Kaffir Lime Gelato

  • Serves

    makes about 1 quart


Kaffir lime leaves bring an unexpected floral and herbaceous flavor to sweet and creamy gelato.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • 14 tsp. salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 4 Kaffir lime leaves, very thinly sliced, plus more for garnish


Step 1

Whisk milk, cream, sugar, lime zest, salt, and yolks in a 4-quart saucepan. Stir in Kaffir lime leaves and cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour. Set pan over medium heat; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a simmer, 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and pour through a fine strainer; cover with plastic wrap, pressing it against the surface of the custard. Chill custard completely.

Step 2

Pour custard into an ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions until churned and thick. Transfer to an airtight storage container; freeze until set, at least 4 hours. Serve garnished with thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves, if you like.

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