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Anise Berry Ice Cream

Anise Berry Ice Cream is a favorite summertime treat. My ultra creamy blackberry ice cream has a surprise hint of anise flavor in the background to make the fresh berries pop!

Anise Berry Ice Cream

Over the years my family has progressed in our ice cream making endeavors. We started out having the kids shake the ice cream mixture by hand, double bagged with rock-salt. Moms with high energy kids–this is a great way to WEAR THEM OUT!

Then we moved to an old fashioned ice cream churner, that required piles of salt and ice, and was cranked by hand.

Next we tried an automatic ice cream maker with a freezer bowl and soft-serve dispenser. That turned out to be more of a gimmick than anything else.

Finally, we ended up with a standard electric ice cream machine with a freezer bowl and a strong motor.

Fresh Anise Berry Ice Cream

Once you start experimenting with homemade ice cream, you can’t stop. The texture and freshness of homemade ice cream simply can’t be beat.

Plus you have the ability to blend unique flavors you can’t find in the freezer aisle.

This summer, do yourself a favor and buy an ice cream machine. Your family will thank you!

Today I offer you fresh Anise Berry Ice Cream. This blackberry ice cream with a hint of anise is smooth and surprising, with a deep licorice note and tart berries speckled about.

Homemade Anise Berry Ice Cream

Most people say they either love or hate licorice flavor. I personally do not care for black licorice, but love licorice tea, shaved fennel salad, and countless other dishes seasoned with anise.

Even if you think you don’t like the licorice flavor associated with anise, I challenge you to try this Anise Berry Ice Cream. I served my berry ice cream with anise at a dinner party, to several hardcore licorice-haters, and they gobbled it down without an ounce of hesitation. In fact, a couple of them even asked for seconds!

The touch of anise extract in this berry ice cream provides an airy quality, and pushes the bright ripe blackberries to the forefront.

This, my friends, is the taste of summer. A truly magical combination!

Anise Berry Ice Cream

Yield: 12 half-cup servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes active time

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Blackberry Ice Cream with a a hint of Anise

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups half & half
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar + 2 Tb. divided
  • 2 egg yokes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh blackberries, chopped

Directions:

  1. Place a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the half & half, cream, egg yokes, 3/4 cup sugar and salt. Whisk well. Continue to whisk as the mixture warms and thickens. Bring to a low boil and remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the vanilla and anise extracts. Place the lid on the pot and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight. *If you're in a hurry, place in the freezer for 1 hour, but stir every twenty minutes. Don't forget about it!
  3. Chop the blackberries into small pieces. Toss with 2 tablespoons sugar. Turn on the ice cream machine. Place a sieve over the top to remove any egg clumps, and pour the ice cream mixture into the frozen ice cream bowl.
  4. Churn for 20+ minutes until thick like soft serve ice cream, then add the blackberries and juices. Churn another minutes or so, then scoop into an airtight container and freeze.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

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34 Responses to “Anise Berry Ice Cream”

  1. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted May 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

    This looks amazing! Just stumbled and pinned it!

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  2. Cassie (Bake Your Day)posted May 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

    This sounds perfect, and so unique. Bring on ice cream season!

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  3. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted May 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

    i really need to learn to make my own ice cream (and get an ice cream maker at that!). i love berry ice creams the best!

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  4. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted May 30, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Loving all these ice cream recipes!! I love a nice juicy ripe blackberry and have never tried blackberries (or anise) in ice cream. Sounds like a great flavor combo and just the right treat to cool you down on a hot day. I’ve been looking into getting an ice cream maker for a while, so I’m about to check yours out. :) Thanks!

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  5. katieposted May 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

    yum…. love making my own ice cream and this sounds divine! Your pictures are spectacular as always!

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  6. Jennifer | Mother Thymeposted May 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love this! I just picked up a pint of fresh blackberries at the market last night. My ice cream maker could use a little work out whipping this up! Great flavors with the anise.

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  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted May 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Looks wonderful! I love this recipe and nothing beats a bowl of ice cream in the summer! I want to buy an ice cream maker, do you have any recommedations? I saw a Cusinart, but I’m not sure. I need an ice cream maker and fast!!

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    • Sommer — May 30th, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

      Jennifer I use a Cuisinart and love it!

