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Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream

by in Jun 2004
Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream
3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (94% score)
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Total Time: 40

Yield: about 5 cups

Our readers say it best: “This recipe makes the most unique-tasting and refreshing blueberry ice cream you’ve ever had. A wonderful treat!”

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blueberry ice cream


  • 2-1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt


In a skillet over medium heat, cook blueberries with lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium-size saucepan, bring cream and lemon zest to a simmer; then remove from heat. Meanwhile, beat egg yolks with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Pour 1/2 cup hot cream into egg mixture, whisking as you go; then transfer it all back into pot to create a loose custard. Stir in half of blueberries. Heat custard over medium heat, stirring continuously, until it reaches 175° on an instant-read thermometer (this is the point at which it will thicken noticeably).
Remove from heat, stir in sour cream and salt, and pour through a strainer into a bowl, mashing blueberries with back of spoon to release juices. Chill in refrigerator until very cold, 6—12 hours. For faster results, stir over a bowl of ice, but let custard sit several hours for the best texture.
Once mixture is chilled, it should register between 35° and 40° on an instant-read thermometer. Pour into ice cream maker, leaving 1 inch at top to allow for expansion; prepare according to freezer instructions.
Add remaining berries during final 5 minutes of chilling. For firmer texture, chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours.

Additional Notes:

Allow 6 to 12 hours to chill.
Updated Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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4 Responses to Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream

  1. John Johnston June 11, 2005 at 3:27 pm #

    This recipe makes the most unique tasting and refreshing blueberry ice cream that you have ever had.
    Wonderful treat!!

  2. Terri Farr November 4, 2005 at 7:20 am #

    I make the desserts for our American Regional menu at a culinary school. Whenever we do New England I always incorporate this ice cream into the menu. The patrons love it.

  3. DEBORAH JELLEY July 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    The lemon and the blueberry together make this ice cream sublime.

  4. Julie Ann Pelletier June 29, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Interesting but a bit bland as written. I added a heaping teaspoon of vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract would work just as well) and it balanced the flavors just enough. My guests thought it was very nice and liked that it was ‘different’.

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