Blueberry Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Sauce #SundaySupper

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It’s been far, far too long since I have felt technologically suited for a Sunday Supper posting. Now that my computer is back, I am thrilled to be able to participate again!

This week’s challenge hosted by Stacy of Food Lust People Love and Tara of Noshing With the Nolands? Share recipes with ingredients that are hunted or foraged.

Now, I know, many of you won’t think of blueberries as being foraged. But, follow along …

Beautiful summer day. The Dear One and I are tired of being in the garden every day (and, trust me, the garden nightmare dream hadn’t yet begun).

Let’s do something fun, says I.

Hey, great idea, says the Dear One. I have just the thing. Blueberry picking!

Now, I’m not quite sure what sort of romantic notion I had in my head about blueberry picking, but, trust me, after this that notion was dispelled!

We get in the car and we drive. And drive. And drive. Long, winding rural (what is more rural than rural?) Maine roads. We’re either headed for something that will be a lot of fun … or he’s taking me out into the woods to kill me!

We turn off a main(ish) road and onto a dirt road. Now we’re going deeper and deeper into the woods. I realize I am a simple city girl, but even I know blueberries don’t grow in the woods! The theme from Deliverance is dancing through my head.

We pass a ramshackle house with at least a dozen kids outside and dogs and cats and cars in all array of decay. Thinking to myself, this isn’t going to end well for me! I had lines from Eddie Izzard and his wonderful bit about the Druids and Stonehenge running through my head, “I don’t even know where I live now!” The children asked if we needed blueberry rakes or boxes (ah, we’re in the right place) and to just keep going … and going … and the road is becoming more and more narrow … and going. And SUDDENLY this tiny narrow “road” opened up into acres upon acres of blueberry fields.

Blueberries

WOW!

Shirtless, shoeless, (dirty) bearded man ambles over to the car explaining where to pick and points further down the road.

Pull over, hop out of the truck (yes, I said truck), grab some buckets, the blueberry rake (of which we have just one) and take off.

Blueberry rake

For those of you that don’t know … and, really, unless you live in rural Maine or New Jersey, why would you know? .. this photo is of a blueberry rake. It looks like a dustpan with a comb attached to it. You bend over, scrape it through the low blueberry bushes and pull up. You pick dozens of blueberries at a time. It’s fantastic.

Drawback. We have one. Apparently, it’s one of those tools that fall under the ‘MAN’ category. Much too much for you to handle, little lady … HARRUMPH! I’ve decided to go with the Dear One being chivalrous. Yes, that must be it. I walked around taking pictures. Picking blueberries by hand. And just looking around.

I think it’s better to pick them by hand. A lot of them get smushed with the rake and a many more leaves and twigs end up in your buckets.

Now, a little blueberry trivia (bet you didn’t know there was such a thing) … those big fat blueberries you find in the supermarkets, mostly from New Jersey, are high bush blueberries. The tiny ones, often the ones you find frozen, referred to as wild blueberries, and mostly from Maine, are low bush blueberries. These were low bush blueberries.

Blueberry fieldThat’s the Dear One out in the middle of the field raking away. I believe I was sent back to the car to fetch water.

Completely exhausting, back breaking. Messy. You’re turning violet, Violet, colored fingers. Even with the down side, we now have 10 1-gallon freezer bags filled with wild blueberries in our freezer downstairs. There were more, but Smoothy Girl breaks into it, I’ve made this ice cream, muffins, drinks, etc.

Would I do this again? Oh, hells yeah!

This ice cream is great to make … NO EGGS. It’s very easy to put together. A little cooking of the blueberries, a bit of blitzing in the blender, mix, cool, voila! The color is fantastic. The taste amazing. Next time, at the suggestion of my pal Lisa, I may add some sort of crumble to the top before serving. I suppose making it a deconstructed blueberry pie! Even the picky people have been digging into it!

I do think the chocolate sauce is unnecessary, but it don’t hurt!

Try this with a scoop of blueberry ice cream, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, some of the chocolate sauce and frozen blueberries!

Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 C Maine wild blueberries (like Driscoll’s)
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces bar dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks (or 1/2 cup of mini semi-sweet morsels)

Dark Chocolate Sauce

  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 2/3 pounds (11 ounces) dark chocolate chips or bar chopped into small pieces
  • 2 1/2 T light corn syrup

Ice Cream

Mix blueberries, sugar, and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 20 minutes. Puree in a blender. Stir puree together with heavy cream, milk and lemon juice. Chill in refrigerator overnight. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Swirl in dark chocolate by pouring small chunks into machine during last 5 minutes of freezing.