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  8. Heather @girlichefposted May 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of anise flavor (even black licorice) and I am completely enamored by the sound of this ice cream…such an amazing flavor combo!

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  9. Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted May 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I don’t like black licorice either, but I may have to give this a try!

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  10. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    If I read this earlier I might have been sad because thought not a hand crank, my only ice cream machine was one that still required salt and made a tiny amount. BUT…whoo hoo I was just out shopping and decided it was time to upgrade. I look forward to making sorbets too…but it’s the ice cream that it’s really for. I would not think of this flavor combo but I’ll trust your judgement cause I want to make a LOT of ice cream this summer. Bread one day. Ice cream the next!

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  11. Paula- bell'alimentoposted May 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I love Anise and I just so happen to have some in the pantry and blackberries coming in my CSA this week ; )

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  12. Lizposted May 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Oh, how wonderful!!! Blackberries make the most fabulous dessert and your lovely ice cream looks to be no exception. I love that you’ve added a touch of anise…mmmmmm.

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  13. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted May 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Deliciously good! Love this berry flavor …Now I wish it would be summer here in NZ :)

    Hugs <3

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  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    What a fabulous flavor combination! I love the idea of a hit of licorice flavor with the tart blackberries.

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  15. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted May 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Ice cream may just be my favorite part of summer. Delicious flavors and GORGEOUS bowls.

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  16. marlaposted May 31, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Such a beautiful ice cream Sommer!! I love blackberries :)

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  17. Jeanetteposted May 31, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Such an interesting combination – blackberries and anise – I bet it would make the berry flavor pop! Beautiful!!

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  18. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted May 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Love blackberries, but the jury is out on the anise. I’m not a fan of black licorice, but I’m always willing to try new flavor combinations!

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  19. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted May 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I hear you and I understand! Once you get the easy-peasy ice cream maker, it’s so hard to stop making creamy deliciousness. This is a lovely combination and when our blackberries are ripe, this recipe is what I’ll think about. Have a great day!

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  20. Carolyn Jungposted May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The anise is a surprising addition. Very Italian. ;)
    You’re right — homemade ice cream just can’t be beat, especially when it comes in such wonderful flavors as this one.

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  21. Carolynposted May 31, 2012 at 11:18 am

    What an interesting flavour combo, Sommer. Looks delicious, I do love both anise and blackberry.

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  22. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted May 31, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I bought some star anise awhile ago and have yet to use it! Looks like I may try this sometime soon!

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  23. Lana @ Never Enough Thymeposted May 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

    What a unique and interesting combination of flavors! I’m not a licorice fan, but a little subtle hint of anise I do enjoy. Putting this one on my to-try list.

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  24. Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)posted May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    awesome flavor combination! looks delicious!

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  25. Mei-i @ gastronomic nomadposted May 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    It’s funny that you say you hate licorice but love fennel/anise because I am exactly the same way. Hate Twizzlers or sambuca, but use my fennel seeds, pollen and fresh in any dish I can. Looking forward to breaking out my Kitchenaid ice cream attachment to try this!

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  26. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted May 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I hate black licorice, but I do like anise! Funny. This ice cream looks beautiful and tasty!

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  27. Jersey girl cooksposted May 31, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I love my ice cream maker. You reminded me that I must make ice cream soon. Love the blackberries in this!

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  28. Asmitaposted June 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    What a unique and fantastic combination of flavors. Love the green bowls you have used for the ice cream.

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  29. Amy (Savory Moments)posted June 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    What a lovely flavor combination with the anise. This looks very good and perfect for summer.

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  30. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted June 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    You’re killing it with awesome flavor combos. This ice cream sounds divine! I can’t wait for my blackberry bush to fruit so I can try this!

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  31. Renee @ Tortillas and Honeyposted June 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Blackberries, anise, and ice cream! I am very intrigued by this recipe! I love all three, so I would love this ice cream!

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  32. Valérie ( France )posted June 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Elle me plait terriblement cette crème glacée
    Bonne soirée
    Valérie

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  33. Kandaceposted February 26, 2014 at 10:13 am

    My husband isn’t a big fan of seeds. If I pureed the berries, put them through a sieve and added them to the ice cream mixture, would this work? Thanks!

    Reply

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