Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Have you ever thought that maybe America’s colors are red, white, and blue because we celebrate our country’s birthday during strawberry and blueberry season? I have. And now you probably have, too. Well, it’s not just coincidence that Chels and I are posting blueberry recipes one after the other. I mean, blueberries are ridiculously fresh right now and a ridiculously good price. And I cannot resist buying at least two packages of them every time I’m at the grocery store. Sometimes I fear I’ll turn into Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But I really wouldn’t mind.

I knew I wanted to make a blueberry ice cream, but when I spotted a Cooking Light recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, I was sold. I was more than sold. I was, “I’ll empty out my purse and my pockets right here in the street and give you every last piece of gum and lint I’ve got.” Oh, my gum and pocket lint aren’t worth anything? What about a lipgloss or chapstick? I’ve got about 13 of those in my purse.

Not only is this one of the best homemade ice creams I’ve ever had, but it is, get this, better for you than a typical ice cream. Seriously. Making it with 2% milk and half-and-half instead of whole milk and cream cuts down on the fat in a major way (which means, ahem, you can have two servings). Also, blueberries have tons and tons of antioxidants, so I’d argue this ice cream is actually healthy. And suitable for breakfast. Amen. I obviously had to include some graham cracker crumbles in the mix because, honestly, what’s a cheesecake without a graham cracker crust?

Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (makes 1 quart):
Adapted from Cooking Light
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• 3/4 C sugar
• 3 oz. 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (also known as neufchatel)
• 2 large egg yolks
• 1 1/2 C 2% milk
• 1 C half-and-half
• 1 1/2 C fresh blueberries, coarsely chopped
• 1/8 C powdered sugar
• 1/8 C water
• 6 graham crackers, crumbled

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You might want to consider starting this recipe the day before you want to indulge. Only because there’s lots of waiting time. And it’s not fun to wait when all you want to do is stick your spoon into a big scoop of homemade ice cream.

Start off by combining the sugar, cream cheese, and egg yolks into a large bowl.

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Beat them with a mixer (I used a hand mixer) at a high speed until they’re nice and smooth.

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Now, in a medium heavy saucepan, combine the milk and half-and-half. Bring the mixture a boil. Remove the pan from the heat.

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Add half of the hot milk mixture to the sugar/cream cheese/egg mixture, while stirring constantly with a whisk to combine.

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Now return this milk/sugar/cream cheese/egg mixture back to the saucepan with the remaining milk in it.

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Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the mixture reaches 160 degree when tested with a thermometer. Make sure you’re stirring the whole time.

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Now you’ll want to cool the mixture by putting the pan in an ice-filled bowl (I used ice packs in my bowl, too, and made sure the pan was surrounded). Stir occasionally.

While the mixture is cooling, make sure your beautiful blueberries are all chopped.

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Now, in a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, powdered sugar, and water.

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Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

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Let the mixture thicken a bit and stir frequently. Now set this mixture aside to cool as well.

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Once both of your mixtures are completely cooled, you can stir the blueberry mixture into the milk mixture.

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Mix it all up and then chill in your fridge for a bit. The longer you can chill the mixture, the better; but try to chill it for at least 3 hours. If you want to keep it in the fridge overnight, that’s great, too.

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When it’s nice and cold, process it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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When the ice cream is almost done processing, add the graham cracker pieces in.

Then put it in a separate container and pop it in the freezer, for at least 3-4 more hours. Again, overnight would be great, too.

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And you’re ready to indulge. In semi-healthyish ice cream. That is basically the prettiest color ever ever. And doesn’t taste lower-fat in any way, shape, or form.

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The flavor of the ice cream wasn’t overly cheesecake-y but the creaminess was all there. What I’m trying to say is that even if you’re not a cheesecake lover, you’ll still swoon for this. But if you are a cheesecake lover, you might die over it. In a good way.

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Though the graham cracker pieces weren’t in the original recipe, I kinda feel like they’re crucial. They add an extra bit of sweetness and a little bit more substance to the dessert.

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And the blueberries? Oh my, the blueberries. While I generally always opt for fresh blueberries plain and unadulterated right from the carton, I would eat blueberries in this form every day if I could. Who wouldn’t?

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The moral of this story is, make this ice cream. Make it for the 4th of July if you can because it’s filled with summer and blue. Though the blue does look a bit more like purple. But who’s keeping score? Celebrate blueberry season while you can because it’s going by much too soon. And if for some (outrageously crazy) reason you don’t like blueberries, try it with strawberries instead.

Or make both and be the most popular person at your 4th of July cookout. Red, white, and blue, represent :)

What are your 4th of July plans? Will ice cream be involved?

[Sues]

29 Comments

  • Erica said:

    mmmmmmmmmm! This sounds awesome. Anything that involves graham crackers is usually a winner in my book. We’re going to my Aunt’s house on the water for the 4th!! Ice cream? Maybe ice cream cake!

