Grapefruit Curd Ice Cream ~ Savory Simple

This might just be my new favorite ice cream.  I really love any type of curd- lemon, passionfruit, blood orange… you name it and you’ll probably find it on this site somewhere.  Just after school when I was working my brief stint as a pastry chef, we made lemon curd ice cream one night.  It was as decadent as it sounds- rich and tangy with that custard flavor you only get from a curd.  Much better than a regular lemon ice cream.  I’ve been wanting to make it again ever since.  What I particularly love about this version is that the grapefruit offers a slight bitterness in the background; not something you often taste in ice cream or even a regular curd.  But it works really well here and balances the sweetness.

Don’t use a processed store-bought grapefruit juice to make this.  It won’t taste right.  The only exception can be found in some higher end grocers like Whole Foods.  If the container says something like “100% fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice” you’re probably ok.  Double check the ingredient list to make sure there are no additives or anything from concentrate.  Trust me, I learned this lesson the hard way.  The safest bet will always be juicing the grapefruit yourself.

 

Grapefruit Curd Ice Cream
 
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Serves: about 3 cups
Ingredients
Grapefruit Curd:
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1¼ cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • optional: 1 drop each of pink and red food coloring
Curd Ice Cream:
  • 1½ cup curd, chilled
  • 1⅓ cup half and half, chilled
  • 5 tablespoons confectioners sugar
Instructions
To make the curd:
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk eggs, egg yolks and sugar together until smooth. Whisk the corn starch together with a bit of the grapefruit juice to create a slurry.
  2. Whisk the grapefruit juice and slurry into the egg mixture.
  3. Add the food coloring if using.
  4. Continue to whisk over medium heat until thick, 10-15 minutes. It should be the consistency of pudding. Make sure the whisk hits the bottom of the pot to keep the bottom from burning. This is less likely to happen if you use a heavy bottom saucepan.
  5. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in pieces of the butter.
  6. Move the curd to a bowl and allow to chill in the refrigerator. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  7. Store extra curd in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pushed directly against the curd to prevent a skin from forming.
To make the ice cream:
  1. Whisk the curd and half and half together until well combined.
  2. Sift in one tablespoon of confectioners sugar at a time while whisking.
  3. Prepare according to your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions.
Notes
I prefer to make this recipe over 2 days since the curd only takes 15 minutes to prepare but needs time to chill thoroughly. If you prepare the curd the night before, it will only take 25 minutes the next day to finish the ice cream.

 

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Comments

  1. Ice cream with grapefruit? LOVE!! :)

  2. This is such a beautiful ice cream, I love the color!

  3. This ice cream has looks and flavour – love it :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. The gorgeous color alone is enough to make me want to grab a spoon and sample some through the screen! Beautiful. (I love curds too!)

  5. Oh yum! I made a grapefruit curd last winter. It’s one of my favorites! Never would have thought to turn it into an ice cream!

  6. Lan | angry asian says:

    it’s a straight up shame that i can’t consume dairy because i know that dw would love this. he loves ice cream and he loves grapefruit.

    • Savory Simple says:

      Could you try making the curd without the butter and then making a non-dairy ice cream? Maybe use some earth balance for the curd and soy cream?

    • There is a delicious recipe for Ruby Grapefruit Sorbet on the Williams-Sonoma website. There are also YouTube videos demonstrating how to remove the pulp. While this one sounds yummy and I can’t wait to try it, the sorbet might work for you.

  7. This really intrigues me. I love grapefruit, but haven’t thought about using it in ice cream!

  8. You always make the prettiest food! And I think pretty food tastes better :) Loving this ice cream, cheek puckerable!

  9. OMG! I have been thinking about making curd for a while now and this has me even more excited about it! The most beautiful color of ice cream ever! PS: How did you get your Pinterest buttons on the pics? I love it!

  10. I just used lemon curd to make ice cream, but store bought. Never thought of other types of curd. This sounds amazing and the color is beautiful!!

  11. The ice cream is just intoxicating! The lush color is so inviting, I’m charmed!

  12. this is absolutely gorgeous! how creative

  13. I just bought an ice cream maker and need to break it in. I don’t really like grapefruit, as anything bitter turns me off, but that lemon curd ice cream sounds absolutely heavenly. I must try to make it.

