Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Easy Peasy Blackberry Icecream

When I wrote my 30 frugal top tips a while back, one of the frugal things I mentioned that I'd never done but would like to try one day, was to make icecream.

I've made easy peasy banana icecream where you freeze chunks of banana and then blend them in the food processor and even though it's just banana, it tastes like a deluxe creamy dessert. But I've never made proper homemade icecream that requires either an icecream maker, which I don't possess, or oodles of messing around getting it out of the freezer every half hour to whisk it up. 

Last weekend we needed a treaty pudding for Daughter's birthday lunch that didn't involve an oven (mine's been out of order for a while) so I decided it was time to achieve one of my frugal ambitions and at long last to try out a friend's icecream recipe. She swears by it and promised me it only required one lot of whisking and no subsequent attention. Now that's my kind of lazy homemade icecream! 


We modified the original recipe slightly. Mostly because although I adore icecream I'm not actually a real lover of cream or milk. I could pretend the modification makes it a lot healthier but the fruit and yogurt probably don't offset the cream and condensed milk enough to make this an everyday pudding!

Easy Peasy Icecream - the original recipe

1 397g tin condensed milk
600ml double cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Beat ingredients until the mixture is thick and stiff, like pipeable whipped cream. Freeze for 6 - 8 hours.

Everyday Life on a Shoestring's Easy Peasy Blackberry Icecream

1 397g tin of condensed milk
250ml whipping cream
250ml 0% fat Greek Yogurt
several handfuls of blackberries stewed with a spoonful or two of sugar

Beat all the ingredients except for the blackberries, until thick and stiff. For extra frugality I insisted on using my hand whisk that you wind with a handle for the whisking part so it took three of us an awful lot of whisking and arm ache before it was the required consistency.

Then we swirled in the blackberries. You could puree them but my take on it is that there's an extra rustic charm to whole blackberries that have sunk to the bottom of the icecream!

This amount of icecream served with stewed apple fed 6 adults, 2 big children and 2 little children, several of whom had second helpings. There is plenty left in the freezer. I'm never very good at costing out recipes - what I can tell you is that the condensed milk had been in the cupboard for ages, the 500g tub of Greek yogurt was on offer at £1, and the blackberries were free, so the whole dish must have come in at under £5 which, for a large bowl of super duper icecream with no funny sounding ingredients, must be a good price.

The basic recipe comes with an alternative chocolate version (melt 200g chocolate and whisk with the rest of the ingredients. Add 100g chopped milk chocolate or maltesers). 

With a little imagination, you could make all sorts of other variations. What would be your favourite flavour?!


13 comments:

  1. How can you go wrong with ice cream? No matter what the recipe. I'm glad it all turned out well.

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    1. Definitely turned out well and we'll be making it again!

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  2. im liking that chocolate version

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    1. Me too! Next time we deserve a treaty pudding I've got the chocolate version lined up!

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  3. That looks really good :) I actually have an ice cream maker (from an op shop for $4), and I think I might try this recipe in it. We are coming into summer over here, and I think I'll be making a lot of ice cream :)

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    1. Let me know how it goes in the icecream maker - less arm ache I guess!

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  4. Oh my that looks delicious! I'm drying to do Droptober, where I cut out sweets to make me drop a few pounds, so this would NOT help, but once I'm done :p I'll just undo all the good work!

    you could mix in marshmellows too!

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    1. Not long to November now!! Marshmallows would be yummy! Just like Ben and Jerrys icecream which we love (when it's on special offer!)

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  5. Thanks I have been thinking about making Ice cream for a while, I asked on Freecycle for an ice cream maker but nobody offered one now I don't need it anyway.Cheers.

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    1. I hope the icecream turns out well for you! Good luck!

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    2. Hi
      I have just made the chocolate ice cream fab but very rich, you only need a small portion. There was a fight as to who scraped out the bowl

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    3. We made it last weekend too! Some people thought it was too sickly - others thought it was just like a Ben and Jerry's icecream! We used milk chocolate which I think made it too sweet - next time I'm going to use plain chocolate.

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  6. Nice post i really like this post thanks to sharing this post.

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