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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Tangy lime ice cream is perfectly sweet and creamy with pieces of graham cracker crust scattered throughout for a delicate crunch with every bite.

Scooping key lime pie ice cream out of a loaf pan after freezing with a swimming pool in the background

Why This Recipe Works

  • This easy to make key lime pie cream is creamy, decadent and tastes just like key lime pie!
  • All of the wonderful ingredients you love in a key lime pie can be found in this easy ice cream recipe.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk: These ingredients can be found in all of our homemade ice cream recipes.
  • Lime juice: I prefer using fresh lime juice for its fresh taste and you can use the skin of the lime for the lime zest.
  • Lime zest: This ingredient adds so much zesty flavor!
  • Graham crackers: Graham crackers are sweet whole wheat cookies made from graham flour. They are commonly found in the US in the cookie aisle of the grocery store. In the UK, you might like to use digestive biscuits instead.

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A bowl of key lime pie ice cream next to the loaf pan on a wooden surface

How To Make This Recipe

  • Step 1: Combine the condensed milk and the cream and add lime juice and lime zest.
  • Step 2: Pour all of these ingredients into an ice cream maker and begin churning.
Making the key lime pie ice cream in an ice cream maker
  • Step 3: Towards the end of the cycle, add in crushed graham crackers and let them mix in.
  • Step 4: After a few seconds of mixing, pour the ice cream into a dish and place it into the freezer to harden for at least 4 hours.
Key lime ice cream in a loaf pan

This key lime pie ice cream comes together in minutes. It's easy to make and the smooth and creamy taste will leave you begging for more.

Expert Tips

  • Use dairy with a high fat content. Ice cream is not the place to go low-fat. In fact, milks with a lower fat content will not freeze as well and will certainly lack the richness of flavor.
  • Make sure the ice cream maker bowl is cold. If the bowl is not very cold, the ice cream won't freeze as well.
  • The colder the ice cream base, the easier the ice cream will freeze. For best results, don't let the ice cream base get to room temperature. Use cool or cold ingredients and after mixing the ingredients together, quickly pour the ice cream base into the machine bowl.
  • Churn the ice cream until it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream then transfer to a freezer container and cover. The real work begins in the freezer where the ice cream will eventually reach the perfect ice cream consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Store Key Lime Pie Ice Cream?

Store ice cream in a freezer-safe airtight container. I like to use either Tupperware-type containers or a bread loaf pan covered tightly with plastic wrap.
Press plastic wrap firmly into the ice cream so that ice crystals won't form on the top of the ice cream.
Store ice cream in the back of the freeze where the temperature is colder and most consistent.

What Size Dish Should I Use To Hold The Ice Cream?

I use a standard sized loaf pan that measures approximately 9.5-inches by 16.5-inches. Use any freezer safe dish of similar size. If you would like additional information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this ice cream recipe, you might consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Scooping key lime pie ice cream out of a loaf pan after freezing with a swimming pool in the background

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This ice cream recipe will yield approximately 6 servings. You might like to browse through our other ice cream recipes:

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Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: ice cream, key lime pie, key lime pie ice cream
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 sheets graham crackers , rough chopped

Instructions

  • Combine the condensed milk, cream, lime juice and lime zest together in a large bowl. Stir to combine
  • Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. (Mine takes between 25-30 minutes until it gets creamy and thick)
  • After the ice cream has set, add the graham cracker crumbs. Stir about 10 seconds.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours until it becomes a more solid ice cream consistency.
  • Serve when ready.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use dairy with a high fat content. Ice cream is not the place to go low-fat. In fact, milks with a lower fat content will not freeze as well and will certainly lack the richness of flavor.
  • Make sure the ice cream maker bowl is cold. If the bowl is not very cold, the ice cream won't freeze as well.
  • The colder the ice cream base, the easier the ice cream will freeze. For best results, don't let the ice cream base get to room temperature. Use cool or cold ingredients and after mixing the ingredients together, quickly pour the ice cream base into the machine bowl.
  • Churn the ice cream until it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream then transfer to a freezer container and cover. The real work begins in the freezer where the ice cream will eventually reach the perfect ice cream consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 77mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 9.3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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