The Right Amount of Tart & Sweet for the Perfect Summer Treat
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As the saying goes: When life gives you lemons…make a creamy, homemade Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream. Just the right amount of tart and the right amount of sweet for the perfect summer treat. Serve it up on a sugar cone, or in a glass of lemon-lime soda for a refreshing summer ice cream float.
I love creating ice cream recipes with my kids, and one summer even helped my son create his own “ice cream truck.” He made three custom flavors and shared them around the neighborhood.
I was inspired by National Ice Cream month and Eve’s new custom ice cream bowl to teach her how to make her own custom ice cream flavor. We decided on “lemonade” flavor, with a creamy vanilla base.
I’m especially fond of the idea of Lemon Vanilla Ice Cream, because my grandmother and mother would always add a couple of drops of lemon extract to their homemade ice cream.
I decided to see how to take that flavor up a notch using real lemons.
First, I whisked together my standard ice cream base: 2 cups of heavy cream, 1 cup of whole milk, and 3/4 cup of sugar.
For the lemon flavor, I cut one small lemon in half, and used the end of my whisk to extract the lemon juice from the whole lemon. Removing any seeds, I poured the juice (about 1/4 cup) into the mixture.
Next, I finely grated half of the lemon and added it to the mixture.
There are many ways you can make ice cream after this step, but I love to use the ice cream maker we got for our wedding nearly 15 years ago. It’s officially the last working appliance we were gifted, and we absolutely love it.
I left the mixture in the ice cream maker to churn for 25 minutes until done.
The result is lemon ice cream perfection.
Serve it up on a sugar cone, or in a glass of lemon-lime soda for a refreshing summer ice cream float.
Or, of course, your own personalized ice cream mug that means you don’t have to share.
What do you think of our creamy lemon vanilla ice cream? Tell me in the comments below, and let me know what flavor we should try to make next!
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