You are just 4 ingredients away from a bowl of creamy homemade key lime ice cream. The big citrus flavor is perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day.
If you love a good sweet and tart dessert, you are in for a treat. This key lime ice cream recipe is simple as can be to make and has a big blast of flavor from the key lime juice.
Each bite will transport you to Key West, and who doesn’t want a flavor vacation to the islands?
This simple homemade ice cream is so smooth and creamy. It really is just about as good as it gets.
Whip up a batch to see for yourself.
I can not tell you enough how much my boys liked this ice cream. It left my husband wondering (out loud, several times over) why we haven’t been making key lime ice cream all of these years.
Of course, I knew it was going to be a hit after everyone loved the key lime sherbet so much. This ice cream is every bit as citrusy and delicious but has more cream, so the texture is even more luxurious.
Other than that, there isn’t a ton to tell you about this recipe. It is so simple and so good and that is really all you need to know!
Favorite Ice Cream Makers
MiMi has a couple of kitchenaid ice cream maker attachments for her stand mixer. She loves them and makes all of her ice cream with them.
I have a cuisinart ice cream maker. You freeze the bowl ahead of using it much like the kitchenaid attachment.
Both work great and are relatively affordable. You just have to remember to get the bowl in the freezer in plenty of time to get it cold, but that is a whole lot better than making sure you have enough ice and salt on hand!
Great Ice Cream Storage Options
My mom loves the Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop containers that fit in the freezer well, stack easily, and store nicely. She already has a couple and is getting ready to order more.
What is the difference between sorbet, sherbet, and ice cream?
Sherbet is between sorbet and ice cream. Sorbet doesn’t include dairy, sherbet includes some dairy and ice cream contains almost 50% cream.
Tips and Tricks
As the ice cream mixture churns, it will expand. Don’t worry, though. By that point, it is frozen enough that it won’t run over or make a mess.
Make sure to freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker at least overnight. If you have the freezer space, just keep it in the freezer so you can make ice cream whenever you would like.
Using cold ingredients will help the ice cream to freeze more quickly. There is no need to let anything come to room temperature here.
After the ice cream has been in the freezer for a while, it will freeze pretty solid. Pull it out of the freeze about 10 minutes before you plan to serve it to make scooping easier.
You can try adjusting the cream to milk ratio if you want to try to save some calories. But keep in mind that the texture will change as you adjust the amounts.
More Great Summertime Desserts
Strawberry orange sorbet is another refreshing dessert. As the name suggests, it is dairy free and loaded with fruity goodness.
For a refreshing lemon treat, try making frozen lemon pie. You can substitute key lime juice for the lemon juice to make it a frozen key lime pie.
Key lime cheesecake jars are one of our favorite treats. They are perfect for packing on a picnic or serving at a party.
For another fun and easy citrus treat, try making some lemon puppy chow. It’s a great snack mix.
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Key Lime Ice Cream
- 3 cups heavy creamy
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup key lime juice
- In a large bowl, stir together cream, milk, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add key lime juice and stir to combine.
- Pour into ice cream maker and churn according to your ice cream maker's instructions.
- Scoop ice cream into storage containers and freeze for at least 4 more hours.
- Scoop and serve.