Preserved Lemon Ice Cream

March 14, 2016
Photo by Yossy Arefi
Author Notes

I like to make a big batch of lemons preserved in salt each winter to last me through the year. They are most commonly used in savory cooking, but in this recipe they add lovely sour and salty notes to rich lemon ice cream. Serve scoops of this sweet and salty treat in elegant little dishes with small pour of fruity olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt on top for an unexpectedly complex treat.

Reprinted with permission from Sweeter Off the Vine, by Yossy Arefi, copyright 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. —Yossy Arefi

  • Makes about 1 quart
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped preserved lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus a bit more to serve
  • flaky sea salt, optional to serve
In This Recipe
  1. Whisk the egg yolks together in a glass or stainless steel bowl; set aside. Combine the cream, milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture begins to bubble around the edges. Ladle about 1 cup of the cream mixture into the egg yolks and whisk vigorously to temper. Pour the egg and cream mixture back into the pan and whisk well to combine.
  2. Cook the mixture on medium low heat while stirring constantly and being careful not to let the mixture boil, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Whisk in the lemon juice and preserved lemon rind. Add the salt to taste. Cool the mixture completely, for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Just before churning, whisk in the olive oil, then freeze in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, cover, and freeze until firm, about 4 hours or overnight. Serve scoops of ice cream in dishes with a drizzle of fruity olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Keeps in the freezer for 4 days.

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Yossy Arefi is a photographer and stylist with a passion for food. During her stint working in restaurant kitchens, Yossy started the blog Apt. 2B Baking Co. where, with her trusty Pentax film camera, she photographs and writes about seasonal desserts and preserves. She currently lives in Brooklyn but will always love her native city of Seattle. Follow her work at &