Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream

18 Jul

As I’ve said before, I am a very simple recipe type gal. Every now and again however, I’ll get a little crazy and go outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been using blueberries a lot lately because I have a huge bag of frozen ones – nice and convenient! I found this recipe for Blueberry Muffin ice cream and just couldn’t resist. I wasn’t even scared away by the words ‘compote’ (what is that?!) and ‘browned butter’ (turns out, not near as fancy or complicated as I made it out to be – it’s really just butter…browned – go figure). I was brave – but good heavens, I’ve never spent so much time on ice cream in my life. Worth it? Absolutely. It wasn’t hard to make, it just takes some time because there are multiple components and they all need time to cool before heading into the ice cream maker. So, if you want to impress with some fancy dairy delights, start early, and wow them with this yummy treat.

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Ingredients
3 cups half and half
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 egg yolks
3/4 tsp kosher salt
4 oz butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup blueberry compote or jam
3 tablespoons cinnamon streusel

Simmer the butter on medium heat until takes on a nice golden brown color. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp. In a large pot, bring the half and half up to an almost boil over medium high heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the yolks, sugars and salt until smooth. To temper the egg mixture, carefully whisk in about 1 cup of the hot liquid into the egg mixture until smooth. Then whisk the egg mixture into the remaining amount of half and half in the pot. Return to medium low heat, and cook up to 170 degrees F, constantly stirring along the bottom of the pot to ensure even cooking. Once it has reached the 170, remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and brown butter. Strain through a wire mesh strainer. Allow to cool to about room temperature in an ice bath and pop in the fridge.

Once the mixture is chilled through, put it in your ice cream maker. Once it’s gotten pretty firm, pour the ice cream into a large bowl and fold in the blueberry compote and then the streusel so it ribbons through it. Put in a container and freeze until firm. Enjoy!

Blueberry Compote

Ingredients:
4 half pints blueberries
Juice of 3 limes
2 cups sugar

Combine everything in a bowl to coat, and then heat over a medium flame until the blueberries liquify and if you stir a spoon through it, you can see the bottom of the pan for a beat. Basically, it should look kind of syrupy. Pour into a jar, tighten the lid, and flip upside-down until room temp. Keep refrigerated.

Cinnamon Streusel

Ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
2 oz butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Using your fingers or a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and then mix in the butter until crumbly. Place on a baking sheet with a silicone mat and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Break apart and mix the streusel up, and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Crumble and cool.

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*Original recipe found here: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2011/07/25/blueberry-muffin-ice-cream-recipe/

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