Tuesdays with Dorie: Blueberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream

August 12, 2008 at 5:22 am | Posted in groups, ice creams & frozen, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 64 Comments

blueberry-sour cream ice cream

I’m back from Hawaii…a couple days in Oahu, a couple Kauai, but most of our time was spent on the Big Island, where my dad’s side of the family descended upon Kona for my uncle’s wedding.  I’m sure the area is still recovering from the W family whirlwind.  It was a lot of fun, and I have a face full of freckles and a mind full of good memories to show for it.  One night, I even had a mai tai for each of you!  Trust me when I say that I paid a stiff price for it the next day! 

I’ve returned just in time to make blueberry sour-cream ice cream, this week’s TWD recipe, which comes to us courtesy of Dolores from Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity.  I was pretty jazzed about this recipe, not only because I jump at any excuse to use my KA ice cream attachment, but also because one of my favorite homemade fruit ice cream recipes is a strawberry-sour cream ice cream I found in Sunset magazine many moons ago.  I just love the tang that a whomp of sour cream gives!

blueberry-sour cream ice cream

This ice cream recipe was pretty simple…no eggs, no making custard, no straining.  I used frozen blueberries to make the base.  I thought the end product had pretty good flavor, but decided to amp it up a bit before serving with a simple sauce made from, you guessed it, frozen mixed berries.

Dorie notes that this this ice cream is firm in texture.  On the day I made it, we ate some within a few hours, when it had that gorgeously soft, smooth feel to it.   But on the second day, it was more rock hard than just firm, even after sitting out for awhile.  I find that to be a bit unpleasant, and usually put a teeny pinch of xanthan gum, which I get at the health food store, into my homemade ice creams to keep it scoopable for a few days (just a pinch, so it’s never gummy like some store-bought stuff).  I was a little PO’d with myself for forgetting it here.  If I make this again, I’ll wait till fresh berries are in season and I’ll add a pinch of xanthan gum at the point where the berries are just cooked and still hot.

blueberry-sour cream ice cream

Look in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity to find the recipe.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll to see what over 200 other people had to say!


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  1. Welcome back from Hawaii – talk about being in paradise!! 🙂

    Oooh, that ice cream looks so, well, creamy!! 😀

  2. Mmmm that simple mixed berry sauce looks amazing on your ice cream! Excuse the newbie question but what is xanthan gum? I’ve never heard of that!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

  3. It looks oh so good. I loved this ice cream, as did my hubs. And he is the ice cream consumer in our house, so it was an all around winner.

    Fab pics!

  4. Looks delicious, especially with that wonderful sauce! Glad you had a great time in Hawaii.

  5. Your berry sauce looks great with the ice-cream. I loved the gorgeous colour of the ice-cream!

  6. Oh and welcome back!

  7. Looks great! I love the added berries on top. So jealous of your Hawaii trip – my favorite place.

  8. CB–Xanthan gum is made from corn sugar. It’s a powder that I usually find in the baking aisle at the health food store. It’s most often used in gluten-free baking, where it acts as a replacement for wheat gluten. In ice cream, it slows down the formation of ice crystals. Use too much and you will get a gummy ice cream, but something like 1/8t (although some people say as much as 1/4t….I really never measure…just use a pinch or two) will keep it just scoopable with no gumminess. I usually add it at whatever point the base is hot, figuring that that will help it to dissolve evenly (but that’s not scientific, just my assumption).

  9. Looks yummilicious…! Mine is at home in the freezer…mmmmm. Fab job!

  10. I’m glad you said you added a sauce because it looked nothing like I remember the ice cream looking!
    Love the idea of the sauce, makes it extra blueberry.

  11. Looks great! The sauce sounds like a really good idea, all those berries together? Yeah…

  12. Great tip about the xantam gum, I always forget about it! The ice cream shots are perfect!

  13. Your ice cream looks delicious! Mine was the same way–great when first done, and a little hard after sitting in the freezer.

  14. Glad you had a good time in Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to go there. Your ice cream looks fabulous with the sauce on top!

  15. Yum! I love how you have the blueberry syrup on top too.

  16. I’m glad you enjoyed your vacation. I’ll have to try the xanthan gum tip. When my ice cream is too hard to scoop, I’ve been microwaving the container for about a minute on 10% power–just enough to soften it a bit without melting it.

  17. Just came back form Hawai, aaahhhhh!!!!! the ice-cream looks to die for and thanks for the tip about the gum, I’ll never forget this again!

  18. Thanks for the xantham gum tip…I had some right here and didn’t think to use it…I had the same rock hard problem the day after..ended up just throwing it out..yours looks wonderful!!

  19. That looks so great – creamy and full of texture, with the whole berries in the syrup! Making my mouth water… and I’m especially glad for the xanthum gum tip.

  20. Thanks for the tip re xantham gum, I haven’t tried it before but have seen it at the bulk store.
    Your photos are lovely, the ice cream looks delish.

  21. Beautful pictures! I love the color!

  22. I loved Hawaii! Glad you had a great time, mai-tai hangover aside. ;o) Your ice cream looks fabulous, especially with the extra sauce. Thanks for the tip on the xanthan gum!

