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May 24, 2019

Lime Curd Frozen Custard

This Lime Curd Frozen Custard is tangy and refreshing. You will love its extra creaminess and richness. 

Lime Curd Frozen Custard

This Key Lime Curd Frozen Custard begins with homemade curd. You can make it with lemons or limes. You can also make this frozen custard with store bought curd if you are in a hurry.

What is fruit curd? 

Fruit curd is a mixture of eggs, butter, sugar, and fruit juice, usually lemon or lime, which is gently cooked until it has thickened. It's wonderful spread on biscuits or scones, as a dessert topping, or as a cake or tart filling.

I made some homemade lime curd for these Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes and had quite a bit left over, which I didn't want to go to waste. This is a great way to save all of the deliciousness of the fruit curd by freezing it in frozen custard ice cream!

Lime curd

What is frozen custard?

Frozen custard is a form of ice cream with a higher percentage of egg yolk. It's super smooth and rich. It's also easier to scoop straight from the freezer. 

This lime curd frozen custard is crazy delicious. Doesn't it sound like a refreshing summer dessert for an outdoor barbecue?

How to make frozen custard with fruit curd: 

Making both the curd and the frozen custard requires cooking the ingredients. 

The ingredients for the curd are cooked in a bowl set over simmering water while whisking constantly until the mixture thickens. You then refrigerate it. 

Making the frozen custard requires gently tempering the eggs with a heated cream, half and half, and sugar mixture. You do this so that your eggs won't coagulate like scrambled eggs. 

Yes, you will be doing a lot of whisking and stirring, but the tasty results will be worth it. 

Lime Curd Frozen Custard ice cream

Make the curd the day before you make the ice cream, or up to two weeks in advance.

You will have more curd than you need for this recipe. Just try not to eat it all with a spoon straight from the jar before you make the frozen custard.

Citrus Curd Frozen Custard ice cream

This is my final contribution for #BBQWeek. 

P.S. The photo on the right in the logo is my delicious grilled pork burger from last year's #BBQWeek!

Lime Curd Frozen Custard Recipe

Yield: 12 servings


For the Curd
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime (or lemon) juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
For the Frozen Custard
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups lime or lemon curd


How to cook Lime Curd Frozen Custard Recipe

To Make the Curd
  1. Whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and juice in a medium bowl. 
  2. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and add the butter. 
  3. Cook the ingredients, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of yogurt. 
  4. Press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a heat proof bowl. 
  5. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it against the top of the mixture, and refrigerate until chilled. 
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 
To Make the Frozen Custard
  1. In a 3 quart sauce pan over medium low heat, add the cream, half and half, and sugar. 
  2. Cook, stirring, until the edges begin to get a bit foamy. 
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks with a hand mixer until pale yellow. 
  4. Slowly add about 1/3 of the cream and sugar mixture to the egg mixture while whisking constantly. 
  5. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the rest of the cream mixture in the pan and cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and reaches a temperature of about 155 degrees F (no higher than 160 degrees F). 
  6. Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, pressing it against the top, and refrigerate until cold. 
  7. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker until it has almost thickened. Near the end, add the lime curd, and continue to freeze another few minutes. 
  8. Scrape the mixture into a container, cover with plastic wrap pressed against the mixture, and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours. 
ice cream, frozen custard, lime curd
Created using The Recipes Generator

The curd recipe was adapted from Baking a Moment. The frozen custard recipe was adapted from Oh Sweet Basil

Would you like to comment?

  1. This sounds amazing! I have some lime curd I need to use and putting it in ice cream sounds like a winner!

  2. Sound delicious! Think I'll load this into popsicle molds, maybe with a little graham cracker crumbs at the bottom.

    1. The graham cracker crumbs sound wonderful with this!

  3. I love custard and this sounds so refreshing. I agree on making it into popsicles!

  4. This sounds SO GOOD. What a great way to end a bbq!

  5. This is such a great idea and it looks so refreshing and delicious!

  6. I love lime! Not sure there is anything more refreshing on a hot day!


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