  10. #
    Christine — June 3, 2016 at 6:13 am

    A perfect and a refreshing summer treat! Looks amazing. Thanks for the recipe Rachel :)

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      Rachel — June 3, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Christine!

  11. #
    Eva — June 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I cant wait to try this! ;) Pinned!

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      Rachel — June 3, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Eva!

  12. #
    Kat — July 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    can’t wait to make this – wondering if the idea to leave a cup of cream out until the end is to cool it ? or what is the reason – there are so many different recipes out there some who put all the ingredients in and raise the temp slowly some that temper the eggs – and then yours – where you add it all at the end to the cream/milk after the heating etc.

    still waiting for my black raspberry to cool – lol… thanks for posting such yummy recipes!

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      Rachel — July 8, 2016 at 7:14 am

      This is the method I’ve been using for years and it works great. I hope you enjoy it!

  13. #
    Karen — August 5, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    This was truly wonderful. The best of both worlds. Thanks for a super recipe!

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      Rachel — August 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Karen! :)

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