Fresh picked raspberries will bring your raspberry ice cream to a whole new level of refreshing, cold ice cream for a tasty dessert on a hot summer day.
I had a couple of cups of raspberries freshly picked this morning and I was in the mood for homemade ice cream. And when you are in the mood for ice cream you go for it. And what better ice cream than raspberry ice cream. So if you have raspberries, milk, half and half, sugar and vanilla plus an ice cream maker and you are set.
Making this raspberry ice cream is simple and easy plus you only need 5 ingredients – raspberries (fresh is preferred but frozen will work), milk, half and half, sugar, and vanilla extract. That’s it.
With a frozen dessert maker, you can make ice cream almost anytime you want. I love homemade ice cream but sometimes my ice cream doesn’t turn out as creamy or smooth as I want. It always turns out delicious, just like this fresh raspberry ice cream, but it sometimes it is not perfectly creamy. I have been reading and studying how to prevent icy ice cream and I have a couple of tips for you.
1 – make sure your ice cream bowl is really frozen; no sloshing around in the bowl
2 – use cold ingredients; even mix everything the night before – cold ingredients means less churning time and better flavor
3 – freeze the container you will be storing your ice cream in
4 – transfer to your container and freezer quickly
5 – store in the back of your freezer and eat within a couple of days as longest
6 – use fat; whole milk, cream – water is your culprit and the less fat content means more water
7- use milk powder – absorbs water and makes a creamy ice cream
Apparently the reason sometimes ice cream is icy is because it doesn’t freeze fast enough or has too much water (read low calorie options). We want small ice cream crystals and freezing faster means small crystals which means a creamier ice cream.
I hope those tips help you make the creamiest raspberry ice cream you have ever eaten.
Raspberry Ice Cream
- 2 cup raspberries
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place ice cream container in freezer while ice cream is mixing
- Rinse raspberries in a strainer
- In a medium bowl gently stir in 1/2 cup of sugar with the raspberries, set aside for 30 minutes
- Turn the ice cream maker on and pour milk, half and half, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup sugar into your ice cream maker
- Add the raspberries/sugar mixture to the ice cream maker
- Following the instructions on your ice cream maker, let it mix everything to a soft serve consistency
- Remove raspberry ice cream from ice cream maker
- Serve as soft serve or freeze in cold ice cream container for 2 to 3 hours