Tuesday, August 12, 2008

TWD- Blueberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream

I'm becoming a kitchen appliance fanatic. I've always loved them, but now, more than ever, I find myself wandering the home section of Macy's or TJ Maxx and envisioning how pretty some of these things would look on my counter, and how delicious their products would be. So, I've been interested in a fancy little ice cream maker for a while and thought this week's Tuesdays with Dorie was the perfect excuse. Try as I might, though, I couldn't find a good deal on the little Cuisinart of KitchenAid attachment. I decided to check Craigslist and found the brand new Cuisinart for $15, sealed in the box. I called the guy and happily picked it up, eager to try the new recipe.

Things seemed to be going my way. I had exactly one cup of fresh blueberries in the fridge. It looked beautiful, but a little dry, in the sauce pan, and I quickly looked at the book and realized I'd forgotten the JUICE of the lemon!

I added in the juice and got to work on my blueberry, sugar, and lemon compote. It was so pretty and then suddenly...

The blueberries burst and turned purple! It boiled and smelled delicious.

I poured it into the blender, pureed, and I'll admit I snitched a little spoonful. Yum.

Next, I added the cream and sour cream and blended. It got the okay for sweetness from my Dad, who is the blueberry king, so I put it into the fridge to cool.

After it was chilled, I ran and picked up the ice cream maker from the nice guy a few miles over. Totally brand new and so cheap. That makes me happy. I washed it, threw the bowl in the freezer, waited about two hours, poured the ice cream puree into the bowl, and started the mixing. I know some of you are thinking, "Two hours? Mine takes longer than that. I wonder if her cool cheapo Craigslist ice cream maker has super powers or something..." No, it doesn't, as you can see from the rest of the pictures.

After it thickened a little, I added some chopped white chocolate chips for a little added flavor. And then, it never thickened any more. In my haste I neglected to follow the directions to freeze the bowl overnight. So, I tried to compensate by following some of the ice cream without an ice cream maker directions. It never thickened completely but was good to go, if not totally photogenic, by the end of the night.

I served up a dish for my dad, complete with freezer burned blueberries (I used all the fresh earlier) and he took two bites and told me in his nicest voice that he was full. Well, he never says anything bad about my cooking and he always loves ice cream, so I told him to tell me what he thought and my feelings wouldn't be hurt. He said it was WAY too sour (and I secretly agreed!). Then, my husband came and poked his nose in the kitchen, grabbed a spoon and made a crazy face letting me know he thought the same thing.

So there you have it. This was a ton of fun to make and a great excuse to get a cute little rock-salt-free ice cream maker (the old one is going to Goodwill once it comes out of storage!) Despite it's beautiful color and great ingredients, this just wasn't a hit at my house, even for the blueberry lovers. I'll try the technique again, though, and loved making it. I'll admit, too, that not liking a Dorie recipe is not such a bad thing for my skinny-jeans goal. LOL. Thanks, Dolores, for choosing a fun recipe. I can't wait to plow through the rest of the ice cream recipes in Dorie's book, since we have enough Arizona summer left to get through them!

31 comments:

Natashya said...

I am sorry you guys didn't care for this recipe. Congrats on the new toy though. I am an appliance collecter as well.
Treat yourself to David Lebovitz's book to go with the ice cream maker.
Cheers

The DeL Sisters said...

SORRY THAT YOU DID NOT LIKE IT. YOUR STEP BY STEP PICTURES ARE GREAT! AND THE COLOR REALLY COMES OUT!

Pamela said...

I'm sorry the ice cream wasn't enjoyable for you or your dad. That stinks! On the bright side...you got an AWESOME deal on that ice cream maker! I know you will be putting it to good use.

Teanna said...

I'm sorry you didn't like it! It seemed like it was going so well!

Di said...

What an awesome deal you got on the ice cream maker! I'm jealous. =) In my final version of this one I used more sugar and less sour cream, which worked well. Have fun playing!

Mary Ann said...

