Blueberries are my favorite berries, and ice cream is my favorite meal. Combine the two and you’ve got the second best thing about summer. (First best thing? Girls in sundresses.) Make it in your freezer and share it on your stoop with that cute girl in a halter top. Here are two versions of the recipe so that every kind of eater is pleased.
2 cups blueberries (fresh, frozen, or straight from the patch)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 cups cream (half & half also works if you’re not keen on cream)
Note: if you have more or less blueberries than the 2 cups used here, just make sure the amount of cream is equal to the amount of berries, and adjust sugar accordingly.
Combine blueberries and sugar in a saucepan (read: pot, for those of you who are not kitchen-literate). Bring it to a boil, and then simmer until the berries burst and saucepan’s contents look like thick jelly. This should take about 5-7 minutes, depending on your stove.
Remove from stove and use a spoon or flat cooking utensil of your choice to press berry jelly through a sieve into a new bowl. Put this in the fridge until it cools.
Add cream to cooled berry mixture. Stir until it turns a beautiful violet. If you have an ice cream maker, you can use this mixture in your machine. Or, you can place it directly in the freezer. Stir with a fork every five minutes or so as ice crystals form. Keep stirring until the ice cream reaches your desired consistency. I like my ice cream like I like my femmes – HARD – so it takes about thirty minutes.
Vegan / Lactose-free Version
2 cups blueberries
3/4 cup water
2/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut milk
Combine blueberries, water, and nectar in saucepan. Bring mixture to boil, and then simmer for 1-2 minutes. Place it in the fridge until it’s cool.
Using blender / food processor, blend cooled berry mixture until smooth. Strain mixture through sieve and add the coconut milk, stirring everything together. If you have an ice cream maker, this is your mixture! If you don’t, put it in your freezer. Stir occasionally to keep it from becoming chunky crystals. Serve with orange shavings on top so it’s extra freaking delicious!
Happy creaming, Autostraddlers!