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.
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
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
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.