three scoops of lemon curd ice cream and vanilla ice cream swirl.

Vanilla Swirl Lemon Curd Ice Cream

Homemade vanilla ice cream and homemade lemon curd join forces for this Vanilla Swirl Lemon Curd Ice Cream recipe. A lemon fresh dessert that is a perfect Summer ice cream dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Cooking On The Ranch


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd


  1. Warm the milk in a small pan. 

  2. Whisk the eggs with the sugar in a separate bowl. Slowly add warm milk to sugar mixture continuing to whisk. 

  3. Pour mixture back in the pan and heat slowly until thickened, stirring constantly. It should look like very liquid pudding. Do not boil! Let cool to room temperature add cream and vanilla. 

  4. Chill overnight. Follow directions on ice cream maker for churning.

  5. When ice cream is just thicker than soft serve, transfer from ice cream make to a loaf pan. With a spatula, swirl in the lemon curd to make wide swaths. 

  6. Cover and place container in freezer until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Add more lemon curd if you like a tarter flavor.