Dark Chocolate Sauce

Bring cream to a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate and corn syrup. Let sit until chocolate melts, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. For warm ice cream topping, allow sauce to cool 10 minutes before serving. Otherwise, allow sauce to cool to room temperature.

 

Check out these recipes from this week’s Sunday Supper Movement … On the Hunt!

Spread it on Thick

Nibbles and Sides

The Main Event

Sweet Treats

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Warm Cinnamon-Spiced Blueberry Muffins

And here’s another I thought was in the Land of the Lost!

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ROAD TRIP!!

Nothing better than a ROAD TRIP with a dear friend!

Heading out of New York and up to Cape Cod. Yippeeee! 12 days of uninterupted peace and joy, good food, lots of laughs, and no work.

NOTE: I came back armed with many new blog posts, a few I’ve posted already, a few more to go, as I’ve been experimenting on my favorite (and most appreciative) ginny pig!

But wait! There has to be a downside, doesn’t there? Well, yes, actually, a downside. A 5 1/2 hour trip starting at 7:00 in the morning!

Food! We need food! No road trip is complete without good music, laughter, something to munch on. It has to be hand held, preferably sweet, and yummy.

I have a favorite blueberry cake from The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge – the warm cinnamon-spiced blueberry cake. Cake won’t work, especially for the driver. I wondered if these could be transformed into muffins. Muffins would be perfect for the ride.

Let’s see what happens ….

  • 1-1/3 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t table salt
  • 6 T butter, at room temperature
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 C sour cream

Topping:

  • 3/4 to 1 C blueberries (no more), rinsed and well dried
  • 3 T granulated sugar
  • 1 T all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon

Position an oven rack on the middle rung.  Heat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C).  Lightly grease and flour the bottom and sides of a standard muffin/cupcake tin – even if it’s non-stick.

NOTE: I used Baker’s Joy.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Whisk until well blended.

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat with an electric mixer (a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld mixer) on medium speed until well blended.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat just until blended.  Add the vanilla with the second egg.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in 3 batches alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin.  Bake for 10 minutes.

As soon as you put the tin in the oven, make the topping.  In a small bowl, combine the blueberries, sugar, flour, and cinnamon.  Mix the ingredients together with a fork, lightly crushing the blueberries.

Adding blueberries

After the cake has baked for 10 minutes, sprinkle the topping evenly over each of the muffins, about a tablespoon on each.

NOTE: They slip around and off a little bit. Do your best to get them to stay center-ish.

Continue baking until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, about 20 minutes longer.

Transfer the muffin tin to a rack to cool for 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the inside edge of each muffin to loosen them. Remove from tin.

Serve warm or at room temperature, or on 95 going 70.

Store cooled muffins in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Enjoying

NOTE: As muffins these worked out really well. The topping does better on the cake. The wide cake surface helps them sink a little bit into the cake. I need to put them on top soon before the muffins set too much. Next time, I’ll put the topping on sooner than 10 minutes, and hopefully that will help them sink and stay on the muffins better. All in all, though, the conversion from cake to muffins was great and these were yummmmmm.

Blythe Danner’s Blueberry Muffins

 

I love blueberries. I like them in everything and on anything. It makes me sad that blueberry season is so relatively short.

BLueberries freeze beautifully, so there are always bags of frozen blueberries in the freezer so I can have a little bit of blueberry sunshine all year ’round.

While thumbing through My Father’s Daughter – a surprisingly terrific cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow – I came across this recipe for Blyth Danner’s Blueberry Muffins. This had to be the first recipe I tried from this book!

I changed a few things in the recipe to make it my own.

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1/2 C whole milk
  • 2 C unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 C fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

 

NOTE: I added lemon zest in. I love the brightness it brings to everything and blueberries and lemons are natural partners in goodness!

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray well with cooking spray.

NOTE: I opted for the cooking spray. I hate the added hassle of trying to get the liners off!

In a large bowl whisk the cooled butter, eggs and milk until everything is incorporated. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt.

Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir everything together until the batter is smooth and creamy.

Fold in the blueberries.

Fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full, dividing the batter evenly amongst all 12 cups. Sprinkle the muffin tops with the remaining teaspoon of sugar. Bake them for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

NOTE: I used demerara sugar to sprinkle the top. I love the extra little crunch and sparkle it gives!

These were SO good and so quick to come together. They were light and fluffy and chock full of blueberries. The batter was thick enough that the blueberries did not sink to the bottom. This may need to become my go to blueberry muffin recipe!