Thursday, 10 May 2007

Unbelievably Good Chocolate and Blueberry Ice Cream


Unbelievably Good Chocolate and Blueberry Ice Cream

The day I read this recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours I went shopping. This is news? You are maybe thinking, well no but I went into a new deli type of shop and they sold blueberry preserve – which I bought, not knowing what I’d use it for exactly. When I was reading Baking later that same day I came across the chocolate and blueberry ice cream recipe and lo and behold it’s is one of the ingredients in this ice cream. Well if that’s not a sign to make something I don’t know what is!

The blueberry preserve (or jam) I have been looking for for quite some time, just to see what it was like. It tasted very much like blackcurrant jam, and if blueberry jam is out of the question I think blackcurrant would be an easy substitute.

The play in flavour between the chocolate and the blueberries in the ice cream is really delicious. I love chocolate. Chocolate almost anything. On TV last week (on Market Kitchen) I saw chocolate covered ants and other mini beasts, my hairs were standing on end with revulsion – so apparently not absolutely anything! Anyhow where this is going is Keith doesn’t go for chocolate in the big way I do, he likes it, but he can take it or leave it and he really loved it.

It’s made by making an egg custard and then melting chocolate into it, then after letting get cold you churn it in a machine and add in some blueberry preserve at the end. It only makes about a little over a pint of ice cream, but one big or two small scoops is really plenty for a serving. I really liked the fruity-ness of the preserve in the chocolate ice cream, and will definitely make this one again.

17 comments:

Cheryl said...

What a cool combination of ingredients. That looks so good and creamy.

Ilana said...

Yum blueberries and chocolate. I'm surprised blueberry preserves is a rare thing for you. Why is that?

The ice cream looks lovely and decadent. Well done!

xoxo
Ilana

gilly said...

Oh I love, love LOVE blueberry jams and preserves... and adding them to chocolate ice-cream sounds like a dream!

Little Foodie said...

This sounds amazing. Never had blueberry preserve but can imagine it was good. What sort of ice cream maker? I used to have a Magimix freeze the bowl type but it broke... can't decide if we really need another one or NOT....!

Kristen said...

Chocolate and blueberry? What a great combo. I would have never thought to try those two things together! Looks delicious!

Freya and Paul said...

You love Dorie and with good reason! What a fab ice cream!
p.s. Looking forward to the Pastry Queen book!!

vonsachsen said...

Sounds like an unusual combination to me but it looks so good, makes me want to rush out and buy an ice cream maker.

xx

kellypea said...

Interesting combo that I wouldn't have thought of, but can see how they would work. Yum on that picture. Just made creme fraiche ice cream not too long ago and that was a lip-smacker, too!

Joe said...

What a perfect pair of ingredients! I need to delve into the ice cream section of her book a little deeper I see!

Kathryn said...

I love the blueberry/chocolate combo - I have made a gorgeous blueberry choc compote from Good Food a few times. This looks yummy. I haven't tried blueberry preserve either, by the way - sounds like a fab ingredient!

Mara said...

BLueberries and chocolate, oh how wonderful that sounds!

Kelly-Jane said...

Cheryl, Gilly, Kristen, Vonsachen, Kellypea, Joe, Kathryn and Mara it's a really lovely ice cream, sort or reminded me of Nigella's Baci ice cream.

Ilana, blueberries are quite expensive here, they are a little cheaper in the summer time, but I think they are also a bit watery then.

Amanda I used to have a canister that you freeze, I think it was a magimix, but I gave it away so can't check. Now have a Gaggia which is fabulous, and a lot easier!

Freya and Paul, Rebacca's book sounds great!

KJxx

Little Foodie said...

Aww! I was hoping you'd say you did it by hand. One of my new years resolutions was not to buy anymore kitchen gadgets unless they were essential... Is ice cream essential? Yes! No! Yes! No! It's not good having two arguing voices in your head!!
Amanda x

Little Foodie said...

BTW: Of course I know you did it by ice cream maker see 1st comment - it's just one voice kept telling me you did it by hand!! Probably husbands credit card..

Kelly-Jane said...

Amanda LOL!

I was given it by hubby once when he had been away working for 5 weeks!

KJxx

Shaun said...

Kelly-Jane - Now that I know Dorie has an ice cream section in her latest cookery book, I will get it during my next trip back to the US. Your ice cream looks amazing...You have a knack for choosing great recipes.

Helen said...

I have been meaning to make this one for so long...it sonds delicious!