Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Basic Black Raspberry Ice Cream

Yesterday I made ice cream using black raspberries picked from my yard. It isn't practical for me to grow a lot of my own food, but I feel a real sense of accomplishment working with things I've grown myself.


Basic Black Raspberry Ice Cream


Ingredients

2 cups black raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar, divided
2 ½ cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Put the black raspberries in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice and 1/3 cup of the sugar. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow berries to macerate for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Pour the half-and-half into a large bowl. Add the remaining 2/3 cups of the sugar and whisk until dissolved. Add the vanilla extract and whisk it in. Carefully pour just the juice from the berries into the half-and-half, then whisk to blend. Reserve berries for later.

Turn ice cream machine ON. Pour the half-and-half mixture into the ice cream machine. Freeze for about 25 minutes.

Add reserved berries to the ice cream, about a spoonful at a time. Allow to churn for another 5 minutes.

Turn the ice cream machine OFF. Transfer ice cream to a container and place in the freezer. Allow to freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.


Notes

This ice cream turned out a rather bright shade of medium purple.

I made this with half-and-half because I didn’t have whipping cream and whole milk. It makes a slightly lighter but still scrumptious texture. It also didn’t seem to freeze as solid as usual, so a longer time in the ice cream machine might be needed.

I also reduced the usual amount of dairy product from 3 cups to 2 ½. This tastes great, and it reduced the tendency of the ice cream to overflow my ice cream machine.

I forgot to reduce the sugar slightly to account for the reduced milk. It doesn’t harm the flavor, but good berry ice cream doesn’t need a lot of sugar.

I meant to add some clove, but I forgot. Fruit ice cream with just a little spice is extra tasty.
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