Dominion Day Raspberry Ice Cream

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01 Jul Dominion Day Raspberry Ice Cream

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While the rest of the nation celebrates Canada Day, in our house July 1st is Dominion Day. And Andrew has the t-shirt to prove it. For those who are curious about my husband’s patriotic insistence, check out last year’s blog post.

For those who care about food, it’s ice cream time again. Yes, I’ve pulled out my $112 ice cream maker and am heading into this holiday with a spoon in my hand and a bowl full of frozen dessert for breakfast.

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Last year I fell in love with homemade ice cream. Despite a couple of stellar failures, I did manage a few wins: maple walnut, coconut cream pie, ginger, pralines and cream, chocolate chipotle, grapefruit and champagne sorbet and even an herb-infused French vanilla. This year, I thought I’d kick off a new season of ice cream bingeing with a very Canadian flavour — Raspberry Maple. After all, it’s our nation’s 142nd birthday.

The recipe is courtesy of Anita Stewart, aka the Patron Saint of Canadian cuisine. She generously gave me permission to publish the recipe from her award-winning cookbook The Flavours of Canada.

Raspberry is one of my favourite tastes, but at the cone shop the best one can hope for is raspberry ripple or a decent vanilla topped with an overly-sweet pseudo-raspberry syrup. Commercial raspberry sorbets tend to be harsh and have an unpleasant after-taste. But this?! Anita, where have you been all my life?

This, THIS is raspberry ice cream.

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Not raspberry-ish or raspberry-esque or raspberry-inspired or raspberry-infused. It’s full-blown, no holds barred, honest-to-goodness raspberry. This is the flavour I’ve been craving and couldn’t find. I’m sure there’s some amazing gelateria in Italy that makes a rival, but in North America, with its ooey-gooey, caramel-chocolate-peanut-butter fetish, this pure fruit taste is all but forgotten.

Until now.

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And I have the whole summer ahead of me to experiment. Are there any flavours or combinations you’d like me to try? Remember, I’m anti-bananas and iffy on licorice. Other than that? Well… let’s just say I’m open to suggestions.

In the meantime, enjoy…

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Anita Stewart’s Raspberry Maple Ice Cream
Published with permission. © Anita Stewart.
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half cream (10%)
  • 1 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Mash raspberries through thoroughly. Strain to remove seeds.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar for 4 to 5 minutes until thick and light yellow.
  3. Stir in the raspberry puree, half & half, whipping cream and maple syrup.
  4. Freeze in an ice-cream maker following manufacturer’s directions.

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  • Andrew
    Posted at 11:13h, 01 July Reply

    A note to fellow respondents: I am not at all anti-banana. I'm even moderately pro plantain. Do not let my wife's prejudices keep you from suggesting banana recipes. It is embracing differences like this that made Canada the great Dominion it is!

  • Divawrites
    Posted at 11:25h, 01 July Reply

    Mocha…coffee and chocolate. for the PWAC party so i can have some.

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 12:01h, 01 July Reply

    Hmm, can't wait for my own raspberries now. I was about to make some strawberry ice cream myself.

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 12:01h, 01 July Reply

    Hmm, can't wait for my own raspberries now. I was about to make some strawberry ice cream myself.

  • The Diva on a Diet
    Posted at 12:25h, 01 July Reply

    Charmian! Those pictures are so gorgeous its all I can do to stop myself from licking the screen! They're stunning. I can't even imagine how delicious it is. ~swoon~

    You are making me want to buy my own ice cream maker … get thee behind me! 😉

  • The Diva on a Diet
    Posted at 12:25h, 01 July Reply

    Charmian! Those pictures are so gorgeous its all I can do to stop myself from licking the screen! They're stunning. I can't even imagine how delicious it is. ~swoon~

    You are making me want to buy my own ice cream maker … get thee behind me! 😉

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 12:32h, 01 July Reply

    Andrew, why don't you take this stance when it comes to vegetables?

    Divalisa, Mocha? Okay. I've done chocolate but not mocha.

    Cheryl, I haven't made strawberry ice cream yet. The local berries haven't been good, but now that you mention this option, that's all I can think about.

    DietDiva, I'll get behind you buying an ice cream maker. I love mine. Be warned. Once you make your own, you'll never want store bought again.

  • danamccauley
    Posted at 15:12h, 01 July Reply

    Not only is that ice cream gorgeous, your peonies are fantastic! Mine got beaten down badly by all these rain storms. I'm doubly jealous!

    Now, as for ice cream flavours, I think you should make peach ice cream when they are ripe and juicy in August.

  • Christie's Corner
    Posted at 16:58h, 01 July Reply

    Dana, peach ice cream is now on the menu!

    And don't feel jealous of the flowers. They aren't peonies, they're William Baffin climbing roses. My peonies didn't do well at all this year. Hardly any blooms. :-(

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 18:37h, 01 July Reply

    HAPPY Canada Day!! I LOVE that you used maple in this!!! yummy!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:43h, 02 July Reply

    Somehow I got lucky enough to be part of the taste test team for this intense treat. I thought this was what raspberry should be – rich and luscious but without the seeds. This recipe could be the closest we ever come to time travel – one little bit and you are instantly taken to a HOT summer day. Please put some aside for January.
    Love,
    Robin

  • Kevin
    Posted at 12:42h, 05 July Reply

    I really like the sound of using maple in a raspberry ice cream!

  • Kate
    Posted at 11:40h, 12 July Reply

    Raspberry ice cream! It looks delicious..the photographs are wonderful. I will give this a try. I so enjoyed reading all of your ice cream experiences! The coconut is also on my list as is the maple walnut….they all look too good. the question is where to start?

  • Suzy
    Posted at 12:37h, 12 July Reply

    This looks divine! You might have guessed I love raspberries too since I made some for the Ice Cream Social. Love the pure pinkness of yours! I also love the idea of coconut cream pie ice cream. YUM!!! Thanks so much for joining in at the social. We've had some great ice recipes and memories share.

  • ♥peachkins♥
    Posted at 19:28h, 12 July Reply

    I wish we have raspberries here..*sob* because this looks delicious!

  • Dishesdone
    Posted at 21:02h, 12 July Reply

    Your ice cream looks fantastic and your photo's are amazing! I can just taste it! Maple and raspberry sounds like a delicious combo!

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