Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

As I mentioned in our August dinner party post, I finally caved and bought myself an ice cream maker.  (Highly recommended!) I've already tried a couple recipes which were good, but this raspberry ice cream was truly great.
This recipe is a variation of the strawberry ice cream in Alice Waters' Art of Simple Food. I experienced a cooking math flub when I bought two half pints of raspberries instead of two pints. I went ahead and used half the amount that the recipe called for and was surprisingly happy with the result. It was undeniably raspberry, but you could really taste the creamy, custardy base of the ice cream. Yum.
Raspberries, as opposed to strawberries, required a bit of extra work: you need to remove the seeds. As I strained my raspberry puree, I was shocked at the vast amount of seeds! But it is just a few extra minutes, and totally worth it.
Raspberry Ice Cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 pint raspberries
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • a couple drops vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
Whisk the egg yolks briefly in a small bowl. Set a strainer over a heat-proof bowl. Heat the half-and-half and 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, until sugar dissolves. When hot whisk a little of the hot half-and-half into the egg yolks and then whisk warm yolks into the hot mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and quickly strain. Add the heavy cream. Cover the mixture and chill. Puree the raspberries in a food processor, and strain the puree to remove the seeds. (It will take some help from your fingers to press the raspberries through while the seeds remain in the strainer.) Stir in the 2 tbs of sugar, and once the sugar has melted, add the berries to the cold cream mixture. Add vanilla and salt. Chill thoroughly and then freeze according to your ice-cream maker's instructions.
I love the little intruder in this next pic.

4 comments:

  1. Sigh. I need to buy an ice cream maker. Or move next door to you! I love anything raspberry-flavored.

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  2. I love raspberries and I am so happy they are in season right now. I can not wait to try your recipe. yum!

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