Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

Hold the phone. Sour cream. In ice cream? Absolutely. Just go with me on this one.

Adam and I both have a huge sweet tooth when it comes to sour candy. Okay, not just huge -- ginormous. Nerds, Sour Punch Straws, Sour Jolly Ranchers, Sour Gummy Worms... you name it, we love it. It is a rare occurrence to not find a bag of Sour Patch Kids or the like stashed around the kitchen. And I say "stashed" because I am most likely hiding it from Adam.

Needless to say, when there's a pint of blueberries around, we generally try to pick out the small little tart berries while the other person isn't looking.

Two years in a row I have insisted on going to pick my own blueberries. And two years in a row, I have missed it. This year, we caught the very tail end of the U-pick season, and ended up buying some already picked blueberries at the farm. Before we even left for the farm I already knew where those berries were going to end up. I was going to combine our two favorite summer treats -- blueberries and ice cream.

Typically, blueberries are found in sherbets or sorbets, not ice cream. Yet I kept going back to the infamous Strawberry Sour Cream Ice Cream from David Lebovitz I kept seeing around the web. "The sweet pairs with the tart from the sour cream so well!" So why can't the blueberry?

Tart with tart. Right up our alley. It's like sour candy meets ice cream. Can it get any better?

Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

Adapted from: David Lebovitz , The Perfect Scoop

1 pound fresh blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vodka
1 cup sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Place the blueberries in a medium bowl. Using the back of a fork, smash the blueberries until juices are released (does not have to be completely pulverized). Stir in the sugar and vodka until the sugar starts to dissolve. Cover and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Place the blueberry mixture, sour cream, heavy cream, and lemon juice in a food processor. Blend until mixture is almost smooth -- there will still be chunks of blueberry skins. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Transfer cream mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Makes: about 1 1/4 quarts (10 1/2-cup servings)

So the ice cream may not be lip-puckering sour, but it definitely has a nice tartness to it. One I don't think you'd get without the sour cream. Just don't think of it as a taco topping when you're adding it in... it's a cream, with a tang. That's all. You'll thank me for it.

The texture may not be quite as creamy as some of the previous ice creams I've made, but it's still rich and fluffy, just the way ice cream should be.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 97g
Amount per serving
Calories 176Calories from fat 83
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.3g14%
Saturated Fat 5.8g29%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 17mg1%
Total Carbs 21.3g7%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugars 15.0g
Protein 1.0g
Vitamin A 7%Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 3%Iron 0%


  1. Blueberry ice cream?! Yes please...where are the spoons? :-)

  2. I can totally get on board with sour cream in ice cream...especially with blueberries. Fantastic pictures too!

  3. Oh sour cream in the ice cream sounds interesting... Does it make it like a PInkberry tart? I could definately get on board with that. =)

  4. @Lindsey@Lindselicious Wait, what is a Pinkberry Tart? Is it something else fabulous I'm missing out on?

  5. Blueberry Ice Cream with a bit of vodka? Count me in!

  6. Yum!! I believe this was based on the Strawberry Sour Cream ice cream from the book, no? I bet it's delicious... sort of cheesecake-like.

  7. Gorgeous homemade ice cream, I am linking to this post today :)

  8. @Danielle

    frozen yogurt!

  9. @RodzillaArgh! No wonder I'm missing out, we don't have those here!

  10. Wonderful recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  11. Hi! I wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the "Cute Little Chef" blog award! Go by my blog to pick it up!

  12. Please...I want some

  13. Hi Danielle,

    I'd like to include this post in my end of summer ice cream round up and want your permission to use one of your images with a link back to you. Can you email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com?



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