As some of you may already know, three weeks ago I gave birth to my third baby! This explains why I've been M.I.A, in case you were wondering! But in the weeks right before I gave birth, I became really obsessed with Oreo cookies. Especially in ice cream. Maybe it was because I was very pregnant! Or maybe it's just because I love Oreo cookies. In any case, I made lots and lots of coffee oreo ice cream, as well as mint oreo ice cream. (Those are my two current favorites!)
But after making multiple batches of each, I wanted to try something new. So I started flipping through my copy of Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, Bi-Rite Creamery's ice cream book (which was given to me by my good friend - thanks, Diana!). And that's when a recipe for blackberry ice cream caught my eye. Now, I've made Blackberry Frozen Yogurt before, but for some reason I have yet to make it in ice cream form. So I decided to try it out - with a twist. I've heard of blackberry chip ice cream before, basically blackberry ice cream with chocolate chips or chunks in it, so why not try it with Oreo cookies instead?
I started by cooking my blackberries with sugar on the stove for about 10 minutes, until the berries broke apart and the resulting fruity syrup had reduced. Then I pureed it and strained it, and then made my ice cream base (the usual egg yolks, sugar, heavy cream, and milk, cooked on the stove to form a custard). Once that was ready, I combined the custard base with the pureed blackberries, and let it cool in the fridge overnight.
The next day, I was ready to churn my ice cream! I added my chopped Oreo cookies during the last 5 minutes of churning, and then I let it set in the freezer overnight. And then it was time to taste it! The blackberry ice cream was smooth, creamy, and tart. At first I wasn't sure if the Oreo cookies went well with the blackberry. And then I decided, yes, Oreo cookies go well with everything! Or maybe that was just my pregnancy taste buds talking!
And now for a few pictures of the newest addition to our family, baby Micah! He joins his siblings Matthew and Melodie, and together they are now referred to as The Three Musketeers :)