Tangy, sweet, creamy and rich: this lime mint ice-cream is so refreshing and cooling on hot summer days! It’s also another easy ice-cream recipe that doesn’t need an ice-cream maker.
Lime and mint are two flavours made in food heaven. Whoever discovered this combination was a genius. Back home in Egypt, on extremely hot summer days during my childhood (and the summer days there are no joke) my mother and aunt would make us pitcher after pitcher of ice-cold limeade with mint. The recipe for that limeade is simple: whole limes (peel and all) a crazy amount of sugar (those were simpler, thinner times) ice-cold water, and a few fresh mint leaves. It’s the most refreshing drink in existence. The lime peel adds a hint of bitterness, while the juice is pleasantly acidic and of course the sugar tones it all down.
So, I came up with this recipe due to a desire to combine my favourite childhood beverage with my favourite dessert (ice-cream). Since I started making homemade ice-cream I’ve become obsessed with coming up with new flavours. I still have at least half a dozen more flavours I’d love to try, so stay tuned!
- Grated zest of two large limes
- The juice of one large lime
- One cup of heavy whipping cream
- Half a cup of icing sugar (or more if it’s too sour and bitter for you, taste as you go along!)
- One teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves.
- One tablespoon limoncello (optional).
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks form.
- Add the icing sugar gradually while continuing to beat the cream until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually add the lime juice and limoncello while mixing
- Gently fold in the lime zest and mint leaves with a spoon or spatula.
- Pour the mixture into a container with an airtight cover and place in the freezer.
- After two hours, take it out of the freezer and stir it thoroughly with a fork. Put it back into the freezer.
- Repeat the above step at least three times, every two hours. This ensures that the ice-cream remains creamy and scoopable and is the same idea as that behind an ice-cream maker.
- Freeze it overnight. Scoop it into bowls or waffle cones and enjoy! It’s super refreshing!
Have you tried making ice-cream at home? What are your favourite flavours? Let me know in the comments!
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