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This refreshing Black Currant Ice Creamis a wonderful treat not only in summer. This version is made without refined sugar and can be made with fresh or frozen berries.

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What are black currant berries?

Are you familiar with black currant berries? From what I have seen they are not very common in North America.

Black currants are small berries with a smooth black skin and small edible seeds on the inside. They grow on bushes with a cluster of berries attached to one stem, similar to grapes on a vine.

Currant bushes are native to Northern/Central Europe. There are black, red and white varieties. I grew up on all of these during my childhood in Germany and now my parents are also growing them in their gardenin Canada.

I already shared with you the Maple Roasted Baby Carrotsand Garlicky Beet Greens that I also made from my parent's produce while we were housesitting their homestead earlier this year.

My sister let me experiment with her Cuisinart Ice Cream Makerwhile we were visiting this summer. With my parent's bushes full of the ripe berries, I had to give a recipe for blackcurrant ice cream a try.

But first, it all starts with making a sort of black currant syrup.

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How to make Black Currant Syrup

Fresh black currants (from the bush or Farmer's Market) can be usedjust as well as frozen berries.

Since I made this entire currant ice cream recipe without any refined sugar, I used agave nectar for cooking the berries into a syrup and also in the mixture for the ice cream base.

I like texture in my foods, so I cooked the black currant berries until some of them were just starting to burst. You can definitely cook them longer, mash and strain out the skins and seeds, if you want a very smooth ice cream.

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The black currant syrup has to cool before adding it to the ice cream. So I made it first and placed it in the fridge while making the ice cream mixture and churning it in my sister's borrowed ice cream maker.

How to make Black Currant Ice Cream

This is a simpleegg/custard free ice cream recipe. Milk and heavy whipping cream (or half and half cream) are combined with organic agave syrupand vanilla extract.

Learn from my mistake and don't pour the ice cream mixture into the pre-frozen bowl before turning on the ice cream maker! That's what I did when using the ice cream maker for the first time. It was not pretty.

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At the end of the churning cycle, add the cooled black currant syrup to the ice cream maker. For a swirled look let the machine turn just 2-3 more times.

Or let it fully mix in the berries for a uniformly purple looking black currantice cream. Fill the churned ice cream into a freezer safe container (I used a loaf pan) and freeze until fully set before scooping and serving.

You can serve the black currant ice cream by itself in cones or bowls, but it also is a great ice cream to serve alongside some warm cake or slices of pie.

For a homemade ice cream recipe that doesn't require an ice cream maker, try my No Churn Pumpkin Ice Cream.

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What do black currants taste like?

If you are not familiar with black currants and are expecting them to taste like blueberries, be warned: these are a lot more mouth-puckering! They are sweet (sweeter than red currants) but also awesomely tangy at the same time.

This is actually the reason I didn't like blueberries at first. Growing up withtart berries (like black currants) they were just too sweet for me when we first arrived in Canada.

So this ice cream is not one of those sweet sweet treats. Instead it is a great sweet-tart balance depending on how many currantsyou get per bite!

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Where to buy black currants and can they be substituted?

I believe black currants are widely available in the UK and Europe, especially during summer time. But like I mentioned before, black currants don't seem to be very common in North America.

For fresh berries, try your Farmer's Markets in early summer, especially if you are in the the PNW or similar temperate climate.

If you want to make this awesome looking berry ice cream, but have absolutely no way to get your hands on black currants, then you can definitely use a different type of berry. Just keep in mind the sweetness levels. If using a berry that isn't as tangy as black currants, I would reduce the liquid sweetener amount in the recipe to ⅓ cup.

More Refreshing Ice Cream Recipes:

  • Coconut Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
  • Healthy Nice Cream

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Black Currant Ice Cream

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This refreshing Black Currant Ice Cream is a wonderful treat not only in summer. This version is made without refined sugar and can be made with fresh or frozen berries.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine German

Servings 8 -12 servings

Calories 252 kcal

Ingredients

Black Currant Syrup

  • 1-½ cups (200 g) black currant berries
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup

Ice Cream Base

  • 1-½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1-½ cups milk
  • ½ cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • If your ice cream maker requires it, place the bowl in the freezer 24 hours before starting this recipe.

  • In a small saucepan combine the black currant berries with agave nectar and cook on medium-low until the berries start to burst. Take off heat. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge to cool.

  • Combine all ingredients for the ice cream base (cream, milk, agave, vanilla and salt). Turn on the ice cream maker (I used this Cuisinart) and slowly pour in the base mixture.

  • Churn until thick and creamy for about 30-40 minutes. At the end of the churning cycle add the cooled black currant syrup and let the ice cream maker turn just a few more times to swirl in the berries.

  • Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container, smooth the top and freeze a few hours until fully set (4-5 hours).

  • For easy serving, let the ice cream sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes first and use an ice cream scoop dipped in warm water.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Black Currant Ice Cream

Amount per Serving

Calories

252

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Random Questions

What is black currant ice cream made of?

Black currant ice cream is typically made with fresh or frozen black currant berries, combined with milk, heavy whipping cream, and a sweetener like agave syrup.

What does black currant ice cream taste like?

Black currant ice cream has a unique sweet-tart flavor profile, offering a sweet and tangy taste that distinguishes it from other berry flavors.

What fruit is black currant?

Black currants are small berries that grow on bushes, known for their distinctive sweet-tart taste and smooth black skin.

Can black currants be substituted in the recipe?

While black currants can be substituted with other berries, it's essential to consider the sweetness levels for balanced flavors. Adjust the sweetener amount accordingly if using a less tangy fruit.

Are black currants high in any specific nutrients or antioxidants?

Black currants are known for their richness in essential nutrients and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and anthocyanins, which contribute to their potent health benefits.

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Black Currant Berries

Black currant berries are small berries with a smooth black skin and small edible seeds on the inside. They grow on bushes with a cluster of berries attached to one stem, similar to grapes on a vine. Black currant bushes are native to Northern/Central Europe and come in black, red, and white varieties.

Black Currant Ice Cream

Black currant ice cream is a refreshing treat that can be enjoyed not only in summer. It is typically made with fresh or frozen black currant berries, combined with milk, heavy whipping cream, and a sweetener like agave syrup or maple syrup. The ice cream base is churned in an ice cream maker, and the cooled black currant syrup is added towards the end of the churning cycle to create a swirled or uniformly purple appearance. The ice cream is then frozen until fully set before serving.

Taste of Black Currants

Black currants have a unique sweet-tart flavor profile. They are sweeter than red currants but also have an awesomely tangy taste. If you are not familiar with black currants and are expecting them to taste like blueberries, be warned that they are more mouth-puckering. The ice cream made with black currants offers a great sweet-tart balance, depending on how many currants you get per bite.

Substituting Black Currants

If you are unable to find black currants, you can substitute them with a different type of berry. However, it's important to consider the sweetness levels of the substitute berry. If using a berry that isn't as tangy as black currants, it is recommended to reduce the amount of liquid sweetener in the recipe to maintain a balanced flavor .

Nutritional Benefits of Black Currants

Black currants are known for their richness in essential nutrients and antioxidants. They are particularly high in vitamin C and anthocyanins, which contribute to their potent health benefits.

I hope this information helps! If you have any more questions or need further clarification, feel free to ask.

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