Prep 40 mins
Cook 30 mins
Tastes even better the next day.
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh lemon zest or 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 3 graham crackers, crumbled
- In a bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth and creamy; beat in the egg and vanilla; set aside.
- Bring the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan; slowly beat the hot milk into the cheese mixture.
- Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
- Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly (don’t let the mixture boil or the egg will scramble).
- Remove pan from heat and pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large clean bowl.
- Let the custard cool slightly, then stir in the lemon zest and cream.
- Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
- Stir the chilled custard; freeze in 1 or 2 batches in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions, adding the crumbled graham crackers to the machine when the ice cream is semifrozen; allow the machine to mix in the crackers.
- When finished, the ice cream will be soft but ready to eat.
- For firmer ice cream, transfer mixture to a freezer-safe container and freeze several hours.
- *White Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream: omit the lemon zest; add ½ cup melted white chocolate to the custard along with the vanilla; proceed as directed.
- *Oreo Cheesecake Ice Cream: omit the lemon zest; substitute crumbled oreos for the graham crackers; proceed as directed.
REALLY GOOD, but next time ill cut the sugar down to 3/4 cup next time or even 1/2 cup...a bit too sweet, but it could also be because I only used the remaining 3oz cream cheese i had........I saw the same recipe in my ultimate ice cream book too!...I swirled some bluberry pie filling into it to make blueberry cheesecake ice cream...I also used 4 egg yolks, cos I ALWAYS use 4 yolks for ice cream..it makes it richer and less melty-ish, if thats even a word....Go nursedi!