Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream

This picture might be a little deceiving, I did not use fresh lemon juice in this ice cream. It's funny, I looked at a lot of lemon ice cream recipes and all used fresh lemon juice and a milk-cream base. Doesn't that make buttermilk? Why yes it does...so I don't get it. That's not lemon ice cream, it's buttermilk ice cream. 

Anyway, I decided to use lemon curd as my lemon flavoring and wow, what a great idea!! The ice cream is very lemony and sweet and just delicious. Lemon poppy seed muffins are my favorite so why not ice cream! You and the family are going to love this frozen treat!

I am headed to the International Food Blogger's Conference (IFBC) this weekend. It happens to be right in my backyard this year (Portland, Oregon).  I have really been looking forward to all the activities planned around this event. First up, a pre-IFBC dinnner with specialty food company, Barhyte Foods, they are serving dinner and I will be pouring my wines for about 35 bloggers as well as friends of the Barhyte family. I have also been invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of Bob's Red Mill given by Bob himself...can't wait for that one! The weekend promises to be full of fun, food and friends. Stay tuned for updates, especially in the social media realm.

Make this ice cream for an end-of-summer treat!!


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Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: 1 quart


  • 1-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 (10 oz) jars lemon curd
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds


  • In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream, buttermilk and sugar. Heat on low until sides of pan are slightly bubbly and warm, but not boiling. Add 1/4 cup of the milk mixture to the egg yolks and stir quickly, keep adding small amounts of liquid to the eggs until it it the same temperature as what is in the saucepan. Add egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and continue to heat until you can coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil!! Chill milk mixture and jarred lemon curd overnight.
  • Add custard to the ice cream and begin churning. Add cold lemon curd. (This ice cream is more of a soft serve variety, it took about 40 minutes for mine to set up and then I froze for 4-6 hours.) Add poppy seed, a little at a time when ice cream is almost done churning.

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14 Comments and 3 Replies

  1. what a fabulous sounding ice cream!

  2. NancyC 3

    The ice cream looks and sounds so good!

  3. This sounds FABULOUS!!!! I am drooling over your icecream hahaha.

  4. This looks SO good! I love anything with lemon curd.

  5. Carol Zumalt 6

    Cathy, This sounds really yummy, but i have 2 lemon trees loaded with lemons right now. I’d like recipes to use them. Guess I can make my own lemon curd. My grandmother was British & I have her awesome recipe. Suggestion: I love poppy seeds & use them a lot, expecialy with lemon, however poppy seeds can give you a false positive blood test for opiates. My brother works for the FAA & is randomly tested, so I never add poppy seeds to anything I make when he will be coming to dinner. Recently, thanks to Dr. Oz, I have discovered Chia seeds. They look like poppy seeds & are rich in soluble fiber & Omega 3 fatty acids. I am going to try baking with them instead of poppy seeds & see how it works. They are also much cheaper than poppy seeds & you can get them at the grocery store. No need to head to the health food store.

  6. Cathy, your recipes always sound so good! Very dreamy pictures, too.
    Thanks for sending me home with a bottle of wine last week at the Saucy-Mama party! It was great wine (yes, gone) and even better to meet you in person. You’re lovely!

  7. leslie 8

    Ohhh yes…genius on using the lemon curd!!!!!!

  8. farida 9

    that looks so fresh ice cream, very interesting !

  9. Patty 10

    Your ice cream is such a pretty color and it looks so creamy….love that you used poppy seeds and lemon curd;-)

  10. Ooh! What an amazing combination for an ice cream! I love the lemony zing this creamy frozen treat holds. :)

  11. I just snapped a picture of this on my iphone and sent it to my boyfriend who responded “I’ll do anything if that’s for dessert this weekend.” This is a major win! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  12. How have I not found your site until just now?? I’m a lemon curd FUH-REEAK… and I think I need to make this ice cream ASAP. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  13. Carissa 16

    I just wanted to tell you that lemon reacts differently with heavy cream because of the fats. I have a wonderful ice cream recipe that you first cook the cream and milk with the zest, then at the end you stir in the lemon juice to the custard base. It is absolutely the best!

  14. Liz L 17

    Oh yum! That looks amazing!


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