Tasty Triple Berry Ice Cream
Nothing says summer like enjoying this season’s fantastic, sweet and juicy fruit. While they’re ripe for the pickin’, give strawberries, blueberries and raspberries the spotlight in this delicious recipe, sure to hit the sweet spot at your summer get-togethers.
While traditionally the season is very short, there’s good news for berry lovers! Careful clonal selection has allowed local farmers to extend their growing season with plants that produce for longer periods of time. Check out the Ontario Berry Grower’s Association for information on the availability of Ontario berries as well as how to find pick-your-own farms and farm markets in your area.
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream
3 large egg yolks
½ cup (125 mL) sugar
1 cup (250 mL) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1 cup (250 mL) fresh blueberries
1 cup (250 mL) fresh raspberries
¼ cup (60 mL) sugar
In a heavy saucepan, add the milk and half of the cream. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and remaining cream in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Remove the milk from the heat and gradually whisk half of the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the remaining hot milk while whisking. Cook over medium-low heat to make a custard, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, put all of the berries and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the berry purée to the custard and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming and refrigerate until completely cooled, about an hour. Pour the berry custard into an ice cream machine and make according to manufacturer’s instructions. Makes about 1 quart.
Meet an Ontario Berry Grower
The Heeman Strawberry Farm, near London, has been growing strawberries for 49 years. Florence Heeman has watched her children and the children of their customers grow with the farm. “A lot of our customers have become like family,” she said. “We have third generation buyers coming in, and that’s such a treat. But it really makes our day to hear new youngsters try their first farm-ripe strawberry and say, ‘Mommy! I’ve never tasted one so good before!’” The farm has also benefitted from using social media to inform customers how crops are progressing.