Just Like a Pancake: Blueberry Maple Ice Cream

If breakfast and dessert had a child, blueberry pancake ice cream would be it. Butter, blueberries, and maple makes this ice cream just like a breakfast stack.
By Sarah Fennel

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It tastes like… well, like you’re eating a blueberry pancake. Rich and creamy with a hint of maple and bursts of juicy blueberries.

Pretty great if I do say so myself.

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What makes this ice cream so unique is that it actually tastes like a pancake? I used vanilla, butter extract, and maple syrup to recreate the pancake flavor and I must say, it’s pretty spot on.

But you’ll just have to try for yourself now, won’t you

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Just Like a Pancake: Blueberry Maple Ice Cream
 
If breakfast and dessert had a child, blueberry pancake ice cream would be it. Butter, blueberries, and maple makes this dessert just like a breakfast stack.
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Recipe Type: Dessert, Ice Cream
Serves: 1 quart
Ingredients
For the ice cream base
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Grade A maple syrup
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the blueberry bit
  • 1½ cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions
Prepare the ice cream the night before
  1. In a large pot, combine whole milk, maple syrup, and sugar. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir the mixture gently the entire time.* Heat on medium-low heat until the mixture reaches 180°F. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl until light and pale yellow in color. Temper the yolks by adding a small amount (1/4 - ½ a cup) of the warm milk mixture into the egg bowl, stirring while you incorporate. Pour the warmed egg yolks into the milk pot, again stirring while you incorporate.
  2. Continue to stir the mixture slowly on low heat for about 5 minutes. Your custard will be ready when the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon (and reaches between 160-170°F). Don't let the mixture cook for much longer, or the eggs will cook and the custard will curdle. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream, vanilla and butter extracts, and salt. Pour into a freezer-safe container and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 12 hours (overnight is perfect!)
  3. About an hour before churning your ice cream, make your blueberry swirl.In a small saucepan, heat the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice on medium heat until the blueberries just slightly begin to release their juices. Remove from heat and allow to chill for at least 1 hour.
  4. Once chilled, pour ice cream into your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Once the ice cream is done churning, scoop half of it out into a container. Pour half of your chilled blueberries over the ice cream. Repeat this process with the second half of your ice cream and blueberries.
  5. Use a spatula to gently swirl the blueberries into the ice cream. Don't swirl too much, or the entire thing will become blue! Cover and allow to freeze for another 12 hours. Then serve!
Notes
Be very careful not to whisk your mixture or stir to heavily, or it will foam and separate
 

3 Comments
  1. Looks fab. I will have to try this, but will use wild blueberries instead for more intense blueberry flavor! (And because I live in Maine).

  2. Hi Sarah
    Really nice recipe. I would love to try this out. But can we make the same thing without eggs. Please let me know.
    Bye

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