Aug 10

Key Lime Pie Gelato Recipe


Key Lime Pie Gelato Recipe

While I am enjoying some summer playtime with my family, several of my favorite food bloggers are sharing their talents with you. Please welcome Shaina of Food for My Family. Shaina is the mother of four little ones, nicknamed Kiwi, Kola Nut, Kumquat and Kidney Bean on her blog. She writes about her family adventures and the meals she prepares to keep all of them fueled and happy. I know I would be one happy kumquat if my mum fed me this gorgeous Key Lime Pie Gelato. I had the opportunity to meet Shaina at a BlogHer conference and am happy to report that she is just as adorable and down-to-earth as she appears on her blog.

You can also find Shaina on Twitter, Facebook, at’s Family Kitchen and at Lifetime Moms, where she is the food editor. And now, let’s hand things over to Shaina.

Each summer I get on an “ice cream” kick, where I only want to make cold substances that slide down easily and cool me off. It’s that midsummer slide, I think, when I’m not quite inspired to can anything other than jam and doing something other than grillables for dinner seems like the worst idea I’ve had in a long time.

Adding to my love for all things frozen and making it significantly worse โ€“ though I don’t really consider a penchant for frozen desserts a bad thing โ€“ is the heat wave that’s been rolling across the continent, sucking the life and motivation out of everyone it touches. It’s hard to be motivated to do things like family bike rides or picnics in the park when the air is hanging so thick and heavy you’d swear you were drinking glasses of warm water with every breath.

So the dessert fairies have landed, and they’re bringing with them flavors kicked with some of our favorite desserts, like Key lime pie, complete with graham cracker crust. It’s the cure for the midweek summer blues, the pick-me-up as you head into the weekend, a way to celebrate both victories and games well played but still lost on the soccer or baseball field.


The great thing about ice cream is the ability to prepare it ahead and have it ready and waiting for when the urge to indulge strikes. I store mine in a plastic-wrap- or parchment-lined container to prevent any sort of freezer burn from hitting the surface of the ice cream, just like the old block-style cartons that had that thin layer of film. Then simply press the layer of protection down after scooping out a serving before returning it back to the freezer to keep ice cream fresh for longer.


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Key Lime Pie Gelato
From the kitchen of Food for My Family. Adapted from Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto.
Serves: 8 servings
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Key lime juice (fresh or bottled like Nellie and Joe's)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • ¾ cup crushed graham crackers, frozen
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk and cream and heat over medium-low heat until small bubbles start to form around the outer edge of the pan, stirring occasionally. While the milk and cream are heating, whisk together egg yolks and then add in sugar, continue to beat until pale yellow.
  2. When the milk and cream have reached 170ยบ F temper the egg yolks by adding a cup or two of the hot cream to them and slowly while constantly whisking. Add the mixture to the pan, pouring slowly and whisking. Heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick enough to cover the back of a wooden spoon and reaches 185ยบ F, without allowing it to boil.
  3. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any possible lumps. Slowly add in lime juice, vanilla extract and lime zest. Cool slowly to room temperature, stirring every so often, and then cover and refrigerate until cold.
  4. Once the gelato mix is cold, freeze it in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Stir in frozen graham cracker crumbs and transfer immediately to an airtight container. Freeze until firm and serve.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barbara Bakes August 10, 2011 at 6:10 am

Great flavor. It reminds me of my great Key West vacation.


2 Cooking Creation August 10, 2011 at 6:16 am

I am definitely making this getlato this weekend! It looks and sounds delicious!


3 Blog is the New Black August 10, 2011 at 6:53 am

GORGEOUS! I imagine this tastes more delicious than it even looks!


4 Pretend Chef August 10, 2011 at 7:06 am

What great flavors. A bowl of this would transport me to the beach. I need to give this gelato a try and share with my guy who has never had gelato before. Yummy!


5 Bev Weidner August 10, 2011 at 7:51 am

Oh good grief, I need that in my face and belly right this second!


6 Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet August 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

Key lime pie is definitely a favorite in my house and it is seriously hard for me to pass up gelato. So together = irresistible.


7 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo August 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite ice cream flavors! I used to always get it at Emack and Bolio’s when I was still living in Boston. Thanks for the recipe – I need to try it!


8 Erin August 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

Mmm it sounds so good! And I do the same thing with my ice cream to prevent freezer burn. Good thing too because I made three batches in a short period of time.


9 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies August 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

I *love* this. In summer, our local ice creamery, “Scoops” makes both Key Lime Pie ice cream and Lemon Meringue Pie ice cream. They’re by far my favorite. Now I can make it at home!


10 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble August 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

Key Lime gelato sounds amazing!!! Like eating a cold chilly pie. Yum!


11 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

Great pictures! The teal, yellow, and lime green are awesome together. And the gelato? YUM.


12 Shaina August 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thanks, Lindsay!


13 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen August 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Key lime – one of my favorite flavors in gelato. I. need. to. make. it.


14 Tracy August 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This is the perfect frozen treat for this almost unbearable heat wave. Love it!


15 Katrina August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

This sounds awesome. I love anything lime.


16 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. August 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Really digging that photo of the smashed gelato cone… great shot!


17 Katie | GoodLife Eats August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

This looks so refreshing! Gorgeous pics, too.


18 cherieZ August 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

where on earth did you get those darling little ice cream cones??


19 Shaina August 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I found these at Super Target, but I have seen them in other supermarkets, too.


20 Russell at Chasing Delicious August 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Yum! I made a key lime pie ice cream a couple summers ago and I forgot how much I loved it until now. I love the idea of it in gelato form. And gorgeous photos!


21 Aimee @ Simple Bites August 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Woah, I’m craving citrus flavors right now. How did Shaina know? I’d like two scoops, please.


22 Shaina August 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Well, you are my sister, right? We share a certain connection. :-p


23 Shirley @ gfe August 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

That looks and sounds amazing! I can’t get enough of the cold stuff right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰



24 Sanjeeta kk August 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Sniff..sniff..lime in my pie…wishing I could polih it off right from my screen, Dara. Excellent clicks.


25 carolinaheartstrings August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That just looks so perfect for this hot summer. Delicious in every way.


26 Roxana GreenGirl August 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I love key lime pie and this gelato sounds so good! Perfect for the hot summer days we’re still facing.
Thanks for sharing Shaina.
Have a wonderful time Dara!


27 Julie August 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm

This looks completely divine! I love key lime! I love gelato! Must make. thanks!!


28 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen August 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

It has started to cool off a little here in Wyoming, but I am still cranking out the ice cream treats, I really want to try this one. Delicious.


29 Courtney August 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

Shaina this looks incredible! Love key lime :)


30 CouponClippingCook August 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Love this recipe…your beautiful pictures have made me start to crave this now!


31 marla August 14, 2011 at 5:52 am

Such a fun recipe for Gelato & I love seeing Shaina over here :)


32 Gaby August 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

such a great recipe – this would probably only last for a few minutes in my kitchen before I gobble it all up! yum


33 Magic of Spice August 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hi Shaina, this is such a wonderful summer treat…delightful!


34 Darla @ Bakingdom August 16, 2011 at 6:48 am

Lime is one of my favorite flavors ever. Love the idea of mixing it into some yummy gelato.


35 Janie August 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I made this and it was wonderful. Thank you.


36 Matt September 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Made this last night and it was a huge hit. Thanks for the great recipe.


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