Lemon gelato feeds the soul, honestly. It’s one of those recipes that instantly takes me back to moments spent with my sister, and as a mom there’s nothing quite like getting to share memories with your children through food. Until recently, I hadn’t had lemon gelato in years. It had always reminded me of when my sister and I were travelling in Italy. Every day at our hotel we would eat their lemon gelato, and I mean every day. This recipe lets me recreate those days for my family plus it’s a light and refreshing dessert I know they’ll love. It also can be served in citrus bowls for a fun presentation, making it perfect for entertaining a larger group! For me, lemon gelato is more than a tasty treat, it’s a tiny time capsule that takes me back to some special days in Bologna. I hope it helps you scoop some memories of your own!

You can find more of Patricia’s recipes on her YouTube channels, Farm to Table Family and Farm to Table Baby Mama, which focus on creating delicious food for babies and children. The recipes are modern takes on traditional favorites inspired by the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients.

Recipe: Lemon Gelato

Try this light and refreshing lemon gelato. It's perfect for entertaining a large group.


  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • Lemon peel from 3 lemons
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ½ cups half and half
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Squeeze 2/3 cup lemon juice.
  2. Cut peel from 3 lemons. Wash the lemon peels to remove any juice and place in a separate bowl.
  3. Separate 6 egg yolks into a mixing bowl and whisk in 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream.
  4. In a small pot, heat 1 ¼ cups sugar and 2 ½ cups half and half over medium heat. Add lemon peels. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  5. Temper: add about a spoonful of the warm mixture to the egg yolk mixture.
  6. Gradually add the egg yolk mixture into the warm mixture.
  7. Return to medium heat and cook until mixture thickens. It should be thick enough to cover a wooden spoon.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  9. Remove lemon peels.
  10. Refrigerate overnight or cool over an ice bath.
  11. When ready to make gelato, stir in lemon juice.
  12. Add to ice cream maker and follow the machine’s instructions.
  13. Scoop and serve!

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