Anne- so sorry that you didn't love it! It still looks lovely and I want to know how it goes trying all the other ice cream recipes!

Jenny said...

Oh my! This seriously looks incredible! It may not taste good, but boy does it look pretty!

Christine said...

I was giving two thumbs up on this recipe and then it got nixed. You got an amazing deal on the ice cream maker!

rainbowbrown said...

Awesome find! Isn't Craiglist just it? Too bad it wasn't a big hit, but I'm sure we'll do more with blueberries sometime!

1freshstart said...

Haha. I made Prudy's raspberry sorbet a few weekends ago and it is TART, but in a good way. I feel your pain. Maybe drizzle a little melted down dark chocolate over the top, it may cut the sweetness? Mm... blueberries and chocolate. Great deal on the maker... that's the same one I have- and it's great.
~The Cat's Pajamas

CB said...

I am so jealous of your CL deal! Awesome find. Bummer you weren't a fan of the ice cream but maybe try different flavor combos. I made strawberry+lemon and it was FABULOUS!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

April said...

What a great score on the ice cream maker. Sorry it wasn't a huge hit at your house but it sounds like it was fun to make. This is my favorite ice cream recipe so far (not very good for skinny jeans though!) http://chocolateandzucchini.com
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Tara said...

I think I'd like it more without the sour cream. I added some chocolate chips to mine, which helped a bit...almonds were a good idea!

Dolores said...

I'm sorry that the recipe didn't work better for you, but I'm glad you got an excuse to shop, and that the skinny jeans still fit. :)

n.o.e said...

Great saga, Anne! I love blueberries but not sour cream. When I make it (I did a rewind because of a lost ice cream maker!) I'll probably substitute Greek yogurt or something.

Nancy
The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

Prudy said...

Oh, sorry it wasn't sweet enough. I upped the sugar quite a bit since I always taste as I go. Your pics look beautiful and if I would have had some blueberries I would have done it with white chocolate like you. I'm glad you survived girl's camp.:)

lusciousfood.com said...

I agree about it being a great technique; I feel the same way, and will be trying it again with peaches or strawberries. And you know, things happen. Last week was my first TWD, and I forgot the baking powder. Crikey.

Kayte said...

Great price for your ice cream maker...I have that one and we just love it. It has made a lot of ice cream! Your little additions were so cute...I will try those next time as they looked like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your ideas!
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Erin said...

Sorry you didn't love it, but it looks great with the white chocolate in it!

Susie Homemaker said...

I didn't love it either - but white chocolate in it? wow - great idea!

Jess said...

Kudos on your big Craiglist bargain...my freezer bowl takes up prime real estate in my freezer, but you never know when you'll want to make ice cream. I bet you'll make many more ice creams that you'll like better.

Engineer Baker said...

I collect baking pans now. Bad, bad addiction to have. Too bad you weren't a fan of the sourness.

Brooke said...

I loved your step by step photos. It all looked great.

Roni said...

I love all the instructional pictures you post! Sorry this recipe wasn't a hit.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Ooh, smart for checking Craigslist. I've got to get into that habit. ;)

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

What a bummer it wasn't to your taste, but at least you had a good time and it was an excellent excuse to pick up a new ice cream maker, YEA!

Sharon said...

Awwh, too bad you didn't like it. I loved it after it churned to a soft serve. I am hoping I will still love it after it freezes.

Mara said...

ha ha i hear ya on the skinny jeans, TWD and my caking is murder on the thighs hehee. love that you got a new cuisinart for $15. i need me one of those cuz mine is MIA!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I cut down the sour cream which helped, I think. I will say that the chocolate sorbet is worth refreezing the ice cream maker. Better luck next time.

Nickki said...

That's a real shame it didn't go down well. What a bargain you got with that ice cream maker though! If I found one at that price I'd be snapping it up too :)

I'm now off to have a look at your oreo brownies, my son is begging me to make them :)

Cynthia said...

Nice photos. I added milk chocolate.