TCP Cooks: Raspberry Ice Cream

TCP's homemade raspberry ice cream

Those of you who visit this blog regularly know that The Complete Package, my beloved husband, loves to make ice cream. He has ever since he brought Christine home. Using a knock-off recipe for Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream Base, he has experimented with many flavor combinations. Some were treasures (coffee, maraschino cherry & pecan, peanut butter) and some were just plain good (coconut, peppermint brownie chunk). This weekend, while I was visiting the kids in Austin, TCP tried a new one – raspberry. It’ not just good, it’s fabulous. Like seriously wonderful. Last night, he kicked it up a notch and made me a raspberry milkshake. While I watched The Bachelor. And it was life altering. Here’s how he did it.

The Complete Package’s Raspberry Ice Cream:

For the raspberry puree:
2 cartons of fresh raspberries (6 ozs. each)
3/4 cup sugar

Combine raspberries and sugar in a saucepan; add just enough water to cover the berries and whisk with an immersion blender. Bring to a rolling boil so sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Strain to remove the seeds, and set it aside to cool down to room temperature.

For the ice cream custard:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
raspberry puree (from above)

Whisk the eggs in a bowl until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Whisk in the sugar a little at a time until completely blended, then beat one minute more. Add the cream and milk and whisk until thoroughly combined. Add in the salt, vanilla extract, and cooled raspberry puree; whisk until smooth. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze. (Note: you may have to divide the mixture in half and run as two batches depending on the size of your ice cream maker.)

Makes approximately 1 quart. Or 8 bowls. Or 10 milkshakes. Or 1 really colossal ice cream binge (including freezy headache). Consider yourself warned.

PS – Yes, I posted two ice cream stories in a row. For that, I sincerely apologize. To make up for it, I’ll be posting a soup recipe later in the week. It’s delicious and healthy, so thanks in advance for forgiving me.



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12 responses to “TCP Cooks: Raspberry Ice Cream

  1. Throw some of those ATK brownies into TCP’s maraschino cherry/pecan ice cream, and I might just faint! And Sister! I have a new level of respect for you if you can ration a quart of ice cream into 8 bowls! You have infinitely more will power than I.

    • Well, it’s just the 2 of us and we ARE getting older. Except for the raspberry milkshakes, we try to limit our ice cream consumption to one scoop. And not the big honkin’ scoop I found last year at an antique shop (dang it). Just a regular old ice cream scoop. And thanks for corrupting my brain. Now I’m going to start craving gooey brownies in cherry pecan ice cream. You know how I love the cherries.

      So she turns to TCP and yells, ‘Hey, honey! Get Christine outta the pantry! I got another project for you!’

  2. Nothing wrong with posting 2 ice cream recipes in a row. =)

  3. Craftiest #4

    So…. Will TCP be stock pileing ice cream for us to have during Hoegarden? Margarita, chocolate chili, queso fresca, Mexican wedding cookies… the combinations! I’m having visions of the “Matterhorn” all over again! Mmmmmmmmm

    • Hmmm… interesting concepts. Hadn’t thought about making Mexican flavors to go with our Hoegarden theme this year. A fresh lime sorbet with tequila poured over the top could be muy bueno. Pina colada ice cream could work, too. Homemade coffee ice cream over Mexican chocolate brownies with Kahlua? Heck yes! Thanks for the ideas! I’ll get on that. Or rather, I’ll have TCP get on that!

  4. Big Sis

    Can you pack it on dry ice and ship it? Having the tosils taken out next week…hint, hint. jk

    • Don’t think that’s going to work, Sis. Good luck with the tonsillectomy, though. If I were there, I’d share the tortellini soup I’m making for dinner tonight. Strained, or course. Hope all goes well. I’ll be thinking about you!

  5. Kat

    I’m afraid to type the words out, lest we tear a hole in the space-time continuum. But.


    What if TCP threw some dark chocolate chunks in there?

    I’m not saying, but I’m just saying.

    • He said the very same thing, Kat. I swear he did. I said I’m not a big fan of the chocolate/raspberry combo. Looks like the vote just swung 2 to 1. Guess we’ll have to try it! We still have some of the ice cream left, and I keep a metric ton of dark chocolate in the house. Convenient, yes?

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