Creamy Raspberry Ice Cream

As you might have heard, the weather in Britain has brightened up in rather balmy fashion. I’m sure that in the last week we have experienced our hottest weather of the year, though that isn’t saying very much at all. Such delightful weather declared unequivocally that I must make my first ever attempt at homemade ice cream. So, after procuring a relatively aged ice cream maker (one that works surprisingly well), I set about simultaneously using up our left over raspberries and cooling myself down.

In truth, the ice cream the rickety old machine produced was rather impressive; it was both creamy and very flavoursome. Though, if one wants a little more kick to the raspberry flavouring it may be a good idea to add another 100g of fruit to the mix. Indeed, my aim was to achieve a fairly subtle raspberry flavour and using 300g of fruit accomplishes this just perfectly. The varied world of ice cream making is beckoning and this potential ‘Glacier’ (a chef who prepares frozen desserts) will find it ever so hard to resist its siren song.

Clearly, this recipe would also work for most berries, since all that really changes is their colour and flavour – not their texture. Having said that, strawberries tend to contain a little more water, which means that they may need to be experimented with. Another idea for variation within this recipe is making the classic raspberry ripple ice cream – one may be able to produce such an effect by adding the juiced fruit half way through the machine’s cycle.

As you can see, this recipe falls within the realms of those that are unhealthy. Indeed, the amount of double cream required may put a number of you off. However, it is true that everything is fine if consumed in moderation. Still, my next ice cream recipe will cater for the health-conscious among you; perhaps a lemon sorbet may prove a frightfully good idea.

Creamy Raspberry Ice Cream

Makes roughly 600ml


• 150ml whole milk

• 90g sugar

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• 300ml double cream

• 3 egg yolks

• 300g raspberries


1. Heat together the sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan until all has dissolved. Set aside. Whisk the eggs and add a little of the milk mixture to them. Stir before adding once more to the saucepan and the rest of the milk. Cook gently to make a thin custard; it should coat the back of a metal spoon. Suspend the double cream in a bowl over an ice bath and whisk in the custard. Refrigerate overnight or until ice cold.

2. To make the raspberry juice, or coulis, simply blend them in a food processor and then pass them through a sieve – retrieve as much juice as possible. Add this to the chilled custard.

3. Prepare and follow the instructions accompanying your ice cream machine – it should take around 30 minutes to freeze. It will keep for 2-3 weeks.

Cost: Good quality ice cream has, in recent years, become somewhat costly – tubs containing this quantity of ice cream can sell for as much as £5-6. Happily, this means that being economical in making a decent ice cream is rather simple. You see, though this recipe isn’t particularly careful, one could still feasibly make it for roughly £3.30 – nearly half the price.

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87 comments on “Creamy Raspberry Ice Cream

  1. cookinginsens
    July 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Looks good and rich.

  2. Jill
    July 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Look delicious! Eating in moderation is definitely key, although that’s not always easy.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      It really isn’t easy… it really isn’t.

  3. Gretchen without Grain
    July 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful, and raspberries are a wonderful flavor choice! To make this suit my way of eating, I would just replace the sugar with a sweetener like erythritol, but the cream is fine in a low-carb, grain-free diet. Well-done, especially for your first go at making an ice cream!!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks! We had so many to use… give it a go!

  4. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    July 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Delicious 🙂

  5. Margarita
    July 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    A lemon sorbet alongside the raspberry ice cream sounds sublime! 🙂

  6. Sibella at
    July 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    That is a pretty awesome looking ice cream! 🙂

  7. Juls
    July 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I had to give my ice cream maker to my mother because, like you say, it becomes a siren song and I’m slightly rubbish with moderation! I don’t know about you but whenever I get a new gadget I go mad trying to see how much stuff I can make in it – wisely or otherwise. When I obtained a stovetop smoker I smoked everything from tomatoes to wotsits (the tomatoes were lovely – the wotsits not so much…). I look forward to seeing what creations you come up with! It may very well end up inspiring me to beg my mother to return my machine!

    Are these raspberries you grew? I know you seem to have a lot you pick from your own garden and I was curious about how extensive your gardening is!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Haha – I’m bad with moderation too. I’ll be doing some more stuff very soon! Smoked wotsits sound gross, why did you even try that? We used to have raspberry brambles, but we got rid of them ages so so sadly we did not :(. They were British though.

  8. Chica Andaluza
    July 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful – I had my first English raspberries last night and they were perfect!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      We have such a good climate for growing certain types of fruit!

  9. roxyboots
    July 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    That’s it. I NEED and ice cream maker. Matter of life or death.

  10. trialsinfood
    July 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    looks delicious!

  11. glutenfreehappytummy
    July 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    wow 2 scoops please! yum!

  12. Somer
    July 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I really need an ice cream maker! Gorgeous Frugs!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Somer! You totally do. Sorbet in the next couple of days 😀

      • Somer
        August 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        Yum!!! I can pick up one at good will for $10 bucks or so, it’s high time!

        • frugalfeeding
          August 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

          That’s so cheap!

          • Somer
            August 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

            For reals. Don’t know why I’ve waited so long. I have 8 kilos of mangoes coming in my next CSA begging to be made into sorbet. Lots and lots of it!

          • frugalfeeding
            August 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

            Tut tut! There you go… I expect to see it soon!

