Blueberry Pie Ice Cream
- Yield 4 cups
Crumbled pieces of blueberry pie are churned into a blueberry-flavored custard.
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries, thawed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup chopped blueberry pie pieces
- Combine the blueberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and orange juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil over low heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer the berries for 5 minutes, or until they thicken. Puree the berries in a food processor fitted with the steel blade or in a blender, and return the puree to the saucepan.
- Add the cream, milk, milk powder, and salt to the saucepan, and stir well to dissolve the milk powder. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Beat the eggs and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a mixing bowl with a whisk until thick and light yellow in color. Slowly beat about one-third of the hot cream mixture into the eggs so they are gradually warmed up, and then return the contents of the mixing bowl to the saucepan. Place the pan over medium-low heat and stir constantly, reaching all parts of the bottom of the pan, until the mixture reaches about 170°F on an instant-read thermometer; at this point it begins to emit steam, thickens slightly, and coats the back of a spoon. This takes 3 to 6 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil or the eggs will scramble. Strain the custard through a fine sieve, if desired.
- Transfer the hot liquid to a storage container and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the mixture uncovered until it is completely chilled (below 40F).
- Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the soft ice cream to a chilled mixing bowl and fold in the pie pieces.
- Serve immediately for a soft ice cream, or transfer the mixture to an airtight storage container and freeze until hard. Allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving if frozen solid.
Reprinted with permission from Ellen Brown’s Scoop: 125 Specialty Ice Creams from the Nation’s Best Creameries (Running Press, May 2011).