Orange Pineapple Ice Cream

Orange Pineapple Ice Cream

Enjoying a cool and creamy scoop of ice cream is always the most fun on a hot summer day. My favorite flavor of ice cream growing up was orange pineapple, which I don’t come across very often anymore. So when we made this genius Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Cookie and Kate, I knew it would be perfect to adapt. (Be sure to try out the original recipe as well as the Fresh Mint Ice Cream variation – it’s delicious with chopped dark chocolate added just before putting it in the ice cream maker.)

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You do have to plan ahead and start the recipe the day before you want to have the ice cream, but I promise it will be worth it. You’ll also need an ice cream maker. I use a Cuisinart ICE-70 and absolutely love it, but there are a ton of options available.

Once you’ve got the basic technique for making this ice cream down, you can create your own favorite flavors with it. The possibilities are really endless and it’s fun to experiment. For example, to make a delicious Key Lime Pie Ice Cream:

  • Substitute 1 teaspoon key lime zest for the orange zest
  • Substitute 1/3 cup key lime juice for the pineapple
  • Add 3/4 cup crushed graham crackers during the final moments of freezing in the ice cream maker

Want to host a fun summer get together? Stock your freezer with several different varieties of ice cream and plan an ice cream social.

Orange Pineapple Ice Cream

Makes 1.5 quarts


  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup half & half
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 3/4 cups turbinado sugar
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pinapple


  • Combine the milk, half & half, and orange zest in a medium sauce pan.  Affix a candy thermometer to the side of the pan, then place it over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 180◦.  
  • Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar, salt, and egg yolk in a medium bowl and whisk until it becomes pale.
  • Gradually add a little of the milk mixture to the egg mixture while whisking vigorously.  Continue adding and whisking until the two mixtures are fully combined, then return it all to the pan.
  • Place the pan over medium-low heat and cook until the mixture reaches 160◦, whisking constantly.
  • Transfer the mixture to another bowl and add the vanilla extract.  After it cools to room temperature, place the bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and add the pineapple.  Follow your ice cream maker’s instructions for freezing.  Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container for a few hours to firm it up a little more if you would like.    

4 comments found

    1. Hi! Orange zest is the outermost, bright orange part of the orange peel. To easily remove it, you can gently grate it off. (Don’t forget to thoroughly wash the orange first.) My preferred tool is a Microplane Rasp Grater.

  1. I didn’t know you could use orange zest and lime. I need to get an ice cream flavoring for some vanilla we have. I’ll have to get a more fruity ensemble for lighter flavors.

    1. Hello! Yes, I’ve found citrus zest to work great for flavoring ice cream, among other things. You also can’t beat a good classic vanilla though!

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