  14. this looks wonderful adore grapefruits

  15. I love grapefruit sorbet, I bet this is amazing!

  16. This is gorgeous, I love that bright color!

  17. Wow, this looks amazing! I am really drooling, however, over the possibility of a blood orange curd ice cream.

  18. Gorgeous photo! Ice cream is SO hard to photograph and you nailed it! I love anything curd too and I can totally imagine it making ice cream that much better. I can’t wait to try this next time I make curd!

  19. What a very interesting ice cream flavor and I love the color too! I just wish I can try it. Thanks for sharing!

  20. AMAZING! I really can’t wait to try this. I need an ice cream maker asap!

  21. I´m dying to try this ice cream. It looks phenomenal and grapefruit (and tangerine) are my absolute favorite flavors. Gorgeous!

  22. I am so jealous of this ice cream right now! I have just ordered an ice cream maker, and am eagerly awaiting it!

  23. WOW, this looks great. i love grapefruit and never thought to make grapefruit curd. I gotta get my hands on an ice cream machine!

  24. I adore grapefruit, and I love the look of this ice cream! I’ve never thought to make grapefruit curd, brilliant!

  25. Well, this one has a bit of a learning curve to it for me. I’m not at all familiar with curd! But I love the way you describe it. I’ll spend some time with the google boys and see what I can learn. I’m not afraid of a little research–especially if it leads me to a new ice cream flavor! It really does sound wonderful! Debra

  26. Wow, curd icecream sounds amazing! and I totally agree on using juice that you juiced yourself,some store bought stuff has nothing to do with fruit

  27. i love grapefruit + this sounds delightful! so refreshing. and your pics are always so gorgeous!

  28. What a gorgeous ice-cream!

  29. Holy cow, this sounds delicious!! I just love grapefruit. I need to try this!

  30. Intriguingly weird – I’d like to try that ;-)

  31. What an interesting and creative flavor for ice cream!

  32. Oh I wish I had seen this when I had some grapefruit!! I don’t like them much but in a curd, I’m sure I would! :D

  33. Love the colour of this ice cream…I’ve never liked grapefruit but after reading your post I may just have to give this a try!

  34. Pretty ice cream… that’s something I never thought I’d say! Looks excellent Jen! :) :)

  35. I just made the grapefruit curd and I’ll be making the ice cream tomorrow (hopefully!) The curd is pretty darn tasty on its own!

    • Savory Simple says:

      Yay! Let me know how it turns out. And trust me, I know. I had a hard time not devouring the curd the night before I made the ice cream.

  36. I just love the pinkish color. So pretty!

  37. I really don’t think I’ve tried grapefruit ice cream before! What a fantastic recipe!

  38. About a year ago we discovered that grapefruit sorbet was most likely our very favorite. (I’ve since found another that competes.) But this ice-cream of yours…I can taste it…and I can adore it already from the image and your perfect description….and you can BET I’m going to be churning up a batch! Beautiful!

  39. Your ice cream shot made me stare at it for some moments… simply gorgeous. I agree, the process juice won’t give nice color like this. I don’t know what color is this, but so beautiful! My mouth is watering since I started your photo, saving the recipe!!!

  40. Sounds delicious! I recently made a grapefruit sorbet that was delicious! I actually have the recipe on my ice cream and sorbet blog! I would love to share it with you!
    http://nondairyicecream.blogspot.ca/

    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers!

  41. I have not made grapefruit curd yet — I would if I happened on a glut of grapefruit — it sounds delicious (and equally good as ice cream)

  42. I want some! :D

  43. Grapefruit curd – unique dessert. Looks wonderful. Thanks.

  44. I’ve got to admit that I’m not real fond of grapefruit but my wife loves anything citrus. I’ll have to pass this on to her.

  45. I saw this on the Fabulous Food Bloggers FB page, so I had to run over! I have an obsession with different types of curds (I’ve blogged strawberry, peach, and blood orange), so I can’t wait to make grapefruit and turn it into ice cream!

  46. That sounds amazing. It never occurred to me to use citrus curd in ice cream–must try.

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