I’ve been wanting to make homemade ice cream for a while – I think since last summer, and here we are right in the middle of February! Though I’m really not too proud of my procrastination tendencies, the nice thing about living in Arizona is that it was a HOT and SUNNY 88 blasted degrees this week, so ice cream felt like the right thing to do.
Now, I ADORE almost any kind of ice cream! If I had to pick, my very favorite store-bought flavor would have to be Tilamook’s Salted Caramel Hazelnut. Seriously, I love it so much that if I ever had a daughter I would name her Hazelnut.
Yeah. I love it that much. But this ice cream is definitely the best homemade I’ve ever made.
What’s lovely about this Homemade Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream?
- It has a bright and true raspberry flavor and such a pretty pink color, which comes only from finely crushed freeze dried raspberries. You can find them at Trader Joe’s (best price I found) or in the grocery store near the canned and dried fruit.
- Because you are making it yourself, you know all the ingredients going in and can even pronounce them!
- The “cheesecake” ribbon that runs through the raspberry ice cream is really just sweetened cream cheese and crushed graham crackers, so you don’t have to go to all the trouble of making an actual cheesecake and cutting it up into little pieces, but you still get that cheesecake flavor.
I loved the way this ice cream tasted in a good old fashioned sugar cone. Make sure you have some on hand when you make it. And don’t be a procrastinator like me and wait too long to make this. Seize the day, my friends. You’ll be so glad you did!
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For the Ice Cream
- 1.2 ounce package freeze dried raspberries
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
For the Cheesecake Ribbon
- 4 ounces (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
- In a blender*, crush raspberries finely. Add milk and sugar and blend on low speed until dissolved. Add heavy cream and blend once more until mixed well.
- Pour the raspberry and cream mixture into the ice cream maker according to directions. I let mine churn for about 25 minutes.
- While the ice cream is churning, add the cream cheese, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and heavy cream to a medium bowl and mix with electric mixer until smooth.
- When the ice cream has thickened, pour half into a loaf pan or other container. Spread half of the sweetened cream cheese mixture over the ice cream and sprinkle half of the graham cracker crumbs over the top. Add the other half of the ice cream, cream cheese, and graham cracker crumbs and swirl with a knife. Cover and freeze until firm.
*You can make this recipe without a blender if needed. Just crush the raspberries in a Ziploc bag with a heavy rolling pin or mallet. Use an electric mixer and a large bowl to mix the finely crushed raspberries, milk, sugar, and cream.