Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream

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Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream

Our readers say it best: “This recipe makes the most unique-tasting and refreshing blueberry ice cream you’ve ever had. A wonderful treat!”

Total Time: 40
Yield: about 5 cups


  • 2-1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt


In a skillet over medium heat, cook blueberries with lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium-size saucepan, bring cream and lemon zest to a simmer; then remove from heat. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Pour 1/2 cup hot cream into egg mixture, whisking as you go; then transfer it all back into pot to create a loose custard. Stir in half of blueberries. Heat custard over medium heat, stirring continuously, until it reaches 175° on an instant-read thermometer (this is the point at which it will thicken noticeably).
Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and salt, and pour through a strainer into a bowl, mashing blueberries with back of spoon to release juices. Chill in refrigerator until very cold, 6—12 hours. For faster results, stir over a bowl of ice, but let custard sit several hours for the best texture.
Once mixture is chilled, it should register between 35° and 40° on an instant-read thermometer. Pour into ice cream maker, leaving 1 inch at top to allow for expansion; prepare according to freezer instructions.
Add remaining berries during final 5 minutes of chilling. For firmer texture, chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours.

Additional Notes:

Allow 6 to 12 hours to chill.

    The lemon and the blueberry together make this ice cream sublime.

  • I make the desserts for our American Regional menu at a culinary school. Whenever we do New England I always incorporate this ice cream into the menu. The patrons love it.

  • This recipe makes the most unique tasting and refreshing blueberry ice cream that you have ever had.
    Wonderful treat!!


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