Berry ice cream

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Berry icecream

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes plus 4+ hours freezing

Serves: 8

Ingredients

3 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
250ml (1 cup) double cream
250ml (1 cup) milk
125g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
250g (2 cups) mixed berries

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Now that summer is (almost) making an appearance we’ve not felt like baking as much but still want to enjoy a sweet treat now and again. On a lovely sunny day there is nothing better than a delicious scoop of homemade berry ice cream.

We decided to add berries to ours, partly because Hannah wanted to make it pink, but also for the fresh flavour. Other than mint choc chip, berry ice cream is also my go to choice. You can use fresh berries – the riper and juicer the better – or you can just add some defrosted frozen berries and it’ll still taste pretty good and won’t break the bank.

Alternatively you can use this recipe as the base and add any flavour you like. 

We used an ice cream maker to make this ice cream – it makes the texture smoother and creamer but if you don’t have one, simply follow the recipe up to that point then pop it in the freezer.

You’ll end up with egg whites which you can use to make some delicious meringues. Or freeze them for up to a year. 

Method

Prepare the icecream maker according to your instructions. We had to place our bowl into the freezer overnight before we started but yours might be different.

Heat the milk and cream

Get your child to measure out the cream and milk (250ml of each). We used the ml setting on our scales to weigh it accurately but you could also use a measuring jug. Pour it into a small pot and heat gently on the hob until it is warm and small bubbles are forming. Mix it occasionally with a wooden spoon and keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over.

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Mix the sugar and eggs

While the milk/cream is heating, get your child to measure the sugar (125g) and put it in a freestanding mixer or mixing bowl.

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Separate 3 eggs and add them to the sugar. I normally do this part myself but if your child is older you could let them try as it doesn’t matter if a little white finds it’s way in. Simply break the egg in half and tip the yolk from one half of the shell to the other letting the white fall into a small bowl. Repeat this step back and forwards until you just have the yolk left in the shell. Alternatively put the yolk in your hand and let the white fall through your fingers.

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Add the vanilla extract (1 tsp).

Whisk the yolks and sugar together until they are well combined.

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Make the ice cream custard

Keep your whisking your eggs/sugar while you very slowly pour in some of the cream/milk mixture to your mixer.

When most of the hot milk mixture has been added, pour everything back into the pan and put it back on the hob.

Allow it to heat gently for 5 minutes or so; stirring continuously (you could let your child help with this if they are old enough). It’s ready when the custard is thick enough to coat the back of your spoon.

Add the berries

Add the berries to a food processor and whizz them up until they are nicely pureed. Add the berries and ice cream custard to a bowl and give it a good mix.

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Pour this into your ice cream maker and leave to churn/freeze according to your instructions. Do this through a sieve if you want to get rid of any fruit pips.

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Once it’s finished churning, freeze the berry ice cream for 3+ hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer at least 15 minutes before you want to serve it. 

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11 thoughts on “Berry ice cream

  1. Such a wonderful and refreshing ice cream recipe! I’m with your daughter regarding the colour, pink hue is gorgeous 🙂 My ice cream maker definitely needs to be dusted off after the winter break as ice cream season has definitely began! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #BakingCrumbs 🙂

    1. Thanks. We borrowed my parents ice cream maker as it’s one bit of kit we don’t have. We’re tempted to go buy one now!

  2. This looks delicious! I love my ice cream maker and making homemade ice cream in it. It’s one of those gadgets I never regret having bought. I’ll have to try this!

  3. YUM! I love the sound of this recipe. And such gorgeous pictures of your kids making it. I really like how you have explained in your method how to involve the kids too. I love cooking with my kids!! (well, when they don’t argue that is….) Eb x

    1. Cooking with kids is great ( but sometimes a bit stressful.) I find it best when there are lots of jobs to do so they can take turns and fight less!

  4. I keep thinking about making ice cream and don’t get round to it.So feeling inspired We do have an ice cream maker too so no excuse!The kids would love doing it all too!

    1. You definitely should. You can follow the start of the recipe but add in any flavour you like instead of berries too.

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