Monday, July 2, 2012

Very Berry Ice Cream

With the hot summer weather, I have been making cool and refreshing foods.  I have had a great time making various flavors of ice cream.  The family has enjoyed eating them as well.

Today, I am going to share a recipe for  Very Berry Ice Cream.  As the name suggests, it is loaded with berries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  The original recipe called for strawberries but I did not have any so I used raspberries.   The berries are cooked until they burst and become a bit syrupy.  The syrup enhances the flavor of the custard.   The berries are then added to the rich custard which is processed in your ice cream maker.  Freeze for at least 1 hour.  You are reward with a creamy refreshing frozen  treat.  What I liked about this recipe was the ice cream wasn't so sweet that it overpowered the berry flavor.

Very Berry Ice Cream
From "Family Circle" Magazine

1/3 cup fresh blueberries
1/3 cup fresh blackberries
1/2 cup chopped and hulled fresh strawberries (I used raspberries)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
4 egg yolks
2 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Combine berries, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Cook 5 minutes or until berries burst and become a bit syrupy.  Cool.
Cooking The Berries

2. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the sugar.  Heat milk, cream, salt and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a medium pot until barely simmering.  Remove from heat and slowly whisk into egg-sugar mixture to temper.  Pour mixture back into pot and set over medium-low heat.  Stir constantly until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon (170 degrees to 180 degrees) about 4 to 8 minutes.  Pour through strainer into a new bowl; cool over ice bath or in refrigerator.

Egg Yolks and Sugar

Heating Milk Mixture

Whisking Milk into Egg Mixture

Cooling Custard

3. Whisk vanilla extract and berries into cooled creamy egg mixture.  Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.  Transfer to a lidded container and freeze at least 1 hour.

Makes 6 cups
Berries Whisked into Custard

In the Ice Cream Maker

Ready to Put into the Freezer

Yummy Very Berry Ice Cream


  1. I think I like the flavor of mixed berries more than any one berry alone. I bet this ice cream tastes amazing! Have a great holiday!!!

  2. This Ice cream looks amazing!! I love berries…one at a time or mixed it doesn’t matter to me! Yum!! Happy 4th!!