It’s wise to incorporate blueberries often in the diet, as they burst with healthful goodness from the natural antioxidant anthocyanin. Luckily, they’re also delicious. And what better way to take care of yourself and indulge a bit than with a scoop or two of this flavor that’s popular at the Glacier Café in Glacier National Park in Montana.–Lou Seibert Pappas
LC A Summer Staple Note
Seeing as blueberries are so darn good for you, one could argue that this rich, creamy ice cream ought to be a summer staple.
Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 3 H, 30 M
- Makes about 1 quart
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey liqueur or framboise (optional)
- 1. Rinse the berries and pick out any squished or moldy ones. Place the blueberries in a small saucepan with the water and cook over low heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and then purée in a blender or food processor.
- 2. In a small bowl, mash the zest with 1 teaspoon sugar to release the essential oils in the zest. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the half-and-half with the remaining sugar, stirring until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the blueberry purée, cream, sugared zest, juice, and vanilla. Transfer to a container, cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours.
- 3. Freeze the ice cream mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is almost frozen, spoon in the liqueur, if desired, and churn until blended, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a container, cover, and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
Huckleberry Ice Cream Variation
- This ice cream recipe also works beautifully with huckleberries. Simply substitute fresh or frozen huckleberries for the blueberries.
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Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe © 2007 Lou Seibert Pappas. Photo © 2007 Victoria Pearson. All rights reserved.