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Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream

Blueberry Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream

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  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart, adapted from David Lebovitz
  • Total Time: 9-24 hours
  • Yield: About 1 quart 1x


Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream pairs creamy vanilla ice cream with fresh blueberry syrup swirled in makes for a perfect summer treat for your summer parties.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups Whipping Cream, divided
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice


For the Ice Cream Custard: Beat the egg yolks in a medium sized mixing bowl and set them aside.  In a medium sized stock pot, combine the milk, whipping cream, sugar, and salt.  Heat and stir the milk and cream until gently simmering, then gradually pour it into the egg yolks, whisking as you pour. You are tempering the eggs with this step, or slowly bringing them to a similar temperature as the warm cream so that they don’t scramble when they are poured into the warm pan.

Return the entire mixture to the pan, then heat over medium low, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula to prevent it from burning and clumping.  Do not let it come to a boil, as this will likely make the mixture curdle.  Heat until it is 194° F (90°C), or is thick enough to coat a clean spoon without dripping off.  Stir in the vanilla extract.

Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover with a layer of clingwrap directly on top of the custard, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 24.

For the Blueberry Swirl:  In a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, 1/3 cup white sugar, and lemon juice.  Cook over medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly.  It will be dry at first, but as you cook it the sugar will melt and the blueberries will let off juice, forming a liquid sauce.  Continue to stir and cook until it has reduced by about half and runs off of a spoon in thick drops.

Pour the sauce through a sieve into a bowl, pressing through with a spoon to extract as much of the juice and fruit from the skins as possible.  Discard the skins and chill the sauce until cold.

To Churn the Ice Cream: Churn the custard according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.  Once it has reached soft serve stage, spoon about 1 /5 of the mixture into the container it will be stored in.  Pour about 1/4 of the blueberry sauce, then repeat those steps until all of the ice cream and sauce are combined.  Before putting it into the freezer, swirl with a knife.  Freeze until hard.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes || Rest Time: 8-24 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes churning
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Churning & Freezing
  • Cuisine: American