Cherry Lemon No Churn Ice Cream

Cherry Lemon No Churn Ice Cream

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes (10 minutes for lemon mixture, 15 minutes for cherry swirl)
Freezing Time: At least 6 hours (or overnight)


● 3 large eggs
● 1 cup granulated sugar
● 2 cups heavy cream
● 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1-2 lemons)
● 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2-3 lemons)
● 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
● Pinch of salt
● 1 cup Rainier or Red cherries, pitted and halved
● 2 tablespoons sugar (for cherry swirl)
● 1 tablespoon lemon juice (for cherry swirl)


1. Prepare the Loaf Pan:
Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving enough overhang to cover
the top once the semifreddo is poured in.
2. Make the Cherry Swirl:
In a small saucepan, combine the cherries, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1
tablespoon of lemon juice.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cherries break down
and the mixture thickens slightly, about 10-15 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

3. Make the Lemon Mixture:
In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 cup of sugar, lemon zest, 1/2
cup of lemon juice, and salt.
Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler method) and
whisk continuously until the mixture thickens and reaches a custard-like
consistency, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

4. Whip the Cream:
In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks

5. Combine and Fold:
Once the lemon mixture is cool, gently fold it into the whipped cream until fully
combined. Be careful not to deflate the cream too much.

6. Assemble the Semifreddo:

Pour half of the lemon mixture into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
Spoon half of the cooled cherry mixture over the lemon layer and gently swirl
with a knife or skewer.
Repeat with the remaining lemon mixture and cherry swirl.

7. Freeze:
Fold the overhanging plastic wrap over the top to cover.
Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight until firm.

8. Serve:
When ready to serve, unwrap the top of the semifreddo and use the plastic
wrap to help lift it out of the pan.
Slice the semifreddo into thick slices and serve immediately. Garnish with
additional lemon zest, fresh cherries, and crushed gingersnaps if desired.