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Blackberry and Apple Ice Cream

Blackberry Ice Cream It’s wonderful heading into autumn, because it brings up a whole new interesting set of flavour possibilities.

My last post was about blackberries, and yesterday I had occasion to wander around my back garden for the first time in ages.


There, on the little apple trees planted by my landlady, were the most beautiful and tasty apples.

It didn’t take much to put apple and blackberry together – those two fruits are made for each other, and I immediately went making ice cream… 

If you have access to both fruits, here’s a recipe that yields a very cream dessert…

Murphys Blackberry and Apple Ice Cream


1 cup Sugar 

5 Egg Yolks 

1 3/8 Cups Cream

1 1/8 Cups Milk

Juice of half a lemon 

1 Apple

1 Blackberry Coulis Recipe

What to do:

  1. Make the blackberry coulis (recipe here)
  2. Peel and core the apple, and blend together with the lemon juice and coulis as soon as you have strained the latter (it’s more liquid when hot, which will make things easier). Refrigerate until cool.
  3. Beat the sugar and egg yolks together until thick and pale yellow. 
  4. Bring the milk to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
  5. Beat the milk into the eggs and sugar in a slow stream.
  6. Pour the mixture back into pan and place over low heat. 
  7. Stir until the custard thickens (around 60C).
  8. Allow the custard to cool.
  9. Whip the cream until you have soft peaks. Do not over-whip!
  10. Fold in the custard and blackberry-apple coulis.
  11. Freeze using a domestic ice cream machine, or cover and place in the freezer.

Blackberry Ice Cream Plate12 Servings

Notes: 1. You can add a bit of cinnamon or vanilla if it’s to your taste.

2. To pasteurise the eggs, heat the custard to 73C and keep at that temperature for three minutes. Use a cooking thermometer, though, and keep stirring! If the custard goes any higher than 76C, the eggs will scramble. Immediately cover and place in the freezer until cool.

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6 Responses to “Blackberry and Apple Ice Cream”

  1. September 8th, 2006 at 10:53 am

    Rebecca says:

    Its my daughters 5th birthday in December and I’ve had an eye out to source a great flavour for a good old fashioned baked alaska birthday cake. Could this be the flavour I’m after?

    Also wondered, have you tried making any dairy free ice creams?

  2. September 9th, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Kieran says:

    All of our sorbets are dairy-free! Have a few recipes here on the blog…

  3. March 23rd, 2007 at 4:14 am

    brian says:

    Very nice blog!. This recipe is very intriguing. I love berries and the apple addition is a real twist. I have to ask: is the apple flavor discernible?

  4. March 23rd, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Kieran says:

    Yes, it definitely was for me…

  5. January 16th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Evan says:

    It looked promising (blackberries are a favorite of mine), but I think in the end, the taste of egg is too strong.

  6. June 12th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    bell says:

    I don’t grow apples, so what variety would you suggest I buy? Thanks!

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