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July 31, 2018

Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry ice cream, au natural. The berries are roasted to remove waters and concentrate the flavor and sugars. A simple base is mixed with the berry puree and once churned, this is the most unmistakably blueberry ice cream you can make at home. 

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overhead plate filled with scoops of blueberry ice cream

Two things to know about this recipe: 1. the idea was born during my early baby food making days (now 7 years ago!), and 2. the first time I made it my husband told me it was the best ice cream he had in his entire life.

Our pediatrician recommended this book called Little Foodie when babygirl was just starting solids. We tried a few different recipes from it, none really clicked for us except this one dead simple recipe of chucking a couple of handfuls of fresh blueberries into the oven with a bit of cinnamon. The berry lover in me was intrigued, and gave it a go.

 

Blueberries added in or a very blueberry ice cream?

Lily loved it and made an adorable purple mess on her face. When I tried it, I was suddenly let in on this secret roasted blueberry world. I thought about all the times in my life I had made various blueberry bakes – muffins, cakes, scones, cookies even. With every one of these, the blueberries were sprinkled in, almost like an afterthought. But what if I could use this method and made them the star? So I got to work.

I came up with a blueberry loaf recipe we loved and I did the same with strawberries a few weeks later. And that color that blueberries gave, sans lemon, was so incredible I wanted it everywhere and on everything..

And so, this ice cream recipe was born – one where blueberries are not relegated to a ripple or made artificially blue but are bursting into center stage, beautifully naturally purple.

 

blueberry ice cream

What berries should I use to make blueberry ice cream?

The blueberries you use will make a huge difference in taste here. If your berries weren’t that sweet or tasty, the flavor won’t come through. Blueberries have a very delicate flavor when left to stand alone. I’ve had best results when I’ve used berries from local farms. I know for a fact that the reason my husband loved it so much the first time I made it was because the berries were so flavorful. Out of season blueberries won’t lend as good of a flavor.

You may use frozen blueberries as fruits are often frozen at high season. In this case the roasting may take a little longer given the lower temperature of the berries when they go into the oven. Depending on the type of blueberries used, and if you kept the skins in, as well as the addition of lemon the color of your final ice cream will vary from a grayer purple to a fuchsia.

Blueberry ice cream add-ins and flavorings

  • For a fresh mint variation: pulse 1/3 cup fresh mint with the 1/2 cup sugar.
  • In place of 1 cup of the blueberries you could use rhubarb or strawberries.

 

The No Churn Blueberry Ice Cream Variation

To make this I’d slow roast the berries as directed, puree let cool then stir together with 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk and lemon, if using. Then, whip 2 cups of heavy cream to medium peaks and carefully fold it all together. Set it in a container and freeze.

 

Recipe for Blueberry Ice Cream



Blueberry Ice Cream

Eggless blueberry ice cream made with slow roasted berries.
overhead plate filled with scoops of blueberry ice cream
Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 550 g fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup whole milk 240g
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream or heavy cream 480g
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100g
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice optional

Method

  • Preheat oven to 400, toss blueberries on a sheet pan and roast for 30-45 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until berries are totally broken down and some of the water has evaporated.
  • In a saucepan, heat salt, cream and sugar until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  • Process blueberries with the milk and sieve the puree to remove skins.
  • Stir together the milk & blueberry puree with the cream and sugar mixture. Add the vanilla and lemon.
  • Cover and set in the fridge for 8-10 hours to chill.
  • Freeze according to your ice cream machine’s instructions.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the freezer.

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  1. Hi – I’m confused about what to do with the milk and cream in Steps 2-4. Step 2 calls for heating CREAM, sugar, and salt, but Step 4 refers to a “MILK and sugar mixture.” Should Step 4 say “Stir together the blueberry puree with the milk and the cream/sugar mixture” or something else? BTW, blueberries are in season here in southeast Michigan, and I’m excited to try this!

  2. 5 stars
    So I just made this today…well yesterday and today… OMG I can’t wait to have this along side your blueberry layer cake this weekend. I have also been eyeing your curd cookies…..I really wished I hadn’t been sick all last month. All those hours not trying your delicious stuff…

    • Hi Anthea! In theory you could try it as a no churn, so whip the heavy cream to medium peaks and fold in the rest of the ingredients after they have cooked and cooled. But I Haven’t tried it myself so can’t be sure of the outcome!