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I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream

I am a little bit of a kitchen gadget geek. Particularly when it comes to gadgets that claim to make things easier. I love my strawberry slicer, my cherry pitter and my onion chopper, but when it comes to the cabinet-space sucking larger gadgets, I tend to think twice. But a few years ago, I finally caved in a bought a simple ice cream maker – just an electric base with a bowl that goes in the freezer, ready for your next batch. And man I am glad I did, particularly in summer, when ice cream is the perfect dessert, and homemade, tailored to your personal taste, is both a special treat and an impressive dish to serve friends. Freezing takes about 30 minutes, and the possibilities are endless for loads of tasty fun. I have never looked back.

This lemon meringue pie version I created for my mom. Lemon meringue pie is her favorite dessert, and I have never quite gotten the pie right. But this version is idiot proof. Crumbled graham crackers, purchased meringue cookies and jarred lemon curd create all the rich, custardy flavor with the tang of lemon in a couldn’t- be-simpler ice cream base.

Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream
When I first created this, I easily found meringue cookies about 1 -inch in diameter at the market, Now I generally find smaller ones, so I crumble up a few more. Do what feels right for you. 

1 cup whole milk

¾ cup granulated sugar

2 cups heavy cream

Zest and juice of one medium lemon

1 (12 ounce) jar lemon curd

6- 7 graham cracker sheets

12 small meringue cookies (or 6 large)

In a bowl, whisk together the milk and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. I use a hand mixer for about 2 minutes to get everything well blended. Whisk in the cream, lemon zest and juice. Pour the cream base into an ice cream freezer and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Meanwhile, break the graham sheets into very small pieces by placing them in a ziptop bag and crushing with your fingers. Some crumbs are fine, but the pieces need to be bite sized. Place the meringue cookies into another bag and pop each one with your fingers to break it up into shards. They will pop apart easily so don’t get carried away.

About half-way through the recommended freezing time for the ice cream, spoon in the lemon curd, a little at a time, so it blends into the ice cream. As the freezing time comes to an end, drop in the graham pieces until mixed in, then the meringue pieces. When everything is mixed in and the ice cream is frozen, scoop it into freezer containers and freeze for several hours or overnight.

Makes roughly 2 pints



8 comments to Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream

  • Jean P

    I love lemon meringue pie, and I have one of these ice cream makers. I have been making fresh peach this summer, but now I can wait to try this recipe. Too ba I am out of town this week or I would make it today. Thanks!

  • Ragan

    Can’t wait to try it! I too struggle with the kitchen implements that suck the space – the George Forman, the crock pot, the kitchen aid mixer. This recipe sounds worth the space! I’ll let you know.

  • Oh, man– I have been trying to resist buying an ice cream maker– I am just out of cupboard space. Love the recipe!


  • flour power

    This sounds almost too good to be true! Can’t wait to have some.

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  • I love this idea!! I’ve been thinking of buying an ice cream maker for a while. Maybe I will now! I absolutely love lemon, and lemon meringue pie is no exception!

  • I just made my first (from scratch) lemon meringue pie a little while back and couldn’t wait to tell my mom. That’s totally her gig and I was so proud to ace it. I’ve thought about turning it into ice cream a hundred times and haven’t yet. Sounds awesome! Great job!

  • Niki

    This was wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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