Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What's the Scoop? - Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

It's June and that means that it is time for me to start my summer feature called "What's the Scoop?"! I have decided to make and post one ice cream recipe a week for the entire summer (June, July, and August). With it already hitting the high 90's here in El Paso, homemade ice cream is a welcomed treat!

For those who might not have an ice cream maker, please don't leave just yet! HERE is a link that will give directions on how to make ice cream without a maker. I had planned on trying it out before now but time got away from me. I do plan on trying it soon and posting about it, but in the meantime I can give you the link and the promise that I will do it at some point this summer!

The first ice cream is one of my favorites... Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. The base is a slightly tart cheesecake ice cream. For me, it is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. There is cream cheese and sour cream in it and it tastes so much like cheesecake. Add to that crumbled graham cracker crust and a thickened blueberry syrup and you have a fantastic blueberry cheesecake in a bowl!


Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Bluberry Mixture:
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 1/4 cups blueberries
1 TBSP lemon juice

Graham Cracker Mixture:
2 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 TBSP sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

Ice Cream:
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups sour cream
12 oz cream cheese
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine blueberry mixture in saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened. Refrigerate until chilled.

Combine graham cracker mixture and pat onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned; cool completely. Crumble and set aside.

For ice cream, beat cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add the sugar and then beat in the sour cream followed by the cream.

Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice and mix until thick and smooth. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Freeze in ice cream machine according to machine directions.
Layer ice cream, blueberry mixture, and graham cracker mixture 3 times then swirl with a knife.


Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Looks great Cristine! We made ice cream yesterday - vanilla - which is my fav :) I look forward to your ice cream posts!

The McBride Family said...

MEan that's just mean. You know how much I love cheesecake!! :) Looks fantastic. Maybe I should try my hand at homemade ice cream...

Natalie said...

THANK YOU for sharing that link. I'm not (yet) an owner of an ice cream machine and I always get so jealous of these delicious looking homemade ice creams. I will definitely try this method sometime--and I hope you do and blog about it so I can be sure it works :)

Ingrid said...

Mmmm, that's a flavor I haven't tried yet. I love ice cream....can't wait to see and read about all the flavors you try.

Julie said...

What a great endeavor! Can't wait to see all the ice creams you churn out (Ha!) This one looks scrumptious for sure.

teresa said...

fun idea! i can't wait to see all of the yummy ice creams you make!

The Grows said...

All this ice cream is making salivate. I want to come taste it all. You are amazing as always.

Katrina said...

Yum, what a great sounding ice cream.

So sorry about your Grandma. Take care.

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

This is one I think I'm going to have to try!! Yum :)


Michele said...

I found your blog and this post googling blueberry cheesecake ice cream. I made this yesterday with blueberries and raspberries for a family gathering and it was so delicious. Thanks for sharing. I'll be posting mine later this week.


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