Blueberry + Green Tea Ice Cream

Ok, so, for some reason I feel, like, abnormally guilty about how much I dislike whole fruit in my desserts. I guess I just feel bad when I'm making them, because I know other people love the fruit pieces that I have so carefully removed. Luckily, I found a way around it for this blueberry green tea ice cream. Save them, and fold them in for the chunky fruit lovers in your life! 

For this ice cream, I used an ice cream maker. I thrifted mine for $3. I got this one. It's not as inexpensive as mine, but I know there are some good options in ice cream makers for around $25. I love mine, so simple, just toss your ingredients in and plug it in and go about your day. I'm day-dreaming about starting a blog where I just make ice cream and popsicles, but then I remember it's not always summer. :(

Makes: 1 quart

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20-40 minutes in the ice cream maker

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Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of brewed green tea - I used Trader Joe's, but you could brew your own or buy some iced green tea of your own, just make sure it's unsweetened. 
  • 1/2 of sugar
  • 2 cups of 1/2 and 1/2 

Supplies:

  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Ice Cream Salt
  • Ice
  • Saucepan
  • Sieve or Cheesecloth
  • Freezer Safe Dish

Directions:

  • First, mash up your blueberries with a fork.
  • Then place blueberries, sugar and green tea in a medium sized sauce pan to make a simple syrup. To do this simply place all ingredients on high heat until it comes to a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium and cook for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly and changes color. 
  • Strain the mixture through a sieve or cheesecloth and set the blueberry pieces aside for a topping. 
  • Set up your ice cream maker per instructions and add syrup mixture and half and half. 
  • Once the ice cream has thickened, move it to freezer safe dish and set in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours to set. 

Serve this ice-cream with or without topping. If you want you can fold the berries into half of the ice cream for people who like it better that way. If you have some mint to garnish, that would make a delicious contrast. 

This ice cream comes out with a soft and sweet blueberry flavor. The green tea flavor is muted and helps to bring out the blueberry. Expect a pale purple color.