Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mulberry Swirl Ice Cream

Clearing my pantry : from my freezer, frozen mulberries.  I have been collecting mulberries fruits from my kind neighbour's tree. She gave me the "green light" to pick the ripe ones whenever I want, as they do not eat the fruits, it would all go to waste. It is not a big tree , but I would be able to collect about a cup of ripe fruits at each harvest, sometimes more. After many months of collecting and freezing (and eaten some!) the fruits, I have several cupfuls of fruits in my freezer. My main purpose of collecting the fruits, is to make some homemade jam, but that will just have to wait. I do have my own mulberry plants, but they are grown in pots, and gave me miserable harvest of half a dozen fruits or so at each harvest. I really wish I have the space to grow them on the garden ground.

 Frozen mulberries

My kids have been bugging me for homemade ice cream, not that I blame them! The weather is so irritatingly hot and even as I am writing this post, it is 34 degrees C right now. And any ice cream is definitely welcome! So I have used some of the frozen mulberries to make this lovely and so delicious ice cream. The recipe is taken from David Lebovitz's, The Perfect Scoop, Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream. I have replaced the raspberry with mulberries instead.

The perfect scoop....

The ice cream is a vanilla ice cream which is so good and creamy. After churning the custard, the ice cream is scooped into a freezer container and layer with spoonfuls of the mulberry mixture. The mulberries are macerated by mashing the fruits mixed with some sugar and a tablespoon of vodka. I made the swirl with three layers of ice cream, and two layers of mulberry mixture. Freeze overnight until ice cream has set and firm. The other changes I made was to reduce one egg yolk, and also the sugar from 2/3 cup to 1/4 cup, and the sweetness was just right.

Layers of macerated mulberries in the vanilla ice cream

 The kids can't wait for this!

Me too!
The vanilla ice cream is simply delicious and so perfect with slightly tangy sweet mulberries. So yummmy ....!

I'm sharing this with :
See Ya In The Gumbo hosted by Ms. enPlace

Mulberry Swirl Ice Cream (original recipe uses raspberries)
(adapted from "The Perfect Scoop", David Lebovitz)
Makes about 1-1/2 liters
Ice Cream
1 cup (250ml) whole milk
2/3 cup (130gm) sugar (I use1/4 cup)
pinch of salt
1-1/2 cups (375ml) heavy cream
5 large egg yolks (I use 4 egg yolks)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mulberry Swirl
1-1/2 cups (160gm) mulberries, fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons (45gm) sugar
1 tablespoon vodka

To make the ice cream, warm the milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Pour the cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scrapping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Add the vanilla and stir until cool over an ice bath. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
An hour or so before churning the ice cream, make the mulberry swirl by mashing the mulberries together with the sugar and vodka with a fork (if using frozen mulberries, let them thaw a bit first), until they're juicy but with nice-sized chunks of mulberries remaining. Chill until ready to use.
Freeze the ice cream custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. As you remove it from the machine, layer it in the container with spoonfuls of the chilled mulberries swirl mixture.



  1. This ice cream is just what I need right now. Love the swirls!

  2. Wow! creamy ice-cream, once for me please!

  3. Joyce, I want, no...I need some ice-cream now! Very impressed with your mulberry swirl ice-cream. Must get my dad to propagate the mulberry plant for me :)

  4. Looks really yummy.....loves to have a scoop from you. Yes indeed here too is really hot and you managed to take good ice cream pic in this hot weather too! In air-con room?

    1. Hi Mel!
      Haha! I took the pictures rather quick in my kitchen! It was melting real fast and the kids are impatiently waiting!

  5. Wow!! I wanna have a scoop, looks so delish. Btw can do without ice cream maker?

    1. Hi Priscilla,
      You can make almost any ice cream without the use of an ice cream maker, though it does take a few extra steps. You can read all about it from David Lebovitz's blog, link below.

    2. Thanks babe... I gonna try soon n update u....

  6. Feel like relishing,beautiful swirl icecream.

  7. What a great idea for an ice cream. We're just having our first true Spring days (Portugal has been under an incredibly cold and rainy weather for the past couple of weeks), so I'm going to practise making it before the really warm days arrive. Thank you for sharing this!

  8. Tiene que ser una delicia. Me encanta el blog que tienes. Un abrazo, Clara.

  9. So your neighbour more enjoying the process of growing the fruit tree than harvesting them, is it? It's so amazing to see these berries growing in Malaysia! The ice-cream looks great!

  10. The weather is hot, i want to have one scoop of this ice cream!

  11. Gahhhhhhhhhh lol Your ice cream looks FANTASTIC ! Love those mulberry swirls , the soft and creamy texture and of course the flavor ! Wish I just can grab a scoop , right now *sigh* :D

  12. Joyce look georgeous I cant wait to make this, we are in autum but still here is hot and love Ice cream around the year!

  13. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesTuesday, April 16, 2013

    Look so good: ) great choice on a hot weather: )

  14. This takes me back to my childhood when we had a mulberry tree in the garden. Unfortunately we don't get mulberries in the UK. Looks fab.

  15. Que delicia, ya tengo ganas de que llegue el veranito y recoger moras para disfrutar de un buen helado, como el que nos propones.


  16. Ha! I can picture your kids waiting while you take pictures. Mostly because this is what my family does a few times a week at dinner time!

    This ice cream looks SO GOOD! Thanks for linking this week, Joyce.

    1. I chose your ice cream as my pick of the week. Will be featured tonight when See Ya in the Gumbo potluck goes live. Thanks again for linking!

  17. Hi Joyce,

    Your neighbour is very nice allowing you to harvest mulberry... My neighbour is very nice too allowing me to harvest his chillies but I can't make chilli ice cream... LOL! Just kidding :p


  18. Wow! I love to have some of this fresh mulberry swirls ice-cream now too! Looks soo yummilicious , like calling to eat them! LOL Waa... nice neighbor you have ! I've planted mulberry in my garden but never have thought of making ice-cream with them. I'll try this recipe once I harvested my mulberry . Not much last year though.

  19. Wow this looks like its from the ice cream shop. So delicious and I love the scoop on the cone... I need an ice cream!

  20. Wow! I do love the look of this ice cream of yours, looks so creamy and delicious! I wish I can have some now, it's so hot these days!

  21. i also want something cold now..though it's already middle of the night! And coming to your blog and seeing this ice cream is not helping at all! LOL! i'm going to sleep now!!

  22. Beautiful ice cream Joyce...and yes, I love the berry swirl...perfect for the warm weather...although I can have ice cream at any time of the year :)
    Enjoy the rest of your week my dear!

  23. Olá!!! Tudo bem???
    Vim aqui retribuir a sua visita no meu cantinho!!!
    Fico feliz por você me seguir!!!
    Venha sempre!!!>>> Passe lá e pegue um selinho de agradecimento!

  24. My parents had a mulberry tree in their yard years ago and the fruit always just fell to the ground unused. Wish I would have had your ice cream recipe then. It looks beautiful too!

  25. Wah sedapnya. My mulberry plant is now full of fruits. Can't wait to pluck them all and like you, i oso collect and freeze them.