Summer in a cup

Homemade lemon ice cream with fresh blueberries.
Need I say more?



1-2 T. freshly grated lemon zest
½ c. fresh lemon juice
1 c. sugar
3 large eggs
2 c. half & half
1 tsp. vanilla

In a saucepan, whisk together the zest, lemon juice, sugar and eggs.  Whisk in 1 c. of half & half plus the vanilla.  Cook over moderately high heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture just comes to a simmer.

Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill thoroughly (several hours to overnight).  Whisk in remaining 1 c. half & half and freeze in an ice cream freezer.

Perfect for eating while watching the Olympics!


57 thoughts on “Summer in a cup”

    • Also called an ice cream maker. One of those plug-in machines that makes ice cream for you!

  1. Hi Ms. Fredrick,
    I just wanted to tell you your mother daughter book club series is my all time favorite. I’ve been reading since the first book came out when i was (coincidently) in sixth grade like the original story characters. Now a sophmore, i will continue to read this series all through high school and i cannot wait for the next title. I have probably re read all of them at least ten times each! Thanks so much for these awesome books-i cant wait for more!
    A grateful reader,
    P.S. Are you going to be in southern california anytime soon?

    • Aww, thanks Aly! 🙂 This makes me insanely happy! Will probably be in SoCal sometime this next year but no firm dates yet. Stay tuned…

  2. Who gave you the recipe? It sounds so goooood! I’m licking my lips in anticipation! And I LOVED the opening ceremony- they’re always so creative and interesting.

    • Oh, I’ve had the recipe for years. It’s one of our family favorites. I think I got it from a magazine somewhere. I loved the opening ceremonies, too — especially Mr. Bean!

      • Omg Mr. Bean is the atomic bomb (as one of my besties called our science teach last year). That was sooooooo hilarious. I literally was laughing till like 30 minutes after that part was done. I thin kme and my BFFLEFAA (best friend for like ever forever and always) have this condition where we laugh for no reason and then keep laughing for a long time. I know we’re wierd but thats us if you knew us you’d see that we are inseperable and probably think we were crazy.

  3. :). That’s fun. What’s your favorite Olympic sport, Heather? I like swimming because it’s the only sport that I’m at all good at (unless reading counts as a sport, that is).

  4. This looks amazing! Have you ever tried making a brownie in a mug? It only takes 3 minutes to make and cook and they are really good! Especially with ice cream on top!

    • I have a recipe for one of those, but haven’t tried it. Wanna share your recipe with us?

      • I would love to but I made them with my sister a few weeks ago at her house and it was her recipe so I don’t have it, but I am sure that there are some great ones online. I will see if I can get it from her!

  5. We just bought my Dad an ice cream maker, so last night we had homemade vanilla bean custard and homemade blackberry crisp!! 🙂

  6. Delish- I’m in a cooky mood this week, so if anyone has any recipes they’d like to share, go for it! I’m gonna see if there’s an old recipe I can cookup….

  7. Hey, Mackenzie! I bet you know the recipe for s`mores, right? Well, apparently if you sprinkle some brown sugar, it tastes great. My friend told me about it and I decided to pass it on to you. Not the best snack for summer (what with the fire and everything) but microwave it and tell me how it goes, will you?


  8. Wow! I LOVE that idea Sandy! I’ll DEFINITELY try that out next time my family has s’mores….. thx a lot for the great suggestion! 😀

    • No prob. Are you still in a ‘cooky mood’ this week? Because I have another recipe for you (and others who might want to try it out). It might not be as good as Heather’s, but I love it! It’s called SANGRIA PUNCH.

      What you Need:

      Three limes, divided
      1 Pouch of drink mix, any flavor
      4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
      1 cup orange juice
      3 cups club soda
      2 navel oranges, sliced

      Make it!

      Squeeze juice from 1 lime. Add to a large glass. Stir in drink mix, cranberry juice cocktail, and orange juice until dissolved.

      Add club soda, stir. Slice remaining limes; add to prepared drink along with the orange slices. Serve over ice.

      Enjoy! Hope you like it!
      -Sandy 🙂

  9. Hi! I love that recipe! Will it work with an icecream maker? By the way, any chance you will be anywhere in Ohio sometime? Thanks for the post!

    • Yes! It’s meant for an ice cream maker. As for Ohio, nothing on the calendar as yet, but you never know. 🙂

  10. Yum! Do you make the ice cream in a machine? I can’t wait to try it- also literally just finished Once Upon A Toad five minutes ago- it’s SO hilarious! Olivia cracks me up… Especially Piper Fleabrain. Hahaha.

    • Yep, we have a little countertop ice cream machine that’s fabulous. So glad you enjoyed TOAD, Amelia!

    • Yay! I’m so glad she loved it — it’s one of my all-time favorite recipes. And you know what goes really well with it? Homemade gingersnaps (see the back of THE VOYAGE OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED for my ginger molasses cookie recipe). 🙂

  11. Heather, I just made this recipe and on top we put FRESHLY PICKED blueberries 🙂 It is just amazing! I will be in Concord next week…. I am so so so excited! Any special places we should stop by? Mom already picked up a map and we have found all the streets that the MDBC “girls” live on. We get to drive by all them!

    • Ha! It’s a hit! Glad everybody liked it. I’m excited you’re heading to Concord! Be sure and go to Kimball Farm for ice cream. And Orchard House! Maybe a swim in Walden Pond? Author’s Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The Old North Bridge. I wish I could say that Pies & Prejudice is a real place, but alas it’s a figment of my imagination. The Concord Bookshop is a FABULOUS bookstore, by the way. 169 Lowell Road is the house I lived in when we were there (it was white then, and a much prettier yellow now). The house next door to it was the model for the Hawthorne’s house. Have fun, Cassie!

  12. Ooh, this was posted on my birthday!!! XD Looks so yummy and refreshing- perfect for summer!! 🙂

  13. Hey Heather… I’m just wondering if you ever received a snail mail letter from me! I have been away for three months and thought I set up with the post office to get my mail forwarded. Either I have got no mail in the past three mths or the post office has a few problem!

    • It’s probably me, Cassie. I’m woefully behind again. Hoping to catch up in the next couple of weeks…

  14. Heather your Concord house is beautiful!!! If Emma’s house is the wood one on the right of it it suits the Hawthorne family to a “T”. If it is the ramshackled building on the left…. I am not to sure what to say about that 🙂 lol. We went to Orchard house today along with Waldon Pond and Old North Bridge. Staying in Boston tonight but hoping to go back to Concord tomorrow! I’m so excited. I can actually “picture” the MDBC girls houses they live in, where they go to school and where they go on teh weekend 🙂 Thanks for all the “tourist” suggestions! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

    • How fun, Cassie! Yes, Emma’s house is the cute one, not the little shack ha ha. So excited you got to Orchard House and all the other landmarks. Don’t miss Kimball Farm for ice cream! (Though I hear there’s a great ice cream place near the train station, too, closer to the center of town.)


  15. I’m home now, I had a trip of a lifetime 🙂 Now when I read the MDBC books I can picture everything as if they are real! So EXCITED for WYWE!!!!!!

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