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Lemon Ice Cream

You say you don't have an ice cream freezer? This is an old-fashioned "still-freezing" recipe, and it does not require one. Eating this, it tastes like the ice cream version of our very special Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie. You will find it creamy and delicious.
  • Finely grated zest of 3 lemons
  • ½ cup Fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Half-and-half, or substitute 3 parts milk to 1 part cream
  • 4 large Egg yolks
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups Heavy cream

In a heavy bowl, combine the lemon zest and lemon juice, and stir in the sugar with a fork. Let it stand for 30 minutes. The sugar helps release the flavor of the zest. Scald the half-and-half over medium heat and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and salt with a mixer until well blended. Slowly add about half of the scalded half-and-half and stir gently. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook the custard over medium to low heat stirring constantly until it is thick enough to cover the back of a spoon. Do not let it boil or it will curdle.

Immediately remove it from the heat and strain the custard into a large bowl. Stir in the lemon mixture and the heavy cream.

Lay a sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Or you can "still-freeze" this ice cream, as well; it just will not be as smooth.

When the ice cream is thickened and frozen, cover it and place it in the freezer until firm. Let it soften slightly in the refrigerator before serving.

"Still-Freezing" Ice Cream

This method can be used if you do not have an ice cream maker. Place the prepared mixture in 1 or 2 shallow metal pans, such as cake pans. Place in the freezer until firm around the edges, but still slushy in the middle, usually about 20 to 45 minutes.

Remove the pans from the freezer and stir the firm and liquid portions together with a wooden spoon. Return to the freezer until the mixture is again firm around edges. Repeat this step 1 or 2 more times until it is uniformly frozen the last time. Let the mixture soften slightly in the refrigerator before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

Prep time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Total time: 12 hours 30 minutes

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Interested in making your own ice cream? We try out the new countertop electric ice cream machines in our article Homemade Ice Cream from the New Countertop Freezers.
Kitchen tools you'll need: Saucepan, Electric Mixer, Mixing Bowls
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