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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Beat the Heat with Mango-Blackberry Swirl Ice Cream

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If it seems like I've been posting a lot of frozen dessert recipes lately, well......that's because I have. In this sweltering Florida heat, the less I have to turn on the oven, the better. Besides, ever since our house was struck by lightning a few months ago, my oven has been suffering from some quirky mood swings. Let's just say that, like a hormonal teenager, it doesn't always cooperate. So, I'm more than happy to post a recipe today for cool, fruity and delicious Mango-Blackberry Swirl Ice Cream.

In the backyard of our first house, we had two big, beautiful mango trees. During the growing season, they would be so swollen with fruit that their branches bowed under the weight. I didn't care much for mangoes growing up, so I never paid attention to the fruit on those trees. Everyone else went wild over them, so for years, I just gave them away. Even then, there were a lot that were wasted. One day, I decided to give mangoes another try. Wow! I loved them! What a fool I was to have wasted them all that time? Needless to say, I didn't give too many away after that.

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One of the wonderful things about mangoes is their versatility. They are great in both sweet and savory dishes. Ever since my mango epiphany, I've used them in salsas, curries, crisps, salads and now, ice cream.

I decided to pair my mango ice cream with a blackberry swirl. I think that the two fruits go really well together. For the ice cream itself, I borrowed bits and pieces from several different recipes. For the blackberry swirl, I used David's method from The Perfect Scoop. The end result was a really smooth, creamy and dense ice cream with ribbons of sweet, blackberry goodness running through it. A delightful way to beat the heat in the dog days of summer!

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Sadly, when we moved into our new digs several years ago, we had to leave our beloved mango trees behind. Don't worry, though. I've still got my sources for scoring luscious, ripe mangoes. And, I'm not telling!

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This recipe is going to my good friend, Grace from A Southern Grace, for her Beat the Heat event. The deadline for submissions is August 8th, so you still have a couple of days left if you want to get in on the action.

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Mango-Blackberry Swirl Ice Cream............................................................... (Printable Recipe)

For the ice cream base:

2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream

For the blackberry swirl:

1 pint blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cassis (The original recipe calls for vodka.)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

In a small sauce pan, heat 1 cup cream with sugar until bubbles start to form and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

Puree mango, lime juice, and remaining cream in a food processor until smooth. Add heated cream/sugar mixture and mix well. Chill for several hours.

Freeze the ice cream base according to the instructions for your ice cream maker.

While ice cream is churning, make the blackberry swirl mixture. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mash and smush it all together. Chill until ice cream is ready.

Alternate spooning ice cream and blackberry mixture into a freezer safe container. Carefully swirl it around with the handle of a wooden spoon. Freeze until firm.

Makes about 1 quart.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you may also enjoy:

Dragonfruit Watermelon Sorbet

Drunken Cherry-Vanilla Ice Cream

Roasted Peach Ice Cream

Blood Orange Basil Mint Sorbet

Tortoni

41 comments:

Paula said...

Oh my gosh! Look at that fruit! How did you resist eating it before using it to make the ice cream! My son would devour this in about a second, and then extend the bowl wanting more! Great recipe!

Esther said...

This looks soooo good! I love mango in my ice cream. Keep the recipes coming!

Ann said...

I don't have an ice cream maker. And it seems as if all I ever see anymore are gorgeous ice cream posts like yours. It's driving me a little crazy! :-)

Really like the idea of mango and blackberry together. Yum!

noble pig said...

Hey what a neat combo of flavors, Baskin Robbins should be beating down your door.

I know someone else whose house was struck by lightening in Florida several months ago. What's going on over there in Florida?!

Debbie said...

I could go for a bowl of that ice cream right now. The picture of the fruit is great....it all looks so juicy!

Andrea said...

I am totally envious of your mango tree, one of the perks of living in Florida. I may have to retire there someday just so I can have mango, orange, lime, and lemon trees in my garden. Love your ice cream, the swirls look so pretty!

I'm also glad I stopped by because I didn't know about Beat the Heat! I'm so behind on blog reading. (hanging head in shame...)

Sarah said...

My little heart went pitter-pat when I saw that you were using mangoes! We are so lucky here in Florida--I get mangoes from a friend's tree and love every minute of the season. Great recipe!