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  13. kris
    July 31, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Goodness that looks yummy

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    July 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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  15. spree
    July 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Raspberries (do you say the word like my mother does? roz-breeze?) 🙂 However you say them, I love them, and their flavor in full cream ice-cream is barely this side of paradise. (Beautiful color & pics btw.) (And So happy to hear your weather is finally being kind to you all! You’ve waited long and patiently for it!)

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      I’m afraid not, but I know some that do :D. Sadly, the weather has now reverted… Thanks, Spree.

  16. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    July 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    So pretty! It’s gone a gorgeous pink colour – now you’ve got the icecream maker, the world is your oyster.. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Celia! I know, I’m going to get fat 🙂

  17. peasepudding
    July 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I noticed on at the Olympics on tele people were wearing tshirts and i was quite surprised! Enjoy the sunshine and your yummy looking ice cream.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Haha – the weather has reverted slightly now and balance has been resumed.

  18. egg me on
    July 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Homemade ice cream! You know I love it. What a gorgeous color.

  19. Shira
    July 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Tgis looks so beautful Nick, really! If I was ever inspired to try homemade ice cream it’s today. Gorgeous my friend!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Shira! I hope you do try it in one form or another.

  20. thefreakartist
    July 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    that looks yum!

  21. Britt @ TheVeggieVore
    July 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I made ice cream today. I just don’t seem to tire of it in the summer. The color you got out of those raspberries is divine!

  22. Bluejellybeans
    August 1, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Ohh, I need an ice cream machine!!!

  23. musingmar
    August 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Oh my, that looks luscious! Fruit and ice cream is a match made in heaven. Positively *Olympian*!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks. Yes, I like to think I’d contest in the food blogger Olympics – haha.

  24. RecipeAdaptors
    August 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Typically the weather picked up in the last week of our stay *sigh*. Now we are back in Perth and it’s raining (but then it is winter)!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Oh such a shame. It’s allowed to rain in winter 😀

  25. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    August 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Lovely pink ice cream.. and I love the pretty, shiny tin you’ve put it in! Yes.. you are a Glacier, indeed!!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Why, thankyou. I have another tin for my next lot of ice cream (or sorbet).

  26. theglobalgarnishgeek
    August 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve stopped making ice cream — so much work. But your photos may have changed my mind….

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I’m glad – it wasn’t that much work really.

  27. onceuponarecipe
    August 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Love that loaf pan presentation! 😉 The ice cream looks fabulous too, of course.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks. I was happy with it 😀 Very happy with it 😀

  28. Shari
    August 2, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Absolutely stunning! Now I’m craving icecream. I might have to pull out my icecream maker and make this!

    Also, I love your spatula! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks! I love my spatula too, the best buy I’ve ever made 😀

  29. Leah
    August 2, 2012 at 3:09 am

    gorgeous! i love a creamy fruit ice cream!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks! There isn’t anything better to have for dessert 🙂

  30. Korena in the Kitchen
    August 2, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I had some raspberry yogurt soft serve ice cream today, which prompted me to say to my boyfriend about an hour ago, “I want an ice cream machine.” And then I read this. Uncanny.

    • Korena in the Kitchen
      August 2, 2012 at 6:21 am

      (Also, I’ve never found any amount of double cream to be off-putting, especially when it comes to ice cream.)

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Haha, that’s weird. I’ll be doing some frozen yoghurt soon 😀

  31. Clarisse Shaina
    August 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm


  32. lapetitebaker
    August 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    This looks so decadent! More cream the better, as I like to say.

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I agree – though I’m trying to be a little healthy at the moment 😀

  33. Mama's Gotta Bake
    August 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    What a perfect treat for a hot Southern California afternoon!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Well, I wouldn’t know anything about hot Southern California afternoons, but I can imagine that it might be perfect 😀

  34. christinajane
    August 3, 2012 at 1:49 am

    The best part is that you froze it in a loaf tin. I agonize between ‘how to make it look awesome for a photo shoot’ and ‘how to prevent freezer burn’. I am going to make icecream and put it in a loaf tin. You just wait.
    P.S. A plus about now living in North America – cream is available EVERYWHERE, even way up here. It’s like a staple ingredient.. Bring on more icecream recipes before winter jumps upon us – dare I say it – too soon (in case you haven’t gathered we are far too excited for winter in the Arctic).

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      It seems to be fine in the freezer thus far. Cream is available everywhere here too :D, some of the best cream in the world comes from Britain :D. I will be bringing more, not to worry.

  35. cityhippyfarmgirl
    August 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

    the old ice cream maker is one of those I have never got round to buying. I need a friend to buy one, so I can borrow it all the time.
    Then I can make this 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      August 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Haha, they’re relatively cheap – definitely worth the investment!

  36. cookingandcats
    August 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! I’m pretty sure we were given an ice cream maker years ago for Christmas (Dad used it once to produce an abysmal cookie dough ice cream), but maybe I’ll dig it out again 🙂

  37. deandraayu
    August 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I always feel making your own ice cream rather than buying one is so much rewarding! Love the gorgeous pink hue from the raspberry 🙂

  38. magefesausa
    August 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    What a bright colour has the raspberry juice! It looks amazing!

  39. allythebell
    August 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Just a tip for next time: you can do strawberries easily without worrying about the amount if you stew them a bit beforehand. Then some of the water gets evaporated and you don’t have to worry about pureeing it. Plus then you get lovely chunks of soft strawberries in your ice cream!

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