    July 1, 2011 1:19 am
  • Wow, I need to make (and eat) this ice cream immediately!

    July 1, 2011 6:07 am
  • Cara said:

    oh this looks delicious, my coworker made creme fraiche ice cream with a blueberry swirl last week but there was no graham crackers included. I love the graham cracker swirl!!

    July 1, 2011 7:44 am
  • The color of this is just gorgeous!

    July 1, 2011 8:40 am
  • Gorgeous color…..I bet it tasted so good! I love cream cheese ice creams! They are so decadent!

    July 1, 2011 8:42 am
  • This is so pretty – and I totally bet our forefathers designed the American flag on the in-season fruit! :)

    July 1, 2011 8:53 am
  • I’m in such an ice cream making mood these days and I’m adding this to my list! I love the color and well, it’s cheesecake. Can’t beat that!

    July 1, 2011 10:28 am
  • brandi said:

    I LOVE cheesecake ice creams! And the color is just gorgeous.

    July 1, 2011 10:41 am
  • Susan said:

    What a gorgeous looking ice cream! What a delicious way to get your dose of healthy blueberries ;)

    July 1, 2011 10:48 am
  • Holly said:

    The color is amazing!! Im printing this recipe now! : )

    July 1, 2011 12:26 pm
  • Barbara said:

    We’re all in a blueberry frame of mind! :)
    I’ve made regular blueberry ice cream, but never a cheesecake blueberry. Double deliciousness!

    July 1, 2011 1:18 pm
  • Shannon said:

    I thought i was craving blueberry pie until I read this post, now it might be this ice cream…

    July 1, 2011 1:24 pm
  • briarrose said:

    You just can’t go wrong with this ice cream. Gorgeous color and delicious flavor. So yummy.

    July 1, 2011 1:52 pm
  • Velva said:

    Oh yes! Blueberry season is just coming to an end here in North Florida. Did I mention that I have 18lbs of fresh blueberries in my freezer? While picking the blueberries the owner made a fresh blueberry ice cream to share. I loved it. Now, I see your recipe, wow. It looks awesome!!!

    Velva

    July 1, 2011 2:08 pm
  • I made this a few years back when the recipe was first published, and I still remember how awesome it was. Fantastic idea to add in graham crackers!! I’m definitely doing that next time.

    July 1, 2011 3:49 pm
  • holllllyyyyy yum, its times like these i really wish i had an ice cream maker! sounds so creamy and delicious, gosh i would love to try some. beautiful recipe and an even more beautiful blog :)

    July 1, 2011 4:11 pm
  • peachkins said:

    I just had “addicted to cheesecake” ice cream yesterday from an ice cream parlor..this is even better!

    July 1, 2011 10:06 pm
  • Michelle said:

    This looks FABULOUS! Thanks for the kind words today Sues…it meant a lot! xo

    July 1, 2011 10:38 pm
  • lena said:

    hi sue, i really envy you gals over there having berries season , wec an get berries here but it’s very expensive. NOw this ice cream looks like something to die for, it really sounds delicious to me, the color is great too!! have a nice weekend!

    July 2, 2011 10:17 am
  • Thanks for the great pictures..this ice cream looks amazing!

    July 2, 2011 1:09 pm
  • Blueberries are my favourite, this looks totally scrumptious, love it!

    July 2, 2011 8:35 pm
  • Mary said:

    This is over the top and completely delectable. What a treat for the holiday weekend. I hope you enjoy every minute of it. Blessings…Mary

    July 2, 2011 9:43 pm
  • Not to stray from the ridiculously good ice cream, but I totally have that lime green whisk too! love it.

    July 3, 2011 10:13 am
  • oooh, that’s a luscious color! absolutely fabulous.

    July 3, 2011 9:32 pm
  • Chaya said:

    I keep saying that I should take out my ice cream maker and you just gave me every reason to do just that. The idea of cheesecake and blueberries in an ice cream is just too good.

    July 3, 2011 10:23 pm
  • Catherine said:

    Where do you get your pint containers???

    July 4, 2011 2:02 pm
  • Sues said:

    Catherine- I got mine on Amazon- They’re from Zak Designs and are amazing!

    July 4, 2011 11:38 pm
  • It’s blue alright. Just remarked at how sweet blueberries are right now. Sounds like the perfect use.

    July 4, 2011 11:45 pm
  • laurie said:

    I just made this and it’s pretty amazing. I used higher fat content ingredients, since that’s what I had on hand, and it is RICH. But in a good way. It’s pretty labor intensive, versus other ice cream recipes, but again, I think it’s worth it. I remember Baskin Robin’s blueberry cheesecake ice cream from when I was a kid and this is the grown up version.

    May 20, 2012 6:16 pm

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