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Lemon Custard Ice Cream



  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 5 large egg yolks (at room temperature)
  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice


  1. Combine sugar and half-and-half in a large saucepan and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Set aside.
  2. Beat egg yolks until creamy, then add 1/2 cup of the cream to warm them.
  3. Return cream mixture to medium-low heat and stir in the warmed yolks. Cook until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat; stir in the zest and lemon juice. Mix well and allow to cool. Chill.
  5. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

Makes about 1 1/2 pints.

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