Once more for lychee, Lychee Ice cream

What can I say about lychee ice cream? I love lychee. And I love ice cream. And now, I know I like lychee ice cream! But still, pistachio ice cream is my all times favourite. Nothing can beat pistachio ice cream. Not only pistachio ice cream is heavenly delicious, but it also has a gorgeous colour. Mmmmm. I so much like the green pistachio colour. Oh, I almost forgot, I wanted to write about lychee ice cream.


I don't want to bore you with a long writing. There are so many wonderful books to read. Let's just look at some pictures.

Shall we?

And besides, I've got a cold, have a runny nose and stuffy nose at the same time and my eyes keep getting itchy. I shouldn't really spent this much time with my laptop, should I? I had an urgent need to share this ice cream recipe with you though. Because I so much needed summer! And I had my bit of summer in the London winter when eating my homemade lychee ice cream.

Creme Anglaise is the base for this ice cream recipe. Since I have only made creme Anglaise once in my life, and I'd ended up with horrible scrambled egg taste, I needed some help this time. I googled for a while and I found a wonderful video about making ice cream. Finally I made some changes to David Lebovitz's recipe for pumpkin ice cream.

Lychee Ice Cream

375 ml milk
250 ml double cream
95 g granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
5 large egg yolks
60 g light brow sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
450g fresh lychee, peeled ad stoned, pureed

1. Mix the milk, cream, salt and granulated sugar in a medium sauce pan. Heat the mixture over a low heat until it starts making little bubbles but do not boil. Keep stirring at all time to prevent burning. Turn off the heat.

2. Whisk the egg yolk in a medium bowl. Temper egg yolks with about half cup of hot cream mixture. The easiest way to do this is to use a spoon to ladle hot cream mixture into egg yolks while whisking rapidly. It is very important to add only a little bit of hot cream mixture at a time, otherwise you might scramble your eggs and it would not be tasty. You want to add in about half of the hot cream mixture as you constantly whisk it.

3. Return the warmed egg yolks in to the sauce pan, add the vanilla and cook over medium-low heat whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens. If you are not sure how thick the mixture is, stick a wooden spoon into the mixture to coat the back of your spoon and run your finger down to create a line. If the line holds, you know it's ready.

4. Strain the ice cream mixture through a sieve into a clean bowl set in a ice bath and chill. Add the brown sugar and stir until cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

5. Stir in the lychee puree. If you don't have an ice cream maker (I don't have one) follow these instructions, otherwise freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour your ice cream mixture into a freezer safe container and place it in the freezer. As the mixture starts to freeze around the edges, remove it from the freezer and stir well. Try to break up any frozen sections. Return to freezer. Repeat the process until the mixture is smooth and frozen.


  1. Beautiful ice cream Sarka! Lychees are so delicious, I can see how you were craving summer but at least you got some gorgeous light in your shots, in spite of this crappy weather in this crappy town.

  2. Making ice cream is so rewarding. And you managed to get all these lovely shots before it melted too much. I freeze my scoops in muffin cases as suggested by Meeta at What's For Lunch Honey but when you are fiddling about in this dreadful light it all takes longer and starts melting. I have some lychees in my fridge, I don't think I've bought any before so I don't know what I'll do with them yet. If they last until I have my Mactweets egg yolk glut next week I may try this out. x

  3. Superb job and photos and congrats on making it to Tastespotting...Hope you sent it on to Foodgawker as well? Hope you feel better soon ♥.

  4. Those photos alone make me feel like summer! Soooo beautiful and light! I haven't yet tried to make icecream as I don't have an icecreammaker and will probably hold of with this until summer! It does look delicious though! (did the snow return in London too??)

  5. That some nice looking Ice Cream. Did the puree lychee give an icy texture? Or were you able to keep the ice cream smooth and creamy?

  6. Hilda - thank you Hilda! I totally agree on the crappy weather, it drives me crazy actually! I like London but I hate the weather. I NEED THE SUN! :)

    Sarah - thanks Sarah. It was quite a challenge to photograph the ice cream as I've never done it before. I let it melt a bit to make scoops and put it back to the freezer for a while. As you can see it melted while photographing anyway! :( I actually love lychees most on their own!

    Kitchen Butterfly - thank you Oz. And yes, I did send it on to Foodgawker as well! :)

    Junglefrog - thanks Simone! This is my second ice cream I guess, and the truth is, it would be much easier with an ice cream maker! No more snow in London :( But I will enjoy a proper snow in Finland next month! ;)

    TripleScoop - I would say the ice cream had a bit of icy texture but it was still very creamy. I don't know if it was the lychee puree or the fact that I don't have an ice cream maker. And I'd also had a problem with my freezer at that time, so it took more than 24h before it froze properly :(

  7. Wow, I am definitely going to make this hopefully soon. It will remind me of a place where I grew up. Thanks for the recipe Sari.

  8. Wowwww its beautiful.I have hardly seen any lychee recipes around...looks fabulous:)

  9. I have one ice cream recipe I make once a year and that is it so you are so brave. And look how perfect your ice cream is! Just beautiful - as are your perfect photos. Fantastic, Sari!

  10. What a great idea! I can just imagine the delicate taste... And your photos are always amazing (I like the different steps ;-) Cheers

  11. Lovely Sarka! I had fresh lychee juice last night with dinner and I'm craving more. So this recipe is going to the top of my list come summer.

  12. My first time at your blog! and what a treat it is to just look at these lovely pictures....I am sure everything you have here just tastes as good as it looks!!

  13. This ice cream must taste heavenly!

    Your blog is awesome!



  14. I love lychees. I can't always find them easily but I get them every chance I get. I have yet to try them in an ice cream. Gorgeous photos, btw!


  15. This is beautiful Sari. A pretty and elegant ice cream. I love lychees too and can't wait for summer when they begin tos how up!
    Your pictures are gorgeous as ever! Hope you are feeling better now!

  16. Although it's freezing here, I still WANT to try your lychee ice cream! They look just irresistible!

  17. Lychee, eh? My mum would love it. I'll admit that I've never been much of a lychee fan although that does look quite refreshing. And who does the photography...it's very clean & crisp looking. I love photography so that IS a compliment. Lol

  18. Oh Sarka - how gorgeous! I do agree with you though: pistachio ice cream is the best flavour in the world EVER (and the quickest way to test whether a gelateria knows what they are doing...!). Have never thought of making lychee ice cream, but your post is pretty convincing ;-)

  19. @Elra - If you like lychee, you will enjoy this recipe.

    @Nina - thank you, glad you like it.

    @Jamie - Thank you Jamie! I'd love to try your recipe! :)

    @dada -thank you!

    @Mowie - Oh, I could do with some lychee juice right now! :)

    @Poonam - thank you, so glad you like my blog!

    @Rosa - thank you for visiting here!

    @Nisrine - Thank you.

    @Deeba - thank you my dear, you are so kind! ;)

    @Angie's Recipes - it's freezing here too, although I enjoyed this ice cream! ;)

    @Butterfingers - I love lychee and it definitely is refreshing. Unfortunately it's mostly available here during winter! Thank you for your compliment! I photograph everything for this blog and really appreciate you like my photos! Food photography is my huge passion.

    @Jeanne - Oh, so happy to hear such nice words about pistachio flavour! My next homemade ice cream will definitely be a pistachio one! ;)

  20. wow! with all these amazing recipes and photos you definitely need to be working for a magazine!

  21. Here in Houston there is a place that sells Lychee Pistachio ice cream!