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Sweet Corn & Black Raspberry Ice Cream Cooking View

It’s July – National Ice Cream Month! I don’t celebrate many food holidays/months, but this is one I can’t miss.  If you’ve been following along on Instagram, I’ve started my own little celebration: ice cream of the day (ICOTD for short), sharing a daily ice cream photo from years past as well as a few new flavors.  Earlier this week I made a rare declarative statement about coffee ice cream being my favorite always and forever. It’s not often that I enjoy being proven wrong, but finding a new ice cream flavor to beat out a stellar classic is a pretty great exception. This sweet corn and black raspberry ice cream is brilliant in every way…entirely unsurprising since it comes from the fabulous Jeni.  It’s unique, beautiful, and the flavors perfectly compliment each other. Maybe it’s the native Hoosier in me, but the sweet corn ice cream makes me weak in the knees.

I had my heart set on making this with black raspberries as called for, even though I knew they would not be easy to find. They weren’t available in our produce delivery and I couldn’t find them even at the grocery store I thought might have a slight chance of carrying them.  I wasn’t giving up so easily, so some quick internet searching found me a local farm where we could pick our own. And isn’t that SO much better anyway? Of course it is! We had a fantastic time picking the berries and of course, that kind of fresh flavor can’t be beat. Using local sweet corn and local black raspberries seemed the only right way to make this since fresh, local ingredients are at the heart of everything Jeni’s does. I recommend trying to find someplace near you to pick the berries but if you can’t, don’t worry – there’s a substitution recommendation below. I do urge you to try this though. It will make your tastebuds so happy.

Sweet Corn & Black Raspberry Ice Cream
Yield: about 1 quart

Ingredients

For the black raspberry sauce: 

  • 2 cups black raspberries*
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. water

For the sweet corn ice cream: 

  • 1 ear sweet corn, husked
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp. (1½ oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. light corn syrup
Cooking View

Directions

  • To make the black raspberry sauce, combine the black raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water and mix until smooth. Bring the berry mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, stir in the cornstarch mixture.  Let cook about 1 minute more, until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and press through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.  Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled before using.

  • Cut the kernels of corn from the cob and place in a medium saucepan. Use the back of the knife or a spoon to scrape against the now spent corn cob, extracting the corn milk into the saucepan as well.  In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the whole milk with the cornstarch and whisk to a smooth slurry. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and salt and whisk until smooth.  Add the remaining 1¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons of milk, cream, sugar, and corn syrup to the saucepan with the corn. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil over medium-high heat and boil for 4 minutes.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return to the heat and bring back to a boil, stirring with a spatula until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

  • Strain the hot milk mixture through a sieve to remove the corn into the bowl with the cream cheese; whisk until smooth. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator to chill thoroughly before churning. (Alternatively, you can place the bowl with the mixture into a larger bowl with an ice bath and stir until chilled.)

  • Once chilled, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Layer the finished ice cream in a storage container alternating layers with the chilled black raspberry sauce.  Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

  • *Note: If you are unable to find black raspberries, you can use half raspberries and half blackberries for a similar color and somewhat similar flavor. Still, try to find local berries for best flavor!

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  • Sam

    Wow. Amazing. I must ask – how in the world do you have time for this with two kids and work? Some time management tips would help because you seem to flawlessly do it all. Thank u for the posts!

  • Kristin

    I just finished my batch of this last night! I had to use the blackberry & raspberry combo, but it was still delicious.

  • Kristin

    I just finished my batch of this last night! I had to use the blackberry & raspberry combo, but it was still delicious.

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a neat flavour Annie!! I love how summery it is :)

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This is such a neat flavour Annie!! I love how summery it is :)

  • annieseats

    Oh gosh, I never know quite how to answer when people ask me this. I don’t think I have any special strategies or secret tips. Everyone has to eat, but for me, feeding my family well is one of my highest priorities. I menu plan each week which is a life saver when I get home and already know what I’ll be cooking that night, but other than that, I’m really no different from most working moms. Just doing the best I can with the time I have! I also have an awesome husband who is a huge help in so many ways, so that is another important factor.

  • annieseats

    Oh gosh, I never know quite how to answer when people ask me this. I don’t think I have any special strategies or secret tips. Everyone has to eat, but for me, feeding my family well is one of my highest priorities. I menu plan each week which is a life saver when I get home and already know what I’ll be cooking that night, but other than that, I’m really no different from most working moms. Just doing the best I can with the time I have! I also have an awesome husband who is a huge help in so many ways, so that is another important factor.

