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Kaffir Lime Leaf Ice Cream


For some reason, I have always thought lime leaf would taste nice in ice cream. The problem is that lime leaf is my number 1 hard to find ingredient. I feel like I am always looking for it! You guys don't know how many more lime leaf recipes would be on here if they were more readily available. The answer is a ton more. This guy at the Asian market here knows me as the lime leaf guy. I'm pretty sure that after I asked him for them about 20 times he finally started ordering them just for me.

The lime leaves sitting overnight in milk and coconut milk.

Whisking egg yolks and sugar.

This is just the egg and sugar. So smooth!

Straining the leaves after heating the milk.

The finished ice cream. I loved this! There was a nice lime leaf flavor, but also an interesting coconut undertone. It took a long time to freeze in the ice cream maker, but it finally did. The texture was like a half ice cream, half sorbet.

1 can coconut milk, equal amount milk. Put a large handful of lime leaves in here and let them sit overnight. Whisk 4 egg yolks and 3/4 cups sugar until smooth and lightened in color. Heat the lime leaf/milk mixture stirring constantly until almost boiling. Strain the lime leaves out. Pour the hot mixture over the egg/sugar mix, whisking constantly. Strain and cook until it coats the back of a spoon. Chill. Add 2 cups heavy cream and juice of one lime. Pour into ice cream maker at manufacturers instructions.


if you didn't want to use lime leaves, could you not put in a little lime juice for the same sort of effect? is there a notable difference

otherwise, looks really good!

YUM! This looks great. I actually just bought a big bag of kaffir at the markets, now if only I had an ice cream maker...

I wish I could give you some of my leaves! I have a tree that is covered with kaffir limes and I was considering zesting a couple into your recipe of lime-leaf ice cream. The limes don't have a lot of juice, but could possibly squeeze out a few drops.

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