Monday, August 19, 2013

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream - the BEST ever!

I love Key Lime Pie.  When I found out there was going to be an ice cream competition (The Takedowns) in Somerville, I knew key lime was one of the flavors I was going to try out for the contest.  If you recall, I participated in a meatball takedown a few months ago.  Read about the Ice Cream Takedown here - FUN day!

Now on to the ice cream I made.  :)  I was planning on trying out four flavors and picking the best to make in bulk for the contest, but once I made this key lime I stopped the trial.  This was the obvious winner.  This ice cream insanely creamy and smooth and has the perfect limey zing to it.  First you get the cream, then you get the zing.  Find an excuse to make this before the summer is over.  It's worth buying an ice cream maker to do it.  :)


1/2 cup granular sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups half and half
1 cup heavy cream
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 Tablespoons lime zest
1/3 cup lime juice
3 drops green food coloring (optional)
Graham cracker crumbs


Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Whisk in half & half and heavy cream.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly for approximately 10 minutes, or until mixture starts to thicken.  Remove from heat.

Whisk 2 egg yolks in a small bowl until slightly thickened.  Gradually whisk in about 1 cup of cream mixture until combined.  Add yolk mixture back to cream mixture, whisking the entire time.  Add vanilla and stir to combine.

Pour cream mixture through a fine mesh strainer, into a medium bowl (discard the remains).  Let mixture cool for about 1 hour, then place Saran Wrap directly over cream mixture.  Refrigerate until completely cool, 5-24 hours.

Remove cream mixture from the refrigerator and pour into your ice cream maker and freeze to manufacturer's instructions.  Combine lime juice, zest, and food coloring in a small bowl.  Once half-way done, slowly pour lime in and finish freezing.  

Once finished, transfer ice cream to a Tupperware container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.  When you're ready to eat, let ice cream sit out for 15-20 minutes to soften.  Serve with graham cracker crumbs, and prepare for the ooo's and ahh's!  Want proof of it's superiority?  This puppy won 3rd place at the contest.  Yep - it's an award winning recipe!

Hope you enjoy!  Not feeling key lime?  Check out some of my other ice cream recipes!

Chocolate Ice Cream with Tiny Chocolate Flakes
Blackberry Honey Fro Yo
Bananas Foster Ice Cream
Strawberry Banana Fro Yo


  1. Congratulations on your award-winning ice cream Lauren!!! Sounds so good!

  2. Yum! You are making me want ice cream right now!

  3. Oh I LOVE key lime and ice cream so this is heaven in a glass to me! Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I came over from the Time to Sparkle link party! :)

  4. I say that this key lime pie ice cream would be really the best ever. It's one of the ice cream recipes that could rock your world!