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Lime Zest Ice Cream

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Even though I eat ice cream in the wintertime if the craving hits...and I've even been known to break out the ice cream maker if need be...it usually doesn't see much activity until the warmer months.  Funny that March and now April actually qualify as "the warmer months" this year.  Even though the temperatures in the 80's and 90's have mostly given way to the 60's and 70's over the past week or so, it's kind of hard to let go of the warm weather mindset.  I mean, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops?  They only served to whet my appetite.

So basically, what I'm trying to convey, is that when I was flipping through a Bayless book one bright, sunny, and warm day a few weeks ago marking recipes to-try over the next six months and came across some ice cream, I knew it was in my immediate future.  I'm always drawn to  ice cream recipes that don't call for a custard.  Sure, I'll make a custard if something sounds good enough, but I'm a total sucker for a quick mixture that I can whisk together and dump into an ice cream machine in minutes.
The combination of bright, tangy lime and cool, smooth cream is equivalent to little bowlful of bliss.  It's very reminiscent of sherbet.  I could almost taste it in a glass with a fizzy lemon-lime or ginger soda poured over it.  But a few drizzles of deep, rich cajeta against the zesty-creamy combination was magic, too.  I see myself making this on a regular basis to cool us down and make our mouths happy in the heat.  Or to remind us of it when it's in remission.

Lime Zest Ice Cream

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: dessert citrus limes ice-cream Mexican

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • 2-3 limes
  • ¾ c. superfine sugar
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • ¾ c. plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
for serving:
  • cajeta, optional
Instructions
Finely grate the zest from 1 or 2 of the limes (enough to equal about a Tablespoon). Squeeze the juice from all of the limes (should equal ¼ cup).

Combine the lime zest and lime juice with the sugar, cream, yogurt, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk together thoroughly.

Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to a freezer container to firm up for several hours, or preferably overnight.
Serve big scoops of ice cream, drizzled with cajeta, if you wish.

slightly adapted from Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures
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37 comments

  1. This is my kind of ice cream!!

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  2. Fabulous looking ice cream i like that it has yogurt in it

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  3. Wow. I love lemon or lima I cream look heavenly Heather!

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  4. Oh, that looks so refreshing for a warm spring/summer day! 

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  5. Beth @ Aunt B's KitchenApril 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    My husband likes anything lime.  I'm sure he'd enjoy this.  I've pinned it for future reference.

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  6. I've never met a Rick Bayless recipe I didn't love! Wow, this ice cream looks fantastic, Heather. I don't make ice cream in cool weather either, but you are tempting me with this one. 

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  7. Oh this would be perfect right now that the weather is so warm here.  I wish I had an ice cream maker to make this.  I guess I'll just have to hope that the ice cream man has nieve de limon today. :)  

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  8. Interesting. Ice cream with lime zest & juice is very new to me!

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  9. I'm like you - I don't have any interest (or patience more likely) for making a custard for ice cream. This looks and sounds delicious and I'm always a sucker for anything with lime ;) And it doesn't have to be warm outside for me - I'll eat and make ice cream year round...

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  10. This looks so creamy even without eggs!

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  11. This must taste amazing; I think my next gift will be an ice cream maker.
    Rita

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  12. This looks sooo good and a perfect little summer dessert! I really really wish I had an ice cream maker now!

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  13. It's healthy...this is for me for sure.  I didn't know you could do that without eggs.  

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  14. That looks mighty yummy with the cajeta on it! I don't eat ice cream very often, but my daughter & family do. I just ordered an ice cream maker for her KA and a Ben & Jerry's ice cream recipe book. I'm looking forward to the fun they'll have with that!

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  15. The thought of this in some ginger ale is making me crazy it sounds so good.  But then I scrolled down to see that chocolate sauce!  It all sounds too good.  

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  16. Well, this looks amazing! Interesting with the combination of yogurt and cream. I'll have to give it a try.

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  17. Yes, you definitely can!  Most (if not all...I can't recall) of the recipes for ice cream I've posted are egg-less! (ummm...out of laziness...though I do have one with eggs coming up soon!)

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  18. Lime has always been my favorite dessert citrus. And it probably always will be.  This is BEGGING to be made!

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  19.  Lime zest ice cream sounds so refreshing and delicious! I love the sweetness with the pop of citrus.

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  20. I saw this in your Flickr stream and was waiting for the post. It's like fro-yo! Yum! Not sure what that cajeta is, but I want some... Caramel- like?

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  21. Oh yes, sorry...it's goat's milk caramel.  I have a homemade version here: 
    http://www.girlichef.com/2011/08/homemade-cajeta-paletas-de-cajeta-and.html  ...but I usually just buy it since I can't get any really good goat's milk. =)

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  22. Lime sherbet was my favorite growing up. I just got an ice cream maker this week (ready for summer!) and I have an idea now how to break it in. :)

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  23. Natashya Kitchen PuppiesApril 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Oh yes! I agree, any time is ice cream time! Looks wonderful. I'll have 3 scoops, please. 

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  24. This looks so refreshingly delicious! I love anything citrus especially in cold desserts! A lovely treat in our hot tropical weather here, I could have this everyday!

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  25. Oh I love this ice cream, but have never thought to drizzle it with cajeta... naughty!! love it!

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  26. My mom is a huge fan of lime desserts. Will have to make this for her. Gorgeous pics!

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  27. Such a delicious and refreshing ice cream - the texture sounds just amazing. Citrus in ice creams always tastes so good! I definitely like the idea of drizzling it with cajeta as well! 

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  28. Fantastic! We aren't huge ice cream eaters (not enough to warrant getting a machine), but flavors like this get me excited. Awesome pairing with cajeta!

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  29. Who doesn't love ice cream? This sound refreshing and what a lovely suggestion to serve it with a soda. Perfect for a hot day!

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  30. This was on my short list for this week but rice pudding won out. ;-) Definitely will be making it soon though. It looks wonderful. 

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  31. There is that elusive bottled Cajeta! ;) This looks awesome, and I love lime. Pefect to cool you down this summer. 

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  32. Sounds refreshing.  Especially right now--I've been doing yard work and it's 82 degrees!  

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  33. oooohhhh......you 'mark' recipes in advance?   LMAO at myself as I usually think about things the day of and then make myself crazy trying to get it done.  :-)        (not all the time of course)   Anyway--your lime zest ice cream looks great!  I love the taste of lime.
    Have a great day!

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  34. Oh my, this looks refreshing!

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  35. Pinning and sharing on Facebook.  Hoping you'll be over soon with two spoons and a pint!

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  36. Thanks Jenn! It may take me a few days to get there... ;P

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