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Friday, April 16, 2010

Purple Princess Ice Cream

It was my daughter's 3rd birthday this week. I asked her what color ice cream she wanted and she said "purple". That conjured up all sorts of possibilities. At the beginning of the year I took my family to San Francisco to relax and visit some friends. We also had a chance to visit some great ice cream parlors -- one of our stops was at Mitchell's Ice Cream, where they had taro ice cream that was a very bright purple color. I was seriously thinking of copying that ice cream; but, I don't think my daughter would have appreciated it. So I played it safe. I combined fresh blueberries and strawberries to make a very purple reduction.

I made this purple ice cream "Philadelphia Style," meaning that it contains no eggs. Usually I make my ice cream with 3-4 eggs and a cup of whole milk along with heavy cream. But this time I just used straight up heavy cream. When making a "Philadelphia Style" ice cream you can expect that the fat content is going to be greater, so when the ice cream melts in your mouth, you're going to taste a lot more cream. To compensate for this, you will need to add more flavor to your ice cream so that you can taste it better.

The blueberry and strawberry reduction works great for this style of ice cream because of the intense flavor that comes through the extra creamy texture. I also served this with some freshly toasted almond slivers and drizzled some of the left over reduction on top of the ice cream to make sure you can taste the fresh blueberries and strawberries that were used.

My daughter had a great birthday. She is my little princess. We will be making our first trip to Disneyland in the coming weeks, where I am sure she will be awe-struck to see the Disney princesses in person.

Purple Princess Ice Cream

1 cup of blueberry-strawberry reduction
3 cups of heavy cream
1 cup of sugar
pinch of salt

For the blueberry-strawberry reduction, I used 1 cup of fresh blueberries and 2 cups of fresh strawberries. I pureed them together, then reduced the mixture over medium heat. When the reduction is nice and thick, remove it from the heat and place in a heat-proof container. Let cool, then refrigerate until you are ready to add it to the cream.

To prepare the ice cream base, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, sugar and salt together. Once the sugar and salt have dissolved, pour the warm cream into a bowl and combine with 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream. Add 1 cup of the blueberry-strawberry reduction.  Chill the ice cream base for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Then follow your ice cream maker instructions.

When I served this purple princess ice cream, I placed it over a slice of sponge cake, drizzled some of the blueberry-strawberry reduction and topped it off with some toasted, slivered almonds.

I love reading your comments. If you have any questions feel free to leave them for me and I will answer them all.

Thank you.


citronetvanille said...

your daughter is so cute! a real doll, and the ice cream so appetizing, what a beautiful purple color, perfect for the occasion

Cathy S. said...

This ice cream is definitely fit for royalty of the cutest kind :)

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Another fantastic creation! I say you hit it right on the dot with that purple hue for your little princess, who by the way is a cutie. Hope you all have a great time at Disneyland!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your little princess! She is quite adorable

Cleo Coyle said...

Happy Birthday to your little princess - I loved the color purple when I was a little girl, too. Your dessert is worthy of royalty. :)


Anonymous said...

Just discovered you. Wonderful stuff!!!!!!
I will definitely follow your recipes


Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments! You guys are awesome.

Sippity Sup said...

That is a very lady like shade of purple no wonder she looks so gloriously happy! GREG

Gastronomer said...

Aw.... Happy belated birthday to your little princess. Any idea why the type of ice cream is called "Philadelphia style?" I used to live in Philly and am curious!

Ravenous Couple said...

how cute! happy belated bday!! if you were really adventurous..taro or ube for great purple color.

TripleScoop said...

@Gastronomer it think i found your answer.

Philadelphia was a very influential part of ice cream history.

I hope that helps!

Cynthia said...

She is so adorable! I love the colour of this ice cream! It's so fabulous and summery!

Joy said...

Your daughter is precious!! What a beautiful little princess she is :) You know... I've left comments on some of your posts and they don't show up-- I wonder if I'm doing something wrong. Anyways just wanted to say I really wish you were my neighbor because I would constantly be buzzing around you for your delicious ice cream creations --- your princess is one lucky girl :) Have fun in Disney World!!!

Jessie said...

Not sure whether I found you on Foodbuzz or just browsing the internet but OH MY GOODNESS. I do not go one day without ice cream, not one! These are beautiful and I'm so inspired to start making my own. Of course, I think it will take me a while to get to this level! I've just started really getting my own foodie craze. But this blog will be a recurring stop for me! Keep it up!


Anonymous said...

@Jessie Thanks for the kind words. I love reading everyone's comment and suggestion. I hope you stop by often and I can inspire you to try and create your own ice cream recipes.
Thanks again!

lyndsay said...

so cute!!! love the colour... turned out perfectly purple... i love the idea of taro ice cream too... mmmmm!

thanks for sharing

lyndsay :)

DianasaurDishes said...

Adorable! Love the name Purple Princess Ice Cream, it's perfect.

Betty said...

the purple colour is sooo pretty, it looks great!

Jen said...

Using the berry reduction over the princess ice cream is a really great idea! I'm definitely going to try it myself.

Take Care,

Jennifer J.

Tonya said...

Making this for my birthday which is on Sunday. Thanks for sharing. :)

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