I used to absolutely hate lemon desserts (obviously the tables have turned now). I distinctly remember this fact because of the lemon meringue pie we used to occasionally get for dessert at school. I mean yeah I TOOK the pie (I’m not turning down dessert) and mostly ate the marshmallowy meringue topping. I’m pretty sure that it was basic lemon icing drizzled onto fairy cakes that converted me a few years ago and I haven’t looked back since.
One of the things I particularly love is swirling lemon curd into plain yogurt to have with my muesli for breakfast as it adds loads of flavour and contrasts the creaminess of the dairy. That’s where I got the idea of a vanilla ice cream + lemon curd pairing. Then of course it only makes sense to SANDWICH that all between two little, crispy meringues.
All three components of this dessert – lemon curd, vanilla ice cream, meringues – are easy to make OR, if you don’t have much time, buy. I used store bought lemon curd becuase we already had a jar open in the fridge and you don’t need too much for these beauties. I made the meringues so I could get the size I wanted, 3-bite-ish, and the vanilla ice cream because freshly churned ice cream is just stellar. It also meant I got to do the ice cream taste testing. And eat the coating of ice cream which sticks to the inside of the bowl.
If the logistics of ice cream sandwiches are too stressful (e.g. I have sensitive teeth so it takes me about 30 minutes to eat one :/ ) just make a citrusy ice cream variation on Eton mess: crush the meringues into large chunks and swirl, along with a few tablespoons of lemon curd, into freshly churned ice cream. Scoop generously into a bowl and grab a spoon – it’s just as good.
– Ice cream adapted from Jeni’s Ice Cream base recipe
– If you want to make the lemon curd, I recommend Delia Smith’s recipe
For the meringues:
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup (110 g) caster (superfine) sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
For the vanilla ice cream:
- 2 cups (500 ml) whole milk
- 1 cup (250 ml) double (heavy) cream
- 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp corn flour , (cornstarch)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Lemon curd , , for assembly
Make the meringues:
- Preheat the oven to 230 F (110 C) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl and beat with an electric whisk until frothy. Add the lemon juice and continue to beat whilst gradually adding all the sugar until stiff peaks form. Take heaped tablespoons of meringue and dollop them onto the lined baking tray, spreadign them out slightly with the back of the spoon. Place into the oven to 70 minutes then switch the oven off and leave in the oven with the door closed for a further hour.
Meanwhile make the ice cream:
- Place the cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large pot heat the milk, cream and sugar over a medium heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Take about 1/3 cup of this liquid and gradually stir it into the cornstarch in the bowl until smooth and fully mixed. Pour this cornstarch slurry back into the pot and stir to combine. Continue to stir and cook this mixture over a medium-low heat until thickened (5-10 minutes) then pour into a jug and chill until completely cool. Once cooled churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the churned ice cream to a lidded container and freeze until needed.
- Spread about 1 tsp of lemon curd onto the underside of a meringue. Top with a scoop (mine is a 2 tbsp ice cream scoop) of the vanilla ice cream and sandwich together with a second meringue. Eat immediately or wrap the sandwiches individually in cling film and freeze for up to 1 week.
Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
50 thoughts on “Lemon Meringue Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches (GF)”
Beautiful! How do you like your ice cream maker? I have always wanted one with a built in chiller like that.
it’s literally a dream come true. I can have ice cream or froyo on a whim now instead of planning 24h in advance!
Added to my wish list. I just switched to the KitchenAid bowl attachment from the standard Cuisinart ice cream maker. I was never a fan of that Cuisinart. The Kitchenaid bowl is great, but there is still the 24 hour wait and you can’t make multiple batches.
Gosh these look yummy :3
I love the idea of making it into an Eton mess kind of dessert, I have sensitive teeth too and it would make it a lot easier to eat XD
Amazing as always <3
These look delicious! I love the idea of using meringue for ice cream sandwiches, a like cookie ice cream sandwiches, only BETTER!
I also completely admire you for always taking the dessert too. A sub standard dessert is better than no dessert every time!
Jennie // Scarletscorchdroppers
This looks beautiful! I love your suggestions for making it even easier. Gorgeous styling and photos as always!
Tste testing an eating the stuff that burns, sticks, and crumbles is the best part of being in the kitchen! I love this whole idea! You never fail to amaze!
Oh my! This is heaven on a plate! I’m pretty sure I could snaffle all of these without even breathing!
Wow. This look AMAZING. What a treat. Thank you so much.
Izy, these are GORGEOUS. I love your new header too!!!
This is AWESOME!
Ice cream taste testing is just the worst, isn’t it? I’m glad you got through it.
This looks so good!!! Such beautiful pictures!
these are gorgeous!!
Oh wow these look amazing! Last year I made several batches of lemon and lime curd and unfortunately (or not) consumed them within several days, mostly just eating it straight from the jar at midnight with the fridge open.. but this looks like an amazing use for my next batch, haha. Thank-you!
I eat lemon curd on vanilla ice cream too, but sandwiching it all inside meringues is sort of genius. Thanks for the great idea. I also like lemon curd over warm gingerbread or mixed with cream cheese and sandwiched between ginger cookies (there’s a recipe on my site).
Meringue pieces in my ice cream? That DOES sound awesome (so does eating a crapload of ice cream in the process;). Love this spin on lemon meringue pie!
It looks great! I love fresh tastes. definitely I will give it a try! 🙂
this looks amazing and i will definitely be giving this a go. i might even try it as what my family use to call a snow queen (double cream whipped till soft peaks, add booze of choice and crushed meringues, place in a bowl and freeze until needed) but add a bit of limoncello and swirl in the curd and crushed meringue.
These are beautiful. I want.
WHAT these are brilliant. these textures just make so much sense together. and i love that the ice cream is based on jeni’s! her ice creams are the bomb dot com.
Okay, Izy, this post is INSANELY gorgeous! Your photos are stunning.
And the new header!! Love.
This is genius! Have to make it 🙂
This looks fantastic Izy – I love the idea of making a citrussy eton mess – perfect for summer!
Um, hello, genius! I love all of these things but I think I love them more all together. GORGEOUS!!
Mine didn’t hold together two well. I’d just delight in you amazing pictures and dream about these exceptional lemon meringue ice cream pies manifesting. Thank for the recipe but I’m not cut out for this.
If you wrap them in clingfilm and freeze em for a few hours they’ll be perfect 😉
Wow these look incredible! I love love LOVE anything lemon – the tartness is what I crave! I will have to try this for sure!
What a yummy dessert! I’ve never tried ice cream with meringues before. Clever!
I have such a huge craving for these little sandwiches right now, that’s my diet out the window for today! Really great post, and I can’t wait to try making these myself!
Gorgeous! Meringue, ice cream, and lemons all in one? This has my name written all over it!
This recipe sounds lovely. I want to try making mini-meringues one day now. I love that you added lemon curd to the recipe as well. I am a die-hard lemon dessert lover so lemon curd is one of my absolute favorites!
I seriously looove this idea! So original and cute. And now it’s on my agenda this weekend 🙂
I’m glad I’m not on a diet at the moment.. This combination would probably make my stomach very pleased with me.
Phwoar! Those are some sexy meringues. Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Good lord, these are incredible!
This looks absolutely delicious. Will make this recipe soon.
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