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We’ve been picking berries for days, now its time for the ultimate summer treat- homemade blackberry ice cream!  This is about the only time of year we use that requisite wedding gift, the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, and boy does it come in handy.  Here’s a big shout out to whomever gave us the gift of instant ice cream almost 14 years ago!

Blackberries for icecream

I’ve been making blackberry ice cream since I was a kid.  The invasive Himalayan blackberry runs rampant around here, and is truly  a part of  what make summer so stinking delicious.  I would say about 1/4 of my dad’s property is covered in these vines, and I have a hard time watching them go to waste, so we pick almost every day.  I’ve experimented with juicing the berries and straining out the seeds, which gives the ice cream a rich, purple, almost wine-like  color that is simply to die for.  I’ve also taken the whole day to make a custard base, then cool it, then mix in the berries… which is also crazy-yummy.  But today, after wrangling the Littles, getting caught up on laundry, and trying to find my after-vacation bearings on the house and garden, I opted for the simplest version- basically berries and cream.

This recipe can be thrown together in 10 minutes, can process during dinner, and be ready for dessert as soon as the plates are cleared.  “Eat your kale, then you can have blackberry ice cream!”  I know, shameless… but it works so well.

Homemade Blackberry Ice Cream

Start by muddling about 2 cups of freshly picked berries.

making blackberry icrecream

Squish the berries down until you have about 1 1/2 cups of berries and juice.
In a another bowl, dissolve the sugar and salt into the milk, then add the cream and vanilla.

make blackberry icrecream

Stir in the berry mixture and pour into your Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.   Turn it on and let it run for 15-20 minutes.

homemade blackberry icrecream

It might just be the longest 20 minutes of their lives!  You will know it is done when the sound changes, it makes a rougher noise.

cuisinart blackberry ice cream

You will also notice the ice cream has formed and is mounding out the top of the bowl.
Scrape it into a freezer-safe container and let it harden in there for about 2 hours.

making blackberry ice cream

To the helpers go the spoils- another quintessential summer moment.

Homemade Blackberry Ice Cream!
Recipe type: Dessert
Any fruit could be substituted, just prepare about 1½ cups.
  • 1½ cups of prepared berries
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  1. Prepare the fruit by taking out the stems, muddling the berries to squeeze out the juice, or sieving out seeds.
  2. Dissolve the sugar and salt into the milk in a bowl.
  3. Add in the cream, then the vanilla.
  4. Stir in the berry mixture.
  5. Pour into the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and run for 15-20 minutes.
  6. When the ice cream is mounding out of the bowl, it is done. Transfer to a freezer-safe dish and let harden for 2 hours.




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