No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream – It’s Not Complicated Recipes

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My No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream is so simple to prepare and tastes fantastic! Containing just three ingredients, this easy recipe will have you enjoying tangy, creamy ice cream with minimum preparation time.

Three scoops of ice cream in a glass dish, garnished with mint.

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  • No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream

Why we love this recipe:

I love recipes that have connections with family or friends. I received this amazing recipe many years ago from my Godmother, and have happily enjoyed it ever since. There are no special techniques required – you just whiz all the ingredients together in a food processor and then freeze. It could not be simpler.

We love this Easy Lemon Ice Cream because:

  • It only takes about 15 minutes of minimal effort before placing it in the freezer.
  • No technical skills are necessary. If you don’t have any kitchen experience, you can still make this No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream.
  • You do not require an ice cream machine to make this delicious dessert.
  • It is not necessary to stir it to prevent ice crystals forming – it remains melt in the mouth, smooth and creamy.
  • The texture is rich and creamy, the flavour is of bright, tangy lemon.
  • It is made in advance; a great help when entertaining.

Ingredients in this recipe:

Ingredients in this recipe on a white background.

Also read: Easy Watermelon Sorbet – with or without an ice cream maker

Please see the recipe card further along in the post for exact quantities of ingredients and the full method.

Fresh lemon – we use the zest and juice.

Caster/superfine sugar – it dissolves more readily than granulated.

Also read: Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe with No Eggs

Whipping cream – we have used heavy/whipping cream, which contains a minimum of 35% milk fat.

Step by step instructions:

Steps 1-4 of preparing this recipe in a photo collage - blending the sugar and lemon, adding the cream, the mixture and the mixture ready to chill.
Steps 5-6 of preparing this recipe in a photo collage - the dish covered in cling film and scooping the frozen ice cream from the dish.
  1. Add the lemon zest, juice and caster/superfine sugar to the bowl of a food processor and whiz them together.
  2. With the motor running, gradually add the cream.
  3. Process just until the mixture thickens to a texture similar to whipped cream.
  4. Spoon the ice cream into an airtight freezer container or a dish.
  5. If using a dish, ensure you cover with two layers of cling film.
  6. Freeze for approximately 4 hours. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes prior to serving.
Scoops of ice cream in a glass dish, garnished with mint.

Tips for success and FAQs:

For such a simple recipe, there are a few tips. One important tip is to remove the Lemon Ice Cream from the freezer about 10-15 minutes before serving to allow it to soften a little.

Scoops of ice cream in a glass dish, garnished with mint.

More delicious recipes for you to try:

Here are some more of our favourite recipes where lemon is the star:

  • Creamy Lemon Pie
  • Three Ingredient Lemon Marmalade
  • Classic Lemon Curd
  • Gluten-Free Lemon Madeleines
  • Individual Lemon Curd Meringues
  • Gluten-Free Lemon Tea Cake

Also read: The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Ice Cream – PETA Australia

I do hope that you will try this No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream. You will be pleasantly surprised that just a small amount of effort can provide such a rich, creamy, flavoursome dessert. It is so easy to make that it is suitable for weeknights. As well, it is so creamy and luxurious that it is ideal to make when entertaining. And if you’re like me, ice cream is not seasonal, it can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Alex xx

This post was originally published in August 2018. It has been updated with new photos and more information. The recipe remains the same.

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