Lime Ice Cream

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Last night we went to a Dave Matthews Band concert with Dara from Cookin’ Canuck and her husband. We had a great time! It was fun to sit under the stars and listen to some good tunes. We were out past my bed time, so this post will be short and sweet! We are churning up lime ice cream today on Two Peas and Their Pod.

Josh isn’t a huge ice cream fan, but he will eat a big bowl of lime ice cream.We made this ice cream when my brother and sister in law were visiting in June. They are ice cream connoisseurs and were kind enough to make Josh a batch of his favorite ice cream. This lime ice cream is creamy, tart, and refreshing. It is the perfect summer cool down dessert. We served a scoop along side a piece of fluffly lime angel food cake. Such a divine dessert!

Summer is not over yet, so get out your ice cream maker out and get churning!

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Lime Ice Cream

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  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Zest of 6 limes
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice depending on the tartness you prefer


  • 1. Combine egg yolks, sugar, and zest in a medium bowl and beat together until creamy.
  • 2. Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan at about medium-high heat, preferably by placing in a larger pot filled with water, as this prevents the milk mixture from boiling.
  • 3. Once the milk mixture is warm, temper the egg mixture by scooping small amounts of the milk and gradually adding to the eggs, stirring with each addition.
  • 4. After adding about 3 cups of the milk to the eggs, pour the tempered egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk.
  • 5. Stir for about 5 minutes until thickened. The custard will visibly stick to the back of a wooden spoon.
  • 6. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • 7. Strain custard with a fine mesh strainer.
  • 8. Right before churning, add lime juice and stir.
  • 9. Freeze according to ice cream maker instructions.

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If you like this lime ice cream, you might also like:

Lime Sherbet from Two Peas and Their Pod
Key Lime Pie Ice Cream from Erin’s Food Files
Blackberry Lime Sorbet from Annie’s Eats

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. That looks amazing! I have been craving anything lime lately! I will be making this tonight!!!
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  2. going to a DMB concert is waaaaaaaaay up on my bucket list! and now so is making this ice cream πŸ™‚

  3. This sounds so refreshing! I’ll bet it would make a great ice cream soda. We had a great time at the concert with you and Josh last night. So glad you could join us!

  4. This looks so good and I bet is ultra refreshing. Great photos!

    And very jealous of your trip to see Dave! I missed him in Pittsburgh this summer, oops!

  5. This sounds delicious. I’m with you on the making loads of ice cream in the summer! I just made a grilled peach and cinnamon crumble ice cream that turned out oh so summery and wonderful. I think I’ll have definitely to try this recipe. It sounds very refreshing. What are some of your other favorite homemade ice cream flavors?

  6. I love limes, but tend to prefer it in the savory rather than the sweet. I still find this ice cream very interesting. You don’t see citrus ice cream very often- mostly it’s just sorbet. I can imagine this as being like frozen key lime pie.

    You’re right. Summer isn’t over and I’m cranking out some ice cream!

  7. I’ve never had lime ice cream but I love the sound of it! So refreshing! Did you know Dave Matthews lives in my neighborhood? I love running into him. πŸ™‚

  8. Making ice cream is really that easy? Now that I have an ice cream maker on loan, I really need to start making delicious ice creams like this one. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction!

  9. This looks wonderful! If the hubby didn’t dislike anything lime, I’d be making this tonight…well, maybe I will anyway just for me. πŸ˜‰

  10. Sounds excellent! I wonder if my husband would like it (he’s not a big fruit person, but when it’s combined with sugar I can often get him to try it).

  11. Yum! That looks awesome! We use to always go see DMB in concert, and we’ve missed the last couple years. I bet it WAS fun.

  12. i know i love lime sherbet, so it’s not a stretch to think that i’d love lime ice cream too. good stuff, maria.

  13. DMB is a favorite of mine and my husbands. Glad you were able to go. …as they are SO good live.

    K…i gotsa try this ice cream recipe. You are right…summer isn’t over! I need to bust out the old ice cream maker.

  14. No need to turn on any ovens for this! I “accidentally” made a lime ice cream last year (was making a lime custard pie and didn’t like the way it was turning out, so I scooped out all the custard, added cream and churned it. It was so good.
    Yours makes me want it again.

  15. That ice cream sounds lovely… I am a fan of just about anything made with lime, so I’m very intrigued. Bookmarking this one!

  16. I have to say that I got a little smile and thought of Josh just when I read lime in the title. It does sound refeshing and perfect with a lime angle food cake!

  17. Dave Matthews and lime ice cream? Sign me up! This reminds me that one of my plans this summer was to make a lime fro-yo with crushed graham crackers mixed in. I confess that’s still on on my list, not checked off yet!

  18. This ice cream looks so refreshing! I would love to have a couple scoops of that right now!

  19. Not like ice cream, but lime? I’ve never had lime before. My jaw is tingling thinking of the tart and tanginess of it. πŸ™‚

    How cool that you went to see the Dave Matthews Band. I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE that song American Baby. It's the only one of theirs I know but I listen to it everyday!