Summer in Tyler, Texas came on hot and heavy this year! It’s the kind of thick, sticky, heat that fogs up your sunglasses when you get out of the car. The kind of heat that has you darting from shade to shade as you zip through the Rose City Farmers Market, quickly grabbing your fresh loot before rushing back to the air conditioning. The kind of heat that begs you to slip your own baby bump and your cute toddler into a swimsuit and go to the Faulkner Park Splashground!
However you prefer to beat the heat in Tyler, a dish of this blueberry ice cream will hit the spot. We picked up some fresh, local blueberries at the market this Saturday and cranked out this amazing, creamy batch of homemade ice cream. It’s low in sugar, relying on the fresh berry goodness for its’ yummy sweetness.
It takes all of 20 minutes to whip up ahead of time. So fast and simple! Pair with mint or basil for an extra special treat.
Beat-the-Heat Blueberry Ice Cream
1 pint of fresh organic blueberries, rinsed
1 cup organic whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
9 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- In a large saucepan, bring your berries to a low simmer, gently mashing with a fork or a potato masher to help them break down. Gently simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, pulse a few times to get a nice, berry mash.
- Add milk and cream and bring up just to a simmer. Remove from heat.
- Whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly whisk half of the milk-berry mixture into egg-sugar mixture. Pour back into the sauce pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, just a couple of minutes. Add vanilla at the end of cooking time.
- Pour into a bowl and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. You can run through a sieve to remove bits of pulp, or leave it in. Refrigerate for an hour or two until cold. You can also do all of these preceeding steps up to two days ahead of time.
- Pour into ice cream freezer and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy!
What are your favorite summer ice cream recipes? Share in the comments below!