Raspberry Ice Cream Recipe

by Amber Strocel*

I love ice cream.

Actually, I love food in general, but ice cream really stands out for me. If I didn’t have to be a good example for my children, I would eat several bowls a day.

I also love to eat fresh, local food. Eating local is both environmentally friendly and delicious – as anyone who’s ever had a garden knows, fresh food tastes better.

Between my love of ice cream and my love of local food, you can imagine my joy when a friend who was moving across the country passed along her ice cream maker. For the past few months I have been making my own ice cream. And now that summer is here and my farmer’s market is bursting with all sorts of local fruit, I have been using that fruit in my ice cream.

Raspberries have always been one of the best parts of summer for me. Some of my earliest memories are of picking and eating ripe raspberries in my grandmother’s garden.

When I bought my own house, raspberries were one of the first things I planted in the garden. Here in the Pacific Northwest the raspberries are ripe right now, so I decided to create my own recipe for red raspberry ice cream. Why should strawberries have all the ice-creamy fun?

Amber’s Red Raspberry Ice Cream

3 cups fresh raspberries, washed
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine 1 cup of the sugar with the raspberries, and mash well. Set aside.

Combine the remaining sugar with the milk, and beat well using a mixer or by hand for a few minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. If the sugar isn’t well-dissolved, you can end up with gritty ice cream, and no one wants that.

Add the cream, vanilla and mashed raspberry mixture to the milk and sugar, and stir to combine.

Prepare the ice cream based on the instructions that came with your ice cream maker. I have an electric ice cream maker with a freezer bowl, and it took about 27 minutes to reach the desired consistency for me.

Remove from the ice cream maker, and enjoy! You can freeze any leftovers to eat later.

Yield: Approximately 2 quarts

I do feel compelled to warn you of one thing. If you make this ice cream and feed it to your 2-year-old, for heaven’s sake make sure he’s not wearing a white T-shirt. Learn from my mistake!

Have you ever made your own ice cream? How did it go? And tell me – what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing Editor, Amber Strocel. Check out her blog, Strocel.com.

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Amber is a crunchy granola mom of two, a suburban superstar and an incorrigible dreamer. She spends her days trying to organize chaos, and eating chocolate on the sly. You can read about her daily adventures on her blog at Strocel.com or check out her quest to help other moms live with intention at Crafting my Life.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allison July 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm

This combines two of my most favorite things in life. Raspberries and ice cream. Add some chocolate on top and I’m in heaven.


2 Janice July 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I know – I LOVE raspberries and ice cream too!


3 Amber Strocel July 21, 2010 at 2:07 am

They really are awesome together.

And I think that some chocolate sauce on top would be TOTALLY appropriate.


4 Jen July 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

The summer of 2007 was nicknamed “the summer of ice cream” at our house. We made homemade ice cream all summer and loved it. Our 2 favorites were strawberry banana ad orange cream. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!


5 Janice July 20, 2010 at 11:00 pm

That is funny! How about 2010?


6 Amber Strocel July 21, 2010 at 2:08 am

Orange ice cream? That sounds REALLY good!


7 Megan July 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I LOVE raspberries & will need to try this soon!


8 Amber Strocel July 21, 2010 at 2:09 am

Good luck – let me know how it goes!


9 Susan July 21, 2010 at 1:44 am

Oh my goodness, those photos are so delicious I want to eat my computer screen.

Please invite me over for ice cream!!! Pretty please… LOL


10 Amber Strocel July 21, 2010 at 2:08 am

We should totally have a playdate. With or without the kids. ;)


11 Linda Kish July 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

I don’t have an ice cream maker but this looks wonderful


12 Amber Strocel July 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I’ve heard of people making ice cream without an ice cream maker, but I don’t really know how well it works. Luckily you don’t need a machine to get ice cream, though. I am so glad that I live in the day and age where grocery stores have freezer aisles!


13 mitzimi July 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

Fresh raspberry ice cream – pretty close to Heaven! And your photographs make me want some right now, this very minute …

If anyone is tempted to try this recipe but lacks an ice cream maker, you might find helpful this article on how to choose the best ice cream maker for you.


14 Kay M. July 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm

We love homemade peach ice cream, but our favorites are different in store bought ice cream.
I would think peroxide would get that raspberry stain out.


15 Maggie May 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

great recipe I live in Costa Rica so i changed the rasberries for moras (sour rasberries) and it was de-lish!!


16 Kaity January 1, 2013 at 5:50 am

Hi, just wondering if you removed the seeds?


17 sarah January 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi, I just finished making this icecream it is amazing i don’t think there will be any leftover for anyone eles! thanks for the recipie, i added a few blueberries because i didnt have enough rasberries and it tates amazing! thanks again :)


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