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Easy-to-Make Lemon & Lime Ice Cream-No Ice Cream Maker Needed!

Updated on September 19, 2014
Lemon and Lime Ice Cream
Lemon and Lime Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of those things that everyone loves and is especially good when the weather starts to heat up. I mean is there really anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day? I don't know about you, but I can't think of any!

As everyone in the universe knows, I am obsessed with food and these days, even more obsessed about trying to recreate favorite dishes and treats at home. No matter how difficult it seems or how tiny my apartment kitchen is, I usually find a way.

So on this particularly hot and humid day, there was nothing that I desired more than cold and creamy ice cream and although it's true that it's easier to run across the street for one ( at less than a dollar a piece! ), I decided to make my own.

*Photos taken by myself.

We All Love Ice Cream!

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery

I love coming up with new flavors for my homemade ice creams. Although I don't own an ice cream maker, I do enjoy perusing through ice cream cookbooks as I can usually replicate them in my own way.

What I love about this particular book is the combination of beautiful layout, easy-to-follow instructions and the very interesting flavor combinations. Love this book.

Lemon and Limes
Lemon and Limes

Is It Possible to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker?

Why of course it is! You see, I've been making ice cream sans ice cream maker ever since I was 15. My aunt used to make them all the time and would let me help out. She'd usually let me whip the cream for her while she watched her favorite daytime soap operas.

Her method was simple and would usually involve whipping heavy cream and the egg whites separately. The egg yolks would finally be added at the end before the extra add-ins (vanilla extract, chocolate chips, etc). I gotta tell you that whipping the cream and egg whites to soft peaks manually by hand, took some time and effort so I didn't love it enough to want to make it everyday!

Fast forward to today. After years of being able to mess around in my own kitchen, I learned that I could skip a lot of the steps above. Along the way, I even learned to omit the eggs from the recipe completely. This new recipe requires less ingredients, minimal effort, and near-perfect results.

No-Churn Ice Cream
No-Churn Ice Cream

Just 4 Ingredients

This recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients. The sugar, the cream, lemon and lime. If you decided to go with say,vanilla, you're down to a mere 3 ingredients. How much easier can it be?

This recipe is super easy-peasy. However if you'd like to see a more detailed step-by-step recipe with tons of photos, I recommend you visit my post over at my food and travel blog TabiEats. I promise you'll like what you see!

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Lemon and Lime Ice Cream
Lemon and Lime Ice Cream

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 3-5 hours

Serves: About 6


  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  1. Grate zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime.
  2. Squeeze the juices of the lemons and limes.
  3. Add juices to the bowl of icing sugar.
  4. Whisk until thorougly combined.
  5. Add the heavy cream into the mixture. Whip until soft peaks form.
  6. Pour into a shallow air-tight container with lid.
  7. Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours, preferably 5.
Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer with Storage Case, White
Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer with Storage Case, White

When you live in a small, tiny apartment like myself, it's not easy finding space for all your appliances. This handheld mixer is small, compact and comes with its own storage case so it doesn't take up precious counter-top space. This one is powerful enough for all my cooking needs.


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    • Joyfulcrown profile image

      Joyfulcrown 3 years ago

      I am so glad I found this simple method of making ice cream. I have a lemon tree I am always have excess lemons which I can use.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Looks and sounds delicious! Pinned to my Desserts board

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Awesome. This would be great to include at my next pot luck do.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a simple method. I'm sure the ice cream is refreshing and delicious!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Sounds good. I like the idea of making it with fresh juice.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Do I! Just came back to let you know this taste-bud-tingling delight is the Recipe of the Day on Cooking with Whole Grains & Whole Foods on Facebook. Thanks again for sharing it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      We have had the hottest summer here this year. Just looking at your ice cream photo I can almost feel the coolness hitting me.

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      I don'T have an ice cream maker, but this sounds easy to do.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That sounds so easy to make. I'll have to try it. Yum!

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      SilverLotus1 3 years ago

      Lemon and lime and no ice cream maker needed - right up my alley!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Now this ice cream recipe is a sweet citrus surprise! I like that I don't need an ice cream maker, since I do not have one. Plus, I so enjoy citrus flavored desserts.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Do I! Way too much, as my waistline shows. We try to limit ourselves to making ice cream twice a month, but we want it every day! Your recipe looks positively delicious. My mouth is tingling at the thought of all that whipped cream and citrus flavor. Oh my!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Looks wonderful. I have such a small kitchen in China and no room for big appliances. This sounds perfect!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Sounds and looks absolutely wonderful! It might be time that I started making my own ice cream. (Have you looked at the ingredients list on store-bought lately?)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Couldn't pin from Tabieats, so I did from here! Wonderful photo and recipe Smine27--so refreshing! Love that you don't need an ice cream maker.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia