Blackberry Ice Cream with Anise
Blackberry Ice Cream with Anise is a favorite summertime combination. This ultra creamy blackberry ice cream has a surprise hint of anise flavor in the background to make the fresh berries pop!
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 settled on a standard electric ice cream machine with a freezer bowl and a strong motor.
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 Blackberry Ice Cream with Anise.
This blackberry ice cream recipe with a hint of anise is smooth and surprising. It offers a deep licorice note and tart berries speckled throughout.
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 flavor.
Even if you think you don’t like the licorice flavor associated with anise, I challenge you to try this Blackberry Ice Cream with Anise.
I served my Blackberry Ice Cream with Anise at dinner party recently, 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!
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Blackberry Ice Cream with Anise
- 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cups sugar + 2 tablespoons divided
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon anise extract
- Pinch salt
- 1 1/4 cup fresh blackberries, chopped
- Place a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the half-and-half, cream, egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar and salt. Whisk well. Continue to whisk as the mixture warms and thickens. Bring to a low boil, then remove from heat.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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Oh My Goodness! This sounds wonderful! I really need to get an ice cream maker. I hope to make this one day.
Thank you for the recipe!
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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!
Elle me plait terriblement cette crème glacée
Blackberries, anise, and ice cream! I am very intrigued by this recipe! I love all three, so I would love this ice cream!
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!
What a lovely flavor combination with the anise. This looks very good and perfect for summer.
What a unique and fantastic combination of flavors. Love the green bowls you have used for the ice cream.
I love my ice cream maker. You reminded me that I must make ice cream soon. Love the blackberries in this!
I hate black licorice, but I do like anise! Funny. This ice cream looks beautiful and tasty!
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!
awesome flavor combination! looks delicious!
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.
I bought some star anise awhile ago and have yet to use it! Looks like I may try this sometime soon!
What an interesting flavour combo, Sommer. Looks delicious, I do love both anise and blackberry.
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.
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!
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!
Such a beautiful ice cream Sommer!! I love blackberries :)
Such an interesting combination – blackberries and anise – I bet it would make the berry flavor pop! Beautiful!!
Ice cream may just be my favorite part of summer. Delicious flavors and GORGEOUS bowls.
What a fabulous flavor combination! I love the idea of a hit of licorice flavor with the tart blackberries.
Deliciously good! Love this berry flavor …Now I wish it would be summer here in NZ :)
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.
I love Anise and I just so happen to have some in the pantry and blackberries coming in my CSA this week ; )
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!
I don’t like black licorice either, but I may have to give this a try!
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!
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!!
Jennifer I use a Cuisinart and love it!
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.
yum…. love making my own ice cream and this sounds divine! Your pictures are spectacular as always!
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!
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!
This sounds perfect, and so unique. Bring on ice cream season!
This looks amazing! Just stumbled and pinned it!