Watermelon & Lime Ice Cream

It’s hot in New York right now, which means it’s ice cream weather. This weekend I wanted to make something super refreshing to combat the heat, and then I spotted some fresh watermelons at the market. It was an easy decision.

Normally I make watermelon sorbet – I’ve always wanted to try it in an ice cream, but I had doubts that the watermelon flavor would be strong enough against the power of dairy fat. It turns out that watermelon ice cream is super delicious and refreshing.

Here’s the recipe (for a 2-quart freezer):

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Watermelon & Lime Ice Cream

An easy and refreshing summer flavor balancing sweet watermelon with sour lime. Yum!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Ice Cream
Prep Time 5 minutes
Crank Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people (2-quart freezer)

Ingredients

  • 1.5 eggs (1 egg + 1 egg yolk)
  • 1 cup sugar (225g)
  • 1 cup cream (236mL)
  • 1/2 watermelon (medium sized)
  • 2 limes - just the zest

Instructions

  1. I recommend starting with a bowl that will hold enough liquid to fill the 2-quart freezer. I have a mixing bowl that when nearly full it holds about 1.7 liters, which is the same as the freezer. Whisk the sugar and eggs together until thick and creamy and then whisk in the cream. Set aside.

  2. Chop up the red and juicy parts of the watermelon and blend. I used a hand blender in a large bowl. Pour the blended watermelon through a sieve into the cream and sugar mix. Add just enough juice to reach the volume of the freezer (this is why I use a bowl where I know how it compares to the freezer). Stir in the lime zest.

  3. Then freeze and serve.

This easy recipe was so successful, I have a feeling it will become a summer staple.

Peter Gerard

Peter carried the hand-cranking ice cream tradition from his family in Missouri to Scotland and eventually to New York. He is now likely the biggest importer of White Mountain Freezers to Europe, having imported more than a dozen machines…

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