Monday, July 30, 2007

Blueberry Ice cream

DD has been asking to go to the Berry picking farm for quiet some time now. We had gone to pick Strawberries summer before last, this year the stawberry season was over even before we realized it. I have been having ice creams on my mind after the mouth watering displays on blogs recenttly and ofcourse DD has been pestering for some too. On my visit Lancaster Dutch Market for my weekly grocery items I also grabbed 2 Pints of Heavy Cream (that was a lot of cream that has now become ice cream). All that remained was a to decide on a fruit. I was craving for some Roasted Banana Ice cream but where are those over ripe bananas when you want them most.


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We gave in to DDs pestering a had decided on visiting the Farm to pick Blueberries well I had my ice cream reason too, be ready for the addiction that comes over you when you start picking the berries, we were 5 of us with addiction and we picked enough to last a year or more. We had ride in a tractor to reach the Blueberry orchard and the kids absolutely loved ite. The rows and rows of blueberry bushes was simply amazing. They also had Blackberries and rasberries but since we had more than enough berries we skiped that. Now that I had the fruit for the ice cream things progressed quickly . We had no patience to wait till the ice cream had completely set, so we all had our share of bowl fulls of slightly watery ice cream and realized once again that nothing compares to the taste of home made ice cream. May be an investment in an ice cream maker is not a bad idea. Followed the tips from a recipe I found on this website.

Recipe Source: Mary Ellen's Blueberry Ice cream


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Ingredients
1. 6 Cups Blueberries
2. 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (of which 1/2 a cup was Raw Sugar)
3. 1 Cup Milk
4. 4 Cups Heavy Cream

Method

1. In a sauce pan combine the sugar and Blueberries and bring it to a boil mashing the blueberries with the back of the spoon and set aside to cool. Took me about 15 minutes.

2. When cooled to room temperature puree in a blener till smooth and combine the cup of milk.

3.Now add the cream and run it in the blender to combine.

Pour into a plastic container and leave it in the freezer. After about 2 hours get the mixture and run it through the blender again. It was 11.00PM by then so left it to freeze overnight and blended it again in the morning.

By afternoon it had not completely set but we could not wait any longer for a taste. It tasted slightly sorbetish but still very very good. Gorgeour color too. My friend came for a chat with my mother and I offered her some. She said that it was the best ice cream she had tasted in a long time. Needeless to say I was overjoyed.

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!! I was thinking of Blueberry Ice cream yesterday and here you are!:))
    Love the color.Enjoy.

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  2. What a wicked colour!!! i want some...:)

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  3. wow, beautiful color... It looks stunning! Home made ice cream with farm fresh berries, can't get any better than that!

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  4. that looks absolutely stunning.

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  5. I enjoyed your recipe! Fruit ice creams are always soo tasty!

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  6. I have got blueberries in my freezer....think i can try this one....seems actally effortless

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  7. Boy, those are huge blueberries! Yes, rub it in! Maybe I can get dried ones soon...What a gorgeous colour for the ice cream!

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  8. Wow, look at those loaded blueberry bushes!! The berries look so big in the little one's hands :)

    Ice cream looks really appetizing ISG, on a hot day like today -- love the color too!

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  9. Asha, you should try them with your ice cream maker.

    Jyothsana, Sure is you are welcome to have some.

    Sig, well absolutely. A good way to preserve the berries too, those ripe ones don't last long even in the refrigerator.

    Bee, thanks, the color of the ice cream is much more attractive than the berry syrup.

    Poonam. Fresh tasting too, store brought ones can't come close.
    Bhags that is true, does not take a long time to prepare, only the freezing part takes a loooong time

    Anita, yes they are, we ate quiet a few in the farm by the time we were done. We should find a way to barter, I will supply you with fresh berries and I'd take mangoes as payment, if only we could find a route.

    Linda they sure were, we were in berry heaven. Purple sure made DD happy as a berry.

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  10. stunning! love the color :)
    must 've been quite an experience!

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  11. oh my its looks very fabulous. i want some now :)

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  12. gosh, indo, i am drooling here! i want soem blueberry ice cream too. i don't like blue berries so much ( i like a bit of tartness) but anything flavored with it is sooo good.

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  13. You can give anything for that beautiful colour. I love soft-serve ice cream too. Anything homemade always tastes great!

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  14. Beautiful color and cool for this summer. Viji

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  15. Thats such a lovely color... great recipe.... wish i could make it- i do have the blueberries but i dont have a blender...

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  16. hey lovely pictures. I went for peaches picking and had a great time. have to post them this week. lovely ice cream with very few ingredients.

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  17. the blueberry ice-cream looks absolutely delicious.I want some of that...

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  18. Oh...i loved that colour...its looks sooooo beautiful :) but I cant view the first two pics :(

    Shn

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  19. homemade icecream with fresh berries. can i ask for more?
    just checked ur post on ur veggie garden. those peppers r lovely. i envy u indo:) all i am left with here is just few parsley leaves;)

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  20. Indo, I know ice creams are tasty and homemade ice cream are excellent... but can it be beautiful? wow! What a beautiful color...makes me drool.

    If you are having a poll about buying an ice cream maker, I vote for buying an ice cream maker.... only because I have once tasted home made ice cream made using an ice cream maker... and there's nothing that has compared to it so far! (no! I haven't bought my own...... not yet! As soon as I get to my healthy weight range (working very hard on that), that's going to be my treat!)

    And hey, how does the tractor ride in US and India compare? I haven't been to a farm in America yet and I'm all curious.

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  21. The ice cream looks so good! The color is stunning!

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  22. Kay, I am sitting on the decision to buy because I am worried that will sit unused after the first few uses.

    The tractor ride brought back memories of the rides back home. Summer time fun right? The experience was the same, here they had seats on the back because it is primarily used for transporting humans, back home we had to stand and that was fun in itself.

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