Black Raspberry Ice Cream

May 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Posted in ice creams & frozen, sweet things | 15 Comments

black raspberry ice cream

I’m going to the Yankees game tonight…I already have my Teixeira shirt on and everything.  At about 8:00, I’ll probably be having a chocolate Carvel soft-serve out of a little plastic helmet (along with a beer chaser–classy!).  That’ll be pretty great, but I know it won’t be as tasty as the Black Raspberry Ice Cream I made last week.

If this summer is anything like last summer, I’ll be able to get fresh black raspberries at the Greenmarket in a month or two.  But they’ll also cost like five bucks a half-pint, and make this one super-expensive batch of ice cream.  I noticed frozen black raspberries at Trader Joe’s late last year…one thing I’ve learned about TJ’s since they arrived in NYC is that if I see something that looks interesting, I should just chuck it in my basket, because the next time I go, I’ll be told that it’s been discontinued (or that it’s “seasonal,” which I’m pretty sure is a euphemism for discontinued).  I snapped up a bag right away, and unfortunately I haven’t seen them in my local store since.

If you can’t find black raspberries, just use red…heck, the recipe below was originally for red raspberry ice cream anyway.  Your ice cream will be less purple and more pink, but it will be every bit as good.  If something can taste like summer, this is it.  And just like summer, you might even cry a little when it’s gone (not that I’m admitting to having done this).

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend!

P.S.:  I cannot even tell you how awesome the ice cream was with this cake…..*sigh*

Black Raspberry Ice Cream– makes a generous quart
modified from David Lebovitz’s recipe for Raspberry Ice Cream in The Perfect Scoop

Steph’s Note:  Make the purée by whizzing the black raspberries in a blender or food processor and pressing through a mesh strainer to remove the seeds.  Lebovitz says you should begin with 6 cups (or 750 g) of berries to get the required amount of purée, but I got all I needed from one 340 gram bag of frozen black raspberries, coupled with about 3/4 cup of frozen red raspberries (because one bag of the black was all I had). 

1½ cups (375ml) half-and-half
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1½ cups (375ml) heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
1½ cups (375ml) strained black raspberry purée (from fresh or thawed frozen berries)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
about 1/8 t xanthan gum (optional; helps keep ice cream scoopable)

-Warm the half-and-half, pinch of salt and about half of the sugar in a medium saucepan. Pour the cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.

-In a separate medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks with the other half of the sugar. Slowly pour the warm liquid into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

-Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.  Vigorously whisk in the xanthan gum, if using, and quickly pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Mix in the raspberry purée and lemon juice, then stir until cool over an ice bath.

-Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator, but to preserve the fresh berry taste, churn the ice cream within four hours of making the mixture.


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  1. I just bought some raspberries today and this is what I’m going to make with them!

  2. Black raspberries are my favorite fruit and luckily where I’m from- they grow wild! I will have to try this ice cream once they start to ripen!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. OMW, I can’t get to the Yankees game, but I can make this, all ingredients on hand…you have such a way with your photos of making everything look “I must have this NOW” good.

  4. This ice cream looks so delicious I need some asap! I have no black raspberries but I do have some frozen red ones and also some frozen blackberries that I braved chiggers and ticks to pick last summer. I froze them to make jelly, but I think now they’ve been re-purposed. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. I miss Carvel. What do they use to make those crunchies anyway?

  6. You always take the most beautiful pictures! Looks smooth and amazing

  7. All things blackberry is just heaven! And this ice cream? Screams summer goodness. I use a lot of Lebovitz’s ice cream recipe, and there are no-fails for sure. Fabulous!

  8. Mmmm wow I absoloutely love the look of this! It looks so refreshing, perfect for the warm weather mmm!

  9. Looks heavenly, and what a gorgeous colour! Alas, we cannot get black raspberries in Australia 😥 boo hoo!

    • try it with red raspberries– you’ll love it!

    • I have found have found black raspberries at Sunny Creek organic farm in Victoria, Australia. Just google the name for details

  10. don’t you mean blackberry?

  11. Just made this, omitting the lemon juice, using black raspberries that my parents grew. This is so wonderful! I took what was left in the strainer (seeds plus a little of the puree) and added it to several ounces of good vodka to make my own infused vodka. I’ll remove from fridge, strain and come up with some delicious use for it. Great recipe! Thanks.

    • Good idea!! And you are so lucky to have fresh black raspberries! Thanks for the comment.

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