Saturday, July 24, 2010

Linda's Creamy Blueberry Ice Cream

This is so creamy and delicious. If you like the taste of the homemade blueberry pie filling, you are going to love this ice cream!  This is made in two stages - the filling and then the ice cream.  The ice cream is a perfect base to add other items too, not just the blueberry filling.  And the filling is a great way to add on top of a cheesecake or store bought ice cream.

Yields: 2 quarts of ice cream

Blueberry Filling:
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 pint fresh blueberries (2 cups frozen can be substituted)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, depending on your taste

In a saucepan combine the sugar and the cornstarch.  Stir in the water until smooth.  Add blueberries, lemon juice and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until blueberries pop and sauce thickens.  Remove from heat and gently smash blueberries with a potato masher or similar device. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.  When cool enough to handle, put in the refrigerator. 

Vanilla Ice Cream:
2 cups sugar (use less if using regular pudding - approx 1 1/2 cups)
2 small boxes or 1 large box instant vanilla pudding mix (I used sugar free)
2 cups whipping cream (1 pint)
3 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whip all ingredients together until fully combined.  Put in the refrigerator for approximately an hour (or over night).  It will thicken up in the refrigerator. Fill your ice cream maker to about 2/3 with the ice cream mixture and churn according to the manufacturers instruction (depending on the size of your ice cream maker - you will have some left over - just put it back into the refrigerator until you are ready to use it)

In a freezer safe container add 1/4 of the blueberry mixture and half the ice cream - then 1/4 of the blueberry and the remaining ice cream and gently fold or swirl the two together. Freeze.

You could add 1/2 the blueberry mixture to the first batch of ice cream, but you are not going to see a nice texture on the ice cream - this is the way I did mine the first time, it was very soft.  But, it hardens up nicely in the freezer :)

Hope you like it as much as we do!