  • Laurel Nippert Miller

    Scrumptious!! Oh the beloved Jeni! She is Columbus’s pride and joy. Have you ever been to one of her scoop shops? If you’re ever in Columbus, you should check out The North Market where it all began (and they have deliciois macarons at Pistacia Vera).

  • Amelia

    Gosh, I am so behind on blog reading! I suppose that’s what vacation and life does sometimes.
    Love love this ice cream! When you finally have the chance to stop into Jenis it is a MUST! Paired with a scoop of one of her three kinds of chocolate ice creams in a waffle cone, of course. So so good!!!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Jeni’s ice creams are the best! I love ice cream month! All of your ice creams are giving me serious cravings!

  • Diane

    This reminds me of the corn ice cream I had in Brazil when I was 15! At the time I thought it was the weirdest, grossest flavor ever. But now that I’m past the ornery teenage years, I might have to reconsider, especially when there are raspberries involved!

  • http://peopleplacesplates.ca/ Sarah

    Never heard of black raspberries! Might just have to try and track them down…

  • Lizzi Stremke

    What sort of ice cream maker do you have? Considering how much Ryan loves ice cream, I feel like this family is long overdue for making our own. :)

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen

    This sounds so great, Annie! I love the idea of corn flavored ice cream!

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Ashley Bee

    So, I would never have thought to put CORN in ice cream, but then I tried a bit of ice cream from Lick, this crazy ice cream place in town. Holy amazing. I am totally on board with this now!

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Ashley Bee

    So, I would never have thought to put CORN in ice cream, but then I tried a bit of ice cream from Lick, this crazy ice cream place in town. Holy amazing. I am totally on board with this now!

  • Diane

    This reminds me of trying corn ice cream at age 15 when I was in Brazil. At the time it seemed like the weirdest, grossest flavor, but now that I’m older I’d love to try it again!

  • annieseats
  • annieseats
  • annieseats

    Oh gosh, I totally agree. I’m sure the teenage me would have scoffed at the very possibility but now I’m all about it.

  • annieseats

    Oh gosh, I totally agree. I’m sure the teenage me would have scoffed at the very possibility but now I’m all about it.

  • annieseats

    Not yet, but we really want to. I have a few weeks of vacation coming up and we’re considering making a day trip out of it to visit the Columbus location. I’d welcome any other recs you have – kids will be with us, so nothing too fancy/non-kid friendly.

  • annieseats

    Not yet, but we really want to. I have a few weeks of vacation coming up and we’re considering making a day trip out of it to visit the Columbus location. I’d welcome any other recs you have – kids will be with us, so nothing too fancy/non-kid friendly.

  • Laurel Nippert Miller

    Oh fun! A day trip would be perfect. I would recommend Northstar Cafe. They have delicious no-frills organic and local food (their fresh ginger ale and Northstar veggie burger are killer). They have 3 locations around the city and all of them are near a Jeni’s scoop shop. COSI is in downtown Columbus and it’s a fun science/amusement center for kids and adults. The North Market is also downtown and it’s a lovely market with great food and some novelty stuff. Hope you can make the trip. We have a lot of Columbus pride!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    Hip hip hooray for ice cream! And for Jeni’s. I just made her graham cracker ice cream and it is DA BOMB. But, I haven’t tried this flavor yet. Soon. Soon.

  • annieseats

    Thank you so much! This will be a great time thanks to your recs. Also I probably should have clarified, our kids eat almost anything – it’s mainly just that we don’t want to try to take them somewhere they will ruin the atmosphere for other customers if you know what I mean. These options sound perfect though. This is great!

  • NatalieWilles

    Just a heads up. When I searched the Ice Cream and Sorbets category this didn’t come up, even though there was a tag for it.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I’ve been wanting to make sweet corn ice cream ever since I had it at Jeni’s, so good!

  • annieseats

    Hmm, it came up for me when I clicked on the category. Not sure what’s up!

  • Tiffanie

    I made this today, and I almost passed out. So delicious! This ice cream tastes like summer. Thanks for sharing, Annie!

  • nicole

    would frozen corn and berries work okay?

  • annieseats

    This ice cream is all about the fresh seasonal flavor so fresh is really best. The results would likely be subpar using frozen corn and berries.