Monday, February 21, 2011

what i made monday: stewed berries and ice cream

I was originally going to share a fun project that involves spray paint for my What I Made Monday series today, but it has been a rainy, cold week and since neither of those are good conditions for spray about some ice cream?

We were invited over to our neighbors for dinner last week and I offered to bring dessert.  I knew that Grant and I were going to be gone most of the day, spending time with my parents and that I would barely be home in time for dinner.  Since baking was out of the question, I decided to go with one of my all time faves: warm stewed berries with ice cream.  I brought the ingredients with me and whipped it up once we had finished eating dinner.

It's a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.  All you need is fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.  You can bust this out in 10 minutes and have a fresh, warm and delicious dessert.  The combination of warm berries and cold ice cream is divine.

Bring this to the party next time you offer to bring dessert and you will for sure be invited back.

Here's the recipe:
{Serves 8}

3 half pints fresh raspberries, divided
2 half pints fresh blueberries
1 gallon really good vanilla ice cream.  It would be a total shame to try and serve this deliciousness with a store brand imposter.  Splurge on the good stuff {we love Dreyer's natural vanilla}
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water

Bring the water, sugar, all of the blueberries and 2 pints of the raspberries to a boil in a small saucepan.

Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The juice will become a syrup and the berries will be slightly cooked.  

Off the heat, stir in the remaining pint of raspberries and spoon the sauce onto a plate or bowl.  Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


  1. YUMMY!!!!!!! I can't wait for warmer weather to try this! I could do it now but fresh berries taste so much better!!!

  2. That looks absolutely delicious. Are you free for dinner this Saturday? ;)

  3. Yummmmm!!!!

    This reminds me of my childhood spent visiting my grandparents on their farm.
    They had a dairy cow and so all of the milk, cream, butter and ice-cream were homemade and SO delicious.
    My Grandmother was also a fantastic 'preserver' so fruit and ice-cream was a regular desert time treat.
    My favourite was always the cherries because we would play a game putting all the pits around the outside of our bowl and saying a rhyme like 'Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief' etc as we counted out each one.

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

    Felicity x

    PS I love your bowl too!

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