No-churn lemon curd ice cream is the easiest way to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.
With just four simple ingredients, you can make creamy homemade vanilla ice cream with lemon curd ripples for a refreshing summertime treat anytime.
When it's ice cream season and everyone is screamin’ for something cool and creamy, why not make homemade ice cream?
With this no-churn recipe, you don’t need any fancy equipment and it’s super easy to do. Plus, you’ll know exactly what’s in it.
And if you're a lemon lover, homemade lemon curd ice cream will become one of your new favorite lemon recipes!
It's a delicious spring or summer dessert that's even more delicious served with Orange Angel Food Cake or topped with Balsamic Strawberries. OR make ice cream sandwiches with this Coconut Macaroon cookie recipe (yum!!).
Oh, and this is RIDICULOUSLY smooth and creamy ice cream. Once you try it, you may never scoop up the store-bought stuff again. I’m serious.
You’re going to love this
Crazy creamy. I really can’t overstate the velvety smooth and creamy consistency of this lemon curd ice cream.
4 ingredients. Cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and lemon curd. That’s it.
Easy lemon dessert. The addition of lemon curd adds fresh lemon flavor to this easy ice cream recipe.
Heavy cream. When you’re staring at all the options in the dairy case, know that heavy cream and heavy whipping cream are the same thing. Whipping cream or light whipping cream has a lower fat content and doesn’t whip up to the same consistency as heavy cream.
Sweetened condensed milk. This handy ingredient adds creaminess and sweetness. Make sure you don't accidentally grab evaporated milk -- the cans look really similar.
Vanilla. For the best vanilla flavor, use real vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla.
Lemon curd. I use a jar of store bought lemon curd. But you can use your own lemon curd that you make from scratch.
Chill a very large bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for an hour or in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
In the chilled bowl, whip the cream with a hand mixer for about two minutes or until stiff peaks form — the peaks stand up straight when the beaters are lifted.
Gently fold the sweetened condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
Swirl dollops of the lemon curd into the ice cream mixture.
Pour mixture into a freezer container or loaf pan.
Press plastic wrap directly over the surface of the mixture, tightly cover it and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
Store your no-churn lemon curd ice cream in a tightly sealed container in the freezer, preferably in the back of the freezer to avoid temperature fluctuations, which can cause ice cream to become grainy.
For best results and to avoid getting ice crystals on the ice cream, cover the surface of the ice cream with a layer of plastic wrap.
Use a metal or glass mixing bowl to whip the cream. Plastic or copper bowls can cause a reaction that won’t allow the cream to whip up nice and fluffy.
Chill the bowl and the beaters before making the whipped cream. Pop the bowl and the beaters in the fridge for an hour or the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Very cold heavy cream will whip faster and result in a smoother, fluffier texture than room temperature heavy cream.
Whip the cream until stiff peaks form, which means the peaks stand up straight when the beaters are lifted.
No-churn ice cream means that you don’t need an ice cream machine to make ice cream! All you need is an electric mixer to whip the cream. Then fold in the sweetened condensed milk, stir or swirl in your favorite mix-ins, and four hours later — homemade ice cream!
Keep your homemade ice cream in a tightly sealed freezer-safe container in the freezer for about two weeks. Any longer than that and you run the risk of the texture becoming grainy or large ice crystals forming. One way to preserve your ice cream is to place a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of the ice cream, in addition to the lid.
I like to serve this lemon curd ice cream recipe in waffle cone bowls, but there are tons of things you can serve with it. Here are some fun ideas to dress up your finished ice cream:
Mixed fresh fruits
Chewy ginger cookies
White chocolate chips
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EASY Lemon Curd Ice Cream (No-Churn)
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup lemon curd
- Chill a large mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator for an hour or in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Whip the cream and vanilla for about two minutes or until stiff peaks form — the peaks stand up straight when the beaters are lifted.
- Fold the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream.
- Swirl dollops of the lemon curd into the sweetened whipped cream.
- Spoon the mixture into a freezer container or loaf pan. Press plastic wrap directly over the surface of the ice cream, tightly cover it and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
- Store your no-churn lemon curd ice cream in a tightly sealed container in the freezer, preferably in the back of the freezer to avoid temperature fluctuations, which can cause ice cream to become grainy. For best results and to avoid getting ice crystals on the ice cream, cover the surface of the ice cream with a layer of plastic wrap.