This ice cream is is bursting with sweet flavor from roasted blueberries. Creme fraiche adds a unique tartness and extra creamy texture.

When I was younger, I loved going on road trips and traveling around the country. During the college semester I would study hard and work for my grades. But when winter and summer break arrived, I was off to parts unknown. In the summer of ’97 I drove all the way around the country with friends. Rarely did I feel worn out during that trip. I had boundless energy and seemed to thrive on little sleep. My back never got sore from hours upon hours in the car. My fear of bridges and heights had not fully formed because I can remember driving up the entire California coastal highway with a cliff on my left side and not a care in the universe. I still love traveling more than almost anything else aside from cooking and photography but every year I feel like I’m slowing down more. There’s no getting around it; traveling is becoming more difficult. 

This ice cream is is bursting with sweet flavor from roasted blueberries. Creme fraiche adds a unique tartness and extra creamy texture.

These days my love affair with traveling mostly involves visiting other countries and seeing the world. I want to see it all before I die. But anytime I take a trip, even within the boundaries of my own country, my wanderlust is mixed with stress. Plane rides hurt my back. Turbulence kicks in my anxiety. Jet lag wears me out for days. In fact, the traveling portion of my travel exhausts me to the point where I’m not as excited as I’d like to be when I arrive at my final destination. I mean, seriously? I’m only 35. It shouldn’t be so difficult. And it kind of pisses me off.

This ice cream is is bursting with sweet flavor from roasted blueberries. Creme fraiche adds a unique tartness and extra creamy texture.

I want to have the stamina and body of my 20-year-old self. I want to hop off the red eye flight and be immediately ready for adventure. But that’s probably never going to happen again. I just have to remain optimistic that none of this will sway my desire to see the world. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be around for awhile and it’s too soon to be giving up on one of my greatest passions.

This ice cream is is bursting with sweet flavor from roasted blueberries. Creme fraiche adds a unique tartness and extra creamy texture.

Roasted Blueberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
 
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This ice cream is is bursting with sweet flavor from roasted blueberries. Creme fraiche adds a unique tartness and extra creamy texture.
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Serves: approximately 1 quart
Ingredients
  • 18 ounces fresh blueberries
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 5 ounces granulated sugar
  • 1¼ cup whole milk
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces creme fraiche
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Rinse off the blueberries and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Roast the berries for 12 minutes, giving the pan a shake every 4 minutes for even cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Puree in a blender until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
  4. Add the milk and vanilla to a saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in the creme fraiche until smooth. When the mixture is just starting to simmer (don't boil it), slowly ladle approximately half of the liquid into the yolks while whisking.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir in a figure 8 motion with a wood spoon or rubber spatula for several minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in roasted blueberry puree and remove from the heat. Allow to cool for several minutes, stirring periodically. Cover with plastic wrap that’s pressed directly against the liquid to prevent a skin from forming. Chill until very cold, preferably overnight.
  6. Prepare ice cream according to the manufacturer's instructions.

 

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Comments

  1. These photos just killed me. Absolutely stunning!!! Also love the simplicity of this recipe!

  2. Extra-long road trips are my favorite way to travel…I love driving down the highway, windows down & the radio cranked. I discovered last summer that I also really enjoy train travel. I have so many places I want to see before I die…I just need the time and the money! Some of that ice cream wouldn’t hurt either. :)

  3. Wow that looks amazing! So many flavors to love. Roasting blueberries sounds amazing, I’ll have to try this ASAP. :)

  4. Such gorgeous ice cream, the color is stunning!

  5. Absolutely magnificent.

  6. Easily the most gorgeous ice cream I have ever seen. Those pictures!! To this day, nothing is better to me than hitting the open road, but it aches a little more each time for me too, and now kids are in tow, so it’s just different.

  7. This ice cream looks gorgeous! Love the color!

  8. Ha … totally get you. I was always full of enthusiasm for travelling, and not only that but living here and living there. But now I just want to settle, but there is no chance of that as I’ve just married an Aussie and we have to keep flying half way across the world. I still love the travelling, but I love having a permanent base and feeling secure and settled even more. :-)
    Delicious (not to mention stunning) -looking ice cream!

  9. I am not just saying this to leave a comment… :-) I am definitely making this as soon as I am back from my trip! Incredible colour and I LOVE that you added creme fraiche to it! As far as travel goes, I am with you. Aching back and uncomfortable airplane seats won’t stop me. Whenever I travel in Europe I choose train over plane any time I can, so much more enjoyable. Have you left for Europe yet?

