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Blackberry and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Blackberry and Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 6 hours (including chilling and freezing time)

Some friends of ours have blackberry bushes that have been going crazy this summer. They invited us over a couple of weeks ago to pick as many as we wanted, and my toddler loved it (her hands were completely purple by the end). We came home with several pounds of blackberries and after I made a big batch of jam, we still had enough left to make this amazing ice cream. It looks like sorbet, but it definitely has the deep rich flavor of ice cream. You could certainly swap out the blackberries for raspberries.

by Janssen Bradshaw

What you'll need

  • 3 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla

Notes:

Yields about 1 quart

How to make it

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the berries until liquid escapes and they are very soft. Carefully transfer to a blender or food processor (don't seal the lid completely so the steam can escape) and blend until completely smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove most or all of the seeds. Discard seeds and set aside berry puree.
  2. In a saucpan or heavy-bottomed pot, combine cream and milk and cook over medium-low, stirring frequently, until it comes to a simmer (try not to let it boil). While the mixture heats, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl (it will be very very thick).
  3. When the milk mixture reaches a simmer, remove from heat and scoop out 1/3 cup of the mixture and pour in a slow stream, whisking constantly, into the egg/sugar mixture.
  4. Return the milk mixture to the stovetop and turn the heat to medium-low. Whisking constantly, pour in the egg mixture and let cook until it thickens and coat the back of your spoon or spatula. Remove from heat and stir in the berry puree, the cream cheese, and vanilla. Mix until cream cheese is completely combined.
  5. Refrigerate until it's completely chilled, then freeze in an ice cream mixer according to manufacturer's directions. Spoon into a covered container and let freeze for about 2 hours before serving (or you can serve it right away if you don't mind your ice cream a little soft and you have little mouths clamoring for a taste).

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