Lina said...

loving the photo of the fruits! I really really need to get me an ice cream maker already!

Manggy said...

Ah, the world is getting smaller and smaller-- mangoes and blackberries living together in harmony! It looks divine, Susan :)
If you love your mangoes, you will go positively insane for the ones here in the Philippines-- in my opinion, superior in every way (well, it is our national fruit!) :)

Farmer Jen said...

Lovely! I must try this one and soon! I love both fruits. Thanks for your nice comments on my blog today.

Jeena said...

Oh this is so tempting!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

What a fabulous combination of flavors. The colors are just awesome. I can just imagine the taste....

Beth said...

Im sooo glad I purchased an ice cream maker - plus blackberries are just coming to fruit down my lane! This looks a great ice cream

Kim said...

It is funny how our tastes change. I am happy you still have access to mangos. Tree branches hanging with mangos sounds like a great image. David's book is a gem and this combination truely sounds incredible. Thanks!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Even though I'm comfortably cool in San Diego, I'd love a bowl.

Grace said...

i have to reiterate--this is fabulous. what a stellar combination, both to look at and to taste. thanks again for entering it! :)

Heather said...

oh my gosh! that has to be the most mouthwatering picture I've ever seen. It looks DELICIOUS!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I have never tried mangoes and blueberries together, Susan, but I'm sure the combination is delicious - look at that ice cream!

Deborah said...

I have 2 mangoes at home right now that are desperately waiting to be used. Looks like I'm sticking the ice cream maker in the freezer today!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I'm with you - when it's hot nothing beats making ice cream. Yours looks creamy, delicious, and perfect!

Leslie said...

delicious looking ice cream, I may have to dig out my ice cream maker!

Brilynn said...

Wow! What a gorgeous combo! I love ice cream...

canarygirl said...

That is just luscious, Susan! What a great entry! :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Gorgeous and, I'm sure, delicious! I'll have to try some form of this. YUM.

nicisme said...

Lipsmackingly good, I must say!

Jescel said...

I agree with Manggy.. if you taste Philippine mangoes, you'll go crazy over it... I love anything with mangoes and yours look totally delicious.

Bridgett said...

I love your little polka dot bowls! Those are too cute. I sure wish I had a mango tree in my yard as mangoes are expensive to buy here now. I love them pureed in drinks. This ice cream wouldn't have lasted long in my house, that is for sure. It looks delicious.

CookiePie said...

WOW - that looks so cool, refreshing and delicious! Love mangoes, love blackberry - I bet they're fantastic together!

Sandy Smith said...

Yum, yummy, YUM! I have three kinds of homemade sorbet in my freezer right now (kiwi, peach, and plum-ginger), plus a half-gallon of store-bought ice cream, and I'd still love to make this.

Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia said...

I am speechless. That first photograph has bowled me over. Now that food porn.

Mary Ann said...

That looks absolutely amazing! I am seriously drooling here. yum!

Proud Italian Cook said...

You are the icecream queen!!! That looks so refreshing! Oh, and your fruit photo is just beautiful.

Kristen said...

What a great flavor combination... I bet that tasted so fresh and amazing!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Lightning?! Yikes! You know my feelings on ice cream--you can never have too much! This looks like a great flavor with a nice sweet/tart contrast (same goes for color). It looks like a really good flavor...and I wish I had mango trees! I'd tried to plant a pit a while back to start growing one, but then I read that it might take 10 years to fruit and have nothing in common with the parent tree, so I decided I didn't have 10 years to see how that panned out. :o

Lori Lynn said...

Love the combination of mango and blackberry and the jaunty polka-dot bowl!

Heather said...

I'm taking a lil' trip to the farm next weekend to pick blackberries. As you may have heard, we have really amazing ones here. :) Ice cream is a really great way to use them. I will have to remember the swirl trick, as I am getting ready to have my first try at making ice cream!

Tom Aarons said...

This looks like the best icecream in the world. It's that simple. Best in the world! :)

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

oh my GOODNESSS. yes yes and yes. i was getting ready to freeze my mangoes but i think i'll try this instead. nice work...

Amy said...

Yum! Mango and blackberry sounds sooo good!

Kevin said...

That ice cream looks so good!

Ginny said...

great combination! Delicious!!! :)