    • Jennifer Farley says:

      Not until the end of July! I will admit I’m nervous about the red eye there since there is so much I want to see and do during our visit.

  10. Any chance this would work with frozen blueberries?

    • Jennifer Farley says:

      I’m sure it will work just fine but if fresh are available where you live I would definitely use them instead!

  11. Carolyn says:

    Darling Jennifer. I love this recipe. You are brilliant. I want to be you. :) So making this!!!

  12. gorgeous gorgeous ice cream. . but I would expect nothing less from you! And re: traveling, I hear you girl .. for me, it’s the fact that we’re at the mercy of the weather and pilot, airlines etc (like we experienced in Miami) but yeah, I used to take red eyes with no problem but now I opt to travel with a schedule that is easiest for me. I don’t mind hopping on planes and love to travel. . my problem is that is takes me like 4 weeks to fully unpack and put my suitcase away! :P so good seeing you again!

  13. raise your hand if this is the best ice cream recipe EVER! ME! I am raising my hand. WOW!

  14. this ice cream is gorgeous. i have never had a roasted blueberry!!

    and your words on traveling resonated so much with me. i used to be so excited to get on planes, to pack, to just get up and leave. but now…. i’m leaving tonight for a trip and i am dreading packing! i know it will be good to see my family and friends and what not, but for the first time i think i’d rather them all come here to visit me so i wouldn’t have to leave!

  15. OMG roasted berries and creme fraishe- AMAZING! What a combo! I need to get on my ice cream making STAT!

  16. I always have the urge to cancel a trip right before I have to go. The apprehension and realization that my to-do list won’t be tackled puts the new adventure in the back seat. But then I’m always SO happy I wasn’t lame and back out. But I get what you mean. Give yourself 10 years and see what its like then!

    Another stellar ice cream recipe.

    • Jennifer Farley says:

      I’m certainly glad neither of us backed out this weekend because it was so great spending time with you again :) And I am totally addicted to making ice cream. Can’t stop.

  17. I’m with you – I love traveling (though I can’t afford to do it as much as I’d like), but my motion sickness often gets the better of me, both when I’m flying and road tripping!

  18. This looks so good! Can’t wait to try it. I made a sour cream ice cream last year that I loved. So I bet I would love creme fraiche in ice cream!

  19. Your road trips make me want to get into the car and forget the airplane altogether! This ice cream is beautiful!

  20. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous.

  21. this looks delicious!

  22. You’re killing me with this gorgeous ice cream. Roasting the blueberries is just genius. I need a scoop about now. Oh, and I feel your pain…getting old sucks.

  23. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!!! Does it have to be specifically clamshell blueberries? Or can I use any kind of blueberries?

    • Jennifer Farley says:

      Hi Tricia. Maybe I should change the wording to just 18 ounces of blueberries. A clamshell refers to the container you purchase berries in.

  24. Travelling stresses me out to the point where I won’t do it. I have great anxiety about it and have always gotten tired easily. It sounds nice to go on a trip and then I start thinking about flying and hotels and doing something every moment of every day. Yes it pisses me off I’ve made life so difficult in this regard but what am I gonna do? Make this ice cream perhaps.

  25. shashi @ runninsrilankan says:

    Wow – good golly – I could eat a pint of this even though am lactose intolerant! This looks incredible!!!

  26. I’m going to try this with New England Blueberries, unfortunately picking season is about 2 months away.

  27. YES! Traveling was SO much more enjoyable back in the day! Jet lag just kills it for me. I need days to catch up.
    Now, about this delicious, gorgeous ice cream staring at me… WOWZA!!

  28. The color! Oh the color! This is just gorgeous. And I can believe it is incredibly tasty! :-) Who wouldn’t love this!

  29. Seriously so stunning!

  30. I think I need to start satisfying my wonderlust now, when I have the energy. Funds can always be acquired later :) But really, our mind sometimes gets ahead of our body and its frustrating. I’m so glad you continue to travel though, its so fun to hear about.
    Simply gorgeous ice cream recipe. You never cease to amaze me with your incredible photography.

  31. I love ice cream beyond what is normal! At least now i can eat it in a healthier way.

  32. Oh gosh, I think I’m in love with your photography. Especially these dark ones with a blue hue are breathtaking.

  33. That might be the prettiest ice cream I have ever laid eyes on. Hope to see you at Eat,Write, Retreat.

  34. So many comments on how good it looks. I actually made it and it is so delish!!!!

    • Jennifer Farley says:

      Thank you! I’ve been at this for 5 years and I still get totally giddy when someone reports back to me that they made my food! Makes my day :)

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