Bitter Orange Ice Cream Recipe

Following on from my obsession with bitter oranges due to their incredible tart and bitter sherberty taste, after making bitter orange curd, I decided to make and ice cream with them. I made this last year and it is so easy and so incredibly delicious, like sherbert made into ice cream.

I follow Nigella Lawson’s recipe which is featured in her Nigella Bites book but with a few modifications. The best thing about this recipe is that there is no churning involved , although for that reason, it can be a bit on the icy side. For that reason it is important to use double (heavy) cream, although whipping cream works well too. The taste is sweet, tart and a little bitter, like marmalade, as you would expect. I suppose the same specs could be used with lemon, but for the bitterness maybe some grapefruit would work well. However bitter oranges have a floral fragrance about them especially in the zest which is next to impossible to recreate. If you can get your hands on Seville oranges this ice cream is a must.

Bitter Orange Ice Cream Recipe
Yield: 6 Servings
Difficulty: Easy
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Bitter orange ice cream is sweet, tangy, bitter and sherberty, and what is best is that there is no churning necessary.



  • 300 ml juice, bitter orange (approximately 6)
  • 4 tbsp zest, bitter orange (approximately 4)
  • 600 ml double cream, chilled
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1¼ cups of juice, bitter orange (approximately 6)
  • 4 tbsp zest, bitter orange (approximately 4)
  • 2½ cups of heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 cup of icing sugar


  1. Zest the oranges with a microplane grater and the juice the oranges to yield approximately 300 ml of juice.
  2. Start whisking the double cream in a cold bowl with the icing sugar until you get to soft peaks.
  3. Add the zest and whisk the juice in slowly. Keep whisking until the cream is whipped up and thickened.
  4. Freeze for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.Bitter orange ice cream tub
  5. Take out of the freezer half an hour before serving to soften up.

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