Monday, January 4, 2010

Yummy Blueberry Ice Cream

One of the traditions in our family has been that you pick whatever you would like to eat for your birthday dinner. My nephew had a birthday and he selected some unique food combinations but all of it was yummy. Each family member brought a dish that he had requested, the dish that I brought was blueberry ice cream.

So I looked at various recipes and then created this recipe of my own. I must admit I was a little skeptical of blueberry ice cream, but you know what? I was pleasantly surprised.

2 cups blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Place the blueberries, sugar and salt in a sauce pan and turn to medium-high heat. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, mashing berries and stirring with a fork. Simmer the mixture, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes and then cool slightly.

In a blender, puree 3/4 of the mixture with milk just until smooth and stir in cream. Chill this mixture until cold in the fridge overnight. Place the remaining 1/4 mixture in the refrigerator as well.

The next day, pull out the "chucky 1/4 part of the blueberry mixture" that was in the refrigerator and place on your counter-top. Then pour the chilled ice cream mixture into the ice cream maker and follow your ice cream maker directions.

Half-way through the ice cream making process spoon in the 1/4 of the "chunky" blueberry mixture that was placed in the refrigerator into the ice cream maker (very slowly). You need to be careful that the blueberry "chunky" mixture does not harden to quickly and stop the turning of your ice cream maker.

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