Blackberry ice cream

A fantastically fruity treat, with a hint of vanilla 

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus infusing and churning
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes, plus infusing and churning

Serves: 8

Ingredients

500ml whole milk
500ml double cream
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
600g blackberries
190g caster sugar
10 egg yolks
2½tbsp lemon juice
good pinch flaky sea salt

Method

1. In a heavy-based saucepan, gently bring the milk and cream to the boil with the vanilla pod, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Lightly mash 600g blackberries in a bowl with 2 tbsp of the caster sugar; set aside.

2. Whisk the egg yolks and remaining sugar in a large bowl until thick and pale yellow. Remove the vanilla pod from the milk and cream, scrape the seeds back in and gently bring back to the boil. Whisk into the beaten egg yolks and sugar until fully combined.

3. Return the custard to the cleaned pan and place over a medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 10-15 minutes Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

4. Purée the macerated blackberries in a food processor until smooth and then push through a sieve, extracting as much liquid as possible; discard the seeds. Fold into the cooled custard with the lemon juice and salt until combined.

5. Churn in the Cuisinart Ice Cream and Gelato Professional until the blade has almost stopped. Serve immediately or transfer to a container and freeze for later