Ice Cream, Jane Austen Style By Susanne Dietze

The first published English recipe for ice cream (or, as it was simply called then, ice) was published in 1718 in Mrs. Eale’s Reciepts, so it had been around for several decades by Jane Austen’s day—but it’s likely ices were enjoyed mainly by the wealthy. Out-of-season flavorings and ice for freezing could be expensive!

By the early 1800’s, however, ices were available at many a confectioner’s or pastry cook’s. One of the most famous London confectioner’s was Gunter’s on Berkeley Square (where the characters in my new release, The Reluctant Guardian, visit for ices). One of the most popular flavors of ice was lemon, a fruit that was either imported or grown in conservatories or orangeries.

Here’s a way to make lemon ice similar to how it was made two hundred years ago, without the benefit of an ice cream maker. While I can’t guarantee it’s exactly like Jane Austen might have enjoyed it, it’s as close as I could get! The consistency is different than what we’re used to, but my family and I didn’t mind the texture a bit, and we loved the fresh lemon taste.

Lemon Ice

• 2 c. whipping cream
• 1 c. sugar
• 1/8 t. salt
• 2 t. grated fresh lemon zest (I used Meyer lemons)
• ½ c. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Whip cream. (In Jane Austen’s day, this would have been done by hand, but I used a mixer!) When stiff peaks form, gently fold in sugar, salt, lemon zest, and juice. Pour into a bowl (I used a Tupperware container), cover, and freeze for several hours or overnight, until solid.

Enjoy as Jane Austen might, from a dainty dish, accompanied by a dear friend or a good book.

About The Author

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances. A pastor’s wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website,, and sign up for her newsletter for an occasional cheery hello:

Suzanne’s new book, The Reluctant Guardian releases February 7, 2017. 

When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

Twitter @SusanneDietze


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Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

10 thoughts on “Ice Cream, Jane Austen Style By Susanne Dietze

  1. Julie

    Such an interesting thought..about the ice cream. Sometimes it’s hard to image there not being a quart of store bought ice cream in everyone’s fridge throughout all time.

    1. Susanne Dietze

      Hi Julie! Totally true about the ice cream! It wasn’t just the lemon that made lemon ice expensive and exotic…it was the ice, too! Refrigerators and freezers totally change how people eat! Fun to think about, and boy am I grateful for my fridge!

      Have a great day.

  2. Becky Smith

    Thanks for the recipe! I will have to make it. Susie is a new author to me, but her book looks really intriguing! I just read about her on Goodreads and will have to read this book.


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