So when you are as lucky as me to get an ice cream maker attachment for your kitchen aid for Christmas, random Thursday evenings turn into delicious frozen experiments. Yes, I make a lot of cupcakes but my absolute favorite thing in the entire world would probably be ice cream… it’s a very serious love affair.
When I got home from work I was feeling sickly and pathetic, I’ve just been attacked with a horrible cold and all I want is to be able to breathe through my nose again and last more than 5 minutes without coughing. I flopped on couch and was paging through my Ben & Jerry’s ice cream dessert book as a distraction to feeling sorry for myself, and realized I had all the ingredients to make French Vanilla ice cream. So I did.
Random fun fact- Jerry is actually the uncle of a very good friend of mine… no, I have not met him…yet.
Since the ice cream takes about 30 minutes to make I started thinking… what the heck am I going to top it with… I’m not a naturalist when it comes to my ice cream, the more yummy stuff in it the better. I realized I had a rather large, as in Costco size, bag of frozen berries in my freezer.I decided to invent my very own berry compote ice cream topping.
I took about a cup of frozen berries and threw them in a pan with about 4-5 tablespoons of sugar, a couple dashes of cinnamon and a small squirt of light corn syrup. I let it simmer and stirred often. I did not add any water as using frozen berries gave me plenty of extra liquid.
The raspberries and blackberries broke up and only the blueberries stayed whole. It definitely smelled amazing!
Once the ice cream was ready I prepared some fancy glasses (an awesome goodwill find!) for the Lil Diva and I, of course she wasn’t interested in the berries so we added chocolate chips to hers.
Delish! The ice cream rocked, like seriously sooooo good and knowing it’s made from all REAL ingredients makes it that much better! The cinnamon in the berry compote was AWESOME, like a little cinnamon berry tango in my mouth!
Here’s to many more frozen experiments, of the dessert kind that is! I definitely don’t live in Minnesota for the long winters…
Peace, Love and Ice Cream!