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Creamy lemon curd blackberry swirl ice cream

I made this creamy lemon curd blackberry swirl ice cream kind of by accident. Best. F’ing. Accident. Ever. Lemon curd mixed into a vanilla bean ice cream base. I mean, do I need to say anything else? Oh yeah…also swirl in a crushed blackberry syrup at the very end. There, that’s all I need to say.

Lemon and berries just go together. And lemon blackberry swirl ice cream is like your ultimate ice cream fantasy if you are a lemon lover – like me. It is creamy and tart with a luxurious texture that you will love. Kind of like these creamy lemon tarts, but colder.

If you’ve ever had lemon curd, then you know that it is the shit. It is sweet, but not really because it has that lemony pucker us lemon lovers enjoy so much…it is addicting. Picture eating a lemon bar with a spoon. You’ll be on the right track.

And the best part about lemon curd?


You can buy lemon curd that is just as delicious as making it yourself. This one is my absolute favorite and this one is a close second. Both all natural and both – I super promise – as delicious as the homemade lemon curd I make, and if you feel exceptionally ambitious – here is the recipe to make it yourself.

But back to the ice cream…lemon curd blackberry swirl ice cream couldn’t be easier. Add the lemon curd when the ice cream is about 90% fully churned. Make a quick crushed blackberry syrup and have it chilled and add it to the ice cream in layers into your storage container. When you scoop it out, you will have a lovely swirl of sweet blackberries in with the tart and rich lemony and vanilla-y ice cream. Summer day perfection.


Lemon blackberry swirl ice cream


  • cup  whole milk
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • egg yolks
  • cups  heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup  lemon curd
  • pinch of salt

For the blackberry swirl

  • 2 cups of blackberries
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of water


  1. In a sauce pan warm the milk, sugar, cream and salt until the sugar is totally dissolved and the cream mixture is steaming, but don't let it boil.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly, while whisking the entire time, pour about a cup of the steaming cream mixture into the egg yolks (called tempering). Whisk the egg mixture back into saucepan with the rest of the cream. Put saucepan back onto the stove and continue whisking until the mixture begins to thicken...they always say "til it coats the back of a spoon," but more importantly do not let it bubble - it will become pudding/custard. I don't know the exact temperature to cook it for, but it takes roughly six minutes on a low heat.
  3. Cool the mixture to room temperature and then add the vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract. Pour into a bowl and cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight - I always do overnight.
  4. To make the blackberry swirl, place blackberries, sugar and water in a saucepan and boil. Continue boiling until the blackberries break down and the liquid becomes a thick syrup. This will take about 12 minutes, roughly. Put this in the fridge too - it is imperative this is totally chilled and cold when you mix with the ice cream.
  5. Churn in an ice cream maker according to the instructions on your ice cream maker. When the ice cream is about 95% done - it will look like loose soft serve pour in the lemon curd and blend through.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the ice cream into a freezer container, then spoon 1/3 of the blackberries and syrup in rows over the ice cream. Repeat with another 1/3 of the ice cream and 1/3 of the blackberries and syrup. And repeat with the last of both the ice cream and the blackberry syrup. Put in freezer for at least four hours to firm up because you enjoy a gigantic scoop.



  1. Amber Myers

    Oh my gosh, yum, what a delicious dessert! I would love these flavors–what a great summer treat.

  2. This looks so yummy! And, I was just looking at some lemon curd in the store the other day and was trying to decide whether to purchase it. I’ll be going back and picking it up now. You’ve tempted me and I won’t rest until I have some.

  3. ok the pictures sold me! I need this in my life right now!

  4. Wendy Lemeric

    this looks oh so heavenly but dang! these are hard to find ingredients (or expensive to find) here in our country. BUt this looks so beautiful and mouthwatering….

  5. My mouth was watering just reading this post. Those flavours sound amazing together!

  6. Not only does that look delish, it’s also kind of beautiful! I would love to try this out, I bet I’ll love it!

  7. This sounds like an amazing flavour combination. I love making nice cream and must try fruits in it.

  8. omg this ice cream!!! I want it nooooowwww…I will definitely try to make it this weekend, can’t wait..Thanks a lot for the recipe.

  9. This summer time is the best time for an ice cream recipe to try. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  10. Sounds tasty and a few supplements mean I could vegan-ify this in no time!

  11. Alexandra Cook

    Oh man that is a killer recipe! I have got to try some of this ASAP!

  12. This sounds so decadent yet easy to make! Perfect for summer time 🙂

  13. It may be the way you have presented it, but this looks like my perfect summer dessert. Just so gorgeous.

  14. Oh my gosh! This ice cream looks too awesome to eat. We don’t have raspberry flavored ice cream here though. Sucks. 🙁

  15. I can’t stop drooling over this recipe. Creamy lemon curd blackberry swirl ice cream looks so yummy and I’m definitely trying to make it this week.

  16. I wish I could make things like this by accident too! It really looks delish!

  17. You make everything so simple and easy to make. This ice cream looks so yummy and it has two of my favorite dessert flavors: lemon and raspberry! Love it!

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