  23. Welcome back from Hawaii!! Thanks for the tip about the Xantham gum, I’ve been struggling with trying to make ice cream that scoops well for a few days!

    Your ice cream looks gorgeous and I love the mixed berries!

  24. Your ice cream looks wonderful Steph! I could just dig my spoon in! I love the idea of a blueberry syrup. I did a white chocolate truffle sauce with mine. I’ll have to remember the tip about the gum for the next time. As you say, it was a little hard to scoop!

  25. Great tip about the xantam gum, I am going to have to remind myself to do that next time! Your ice cream looks delish and the sauce on top yum!

  26. I’m jealous of your trip and your ice cream. I’m so excited for that gum tip. I make homemade ice cream often so I needed that tip. Your ice cream looks delicious!

  27. Beautiful! Great idea on the xanthan gum. My ice cream was also very hard.

  28. This looks wonderful. Love the fruit ‘sauce’ on top. If I send you my address will you send me ice cream? Great job. Glad you enjoyed your vacation.

  29. Beautiful ice cream, and the sauce looks like a scrumptious addition!

  30. I enjoyed it a lot as well.. the sour cream addition was wonderful!

  31. OMG! Looks delicious.

  32. Major-league yum factor!!
    Have a delicious day 🙂

  33. Wow, it looks amazing! Great tips about the xantham gum and beautiful photos.

  34. Gotta LOVE Hawaii! I want that mai tai . . yum

  35. Great pictures as always! I’m adding the xanthan gum tip to my list of things to try. Mine was pretty hard too so I left it out a good hour before scooping and serving.

  36. Thanks for the tip and advice on the Xanthan gum…very nice to know these sorts of things, so thanks for sharing all that.

    Photos and post were great…I definitely want a scoop with the sauce on it!

  37. OH MY WORD. That looks amazing with the sauce. I am literally drooling.

  38. Ooh, brilliant tip over the xantham gum, I’ll try that one if I can find any. I love ice cream far too much.

  39. Hawaii? You lucky duck!

    Your photos are brilliant – love the blueberry sauce! Yes, it is pretty rock hard, isn’t it!!

  40. woww…your ice cream looks beautiful!
    i like my ice cream softer, and smoother sometimes as well, thats a bummer it was a little hard the next day.
    great job!

  41. Dear Lord those pictures are gorgeous.

  42. I’d never heard the tip about xanthan gum – cool chemistry! And the ice cream looks amazing.

  43. Thanks for the xanthan gum tip — especially where to find it. And your ice cream is gorgeous. Glad you enjoyed it.

  44. Wow! Your ice cream looks divine! Love the sauce on top. Thanks for the xantham gum tip. I just usually add a shot of booze. 😉

  45. I love your photography. It looks awesome.

  46. Mine was not hard… Hawaii? I am jealous!

  47. Wow. That looks pretty incredible!

  48. The sauce is a really nice touch.

  49. Don’t know how I’ve avoided sour cream for so long. I was raised buttering my potatoes, and I’m not quite sure what else calls for the old so’ cre’. My day-later leftovers were a little hard too, but perfect once they melted just a bit. I’ll have to keep the Xanthan Gum bit in mind for the future!

  50. I love the blueberry/sour cream combo…makes me think of blintzes. I bet this would be great in a crepe! Looks wonderful!

  51. Looks very beautiful! Welcome back!!

  52. Must be absolutely delicious. Beautiful work as usual.

  53. Ohhhh, I’m jealous of your days in Hawaii! I was just talking with a friend last night about how much I’d love to go there!

    I bet the mixed berry sauce made your ice cream taste even better, I’m going to have to whip up some next time round. Thanks for the xanthan gum tip, I’ve never worked with it, but I look forward to trying to track it down to experiment with!

  54. Welcome back from your trip to Hawaii. Im sure it was beautiful there. I love your picture of ice cream with the sauce drizzled over the top. It looks wonderful!

  55. Thanks for the tip on how to make sure it stays soft. I just love the blueberry sauce you made for it.

  56. Welcome back and thank you for drinking for us! Now I’m all excited to try your strawberry/sour cream version! Yummy photos, too!

  57. Hey, how ’bout we trade ice cream, lol. Yours looks positively sinful! Beautiful job!

  58. Feeling a little bit jealousy about you and your Howaiii days.Yummy ice cream…like that.

  59. beautiful picture! It looks so tempting. The ice cream really was yummy, wasn’t it?

  60. Looks terrific. Welcome back.

  61. Yummy looking

  62. Gorgeous pics! We both used ramekins for the ice cream. Great minds think alike! Good job. 🙂

  63. Steph! I want some of this ice cream now. It looks amazing…and the sour cream intrigues me.

    I’m so glad you had a mai tai for me! How did you know they’re one of my faves? =)

  64. i love hawaii…we got married there! 🙂

    your ice cream look fabulous, esp w/the sauce… mine didn’t get that hard, even after sitting in the freezer overnight. was it b/c i didn’t use an ice cream maker? i have no idea!

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