I’ve been experimenting with flavors, but for the moment, I’m kind of
stuck on berries and chocolate, if you haven’t noticed. So here is a
recipe for vanilla ice cream with swirls of chocolate and berry
One of my birthday gifts this year was a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment.
I am very happy with it so far because I had a hand crank ice cream maker up until this neat attachment entered the picture. And it frees up my hands for other things. Another bonus – I can add the extras to the ice cream without taking a cover on and off, or
pausing the process.
The berry concentrate is something I keep in the freezer for smoothies. I boil berries with honey for about 15 minutes (sweeten to taste), cool the liquid, and then place the liquid through a strainer or sieve to remove the seeds (I use raspberries a lot). You can freeze it in individual portions to be used as needed. Or, just use frozen berries.
Berry Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- 3 cups of milk and/or cream (goats milk, coconut milk, almond milk, will work; if you are using cow milk, a good ratio is 2 cups of cream to one cup of milk)
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of berry concentrate or frozen berries (slightly frozen or thawed – your preference)
- 4 teaspoons of vanilla (preferably in alcohol), or a vanilla bean
- Add the milk, honey and vanilla to a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes or so, until you see tiny bubbles forming around the edges.
- Now, if you added a vanilla bean, let the liquid sit for about 1 hour. If you just added vanilla flavoring, cool the liquid for about 15 minutes and then place it in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. If you went the vanilla bean route, when it is cooled, place it in the refrigerator for an hour to chill.
- Add the liquid to an ice cream maker, and follow your ice cream maker’s directions for making ice cream.
- About 5 minutes before the ice cream is finished churning, melt the chocolate chips until just soft and almost fully melted. Take a fork and add strings of melted chocolate to the churning ice cream. The chocolate will solidify as it enters the ice cream and the churning will break up the pieces of chocolate into chips.
- Next, take a fork and add small quantities of the berry concentrate to the churning ice cream. If the concentrate is frozen, it will stay separated from the ice cream in chunks. If the concentrate is in a liquid state, it will combine with the ice cream and become more like berry-flavored ice cream with chocolate chips.
- Scoop the ice cream out into a container, and place it in the freezer for an hour or so to finish freezing the ice cream. I also place plastic wrap on the top of the container before I cover it to prevent ice from forming.