No Machine Required




When did summer arrive?? It’s been quite an up and down spring here in Vancouver, with ridiculous wind storms, rain and cooler weather the past couple of months but suddenly today I walked outside in a tank top and flip-flops and it felt like summer was here already. I’ve been somewhat lacking in the baking department since I’ve come home, at least as far as posting goes. I have made brownies and cookies which I haven’t put recipes up for or even photographed for that matter. But It’s been a week or two of cleaning up, packing up and unpacking and job searching. Home from University for the summer = job. I got hired last week to work in a restaurant called Browns Social House. I’m nervous and excited, as I’ve never worked in a restaurant before! But I’m sure it will be fun and definitely a different atmosphere than working as a receptionist, which I think I’ll be working part-time as for a bit as well. Of course, I’ll fit in baking on a regular basis!

I start work this week, but I had a baking itch that I just needed to satisfy! I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to make, but I wanted it to be something with fruit, and spring-summery! (is that a word? it is now). Also, I didn’t feel like making a big mess (somewhere my mother is gasping) or something that required a lot of work. I flipped through some cookbooks to get some inspiration, and I had almost decided on a new cookie recipe when I came across a delicious looking picture which just screamed summer. I scream, you scream we all scream for Ice Cream of course.


This ice cream is absolutely delicious and creamy. You can definitely subsitute any type of berry you like, originally it called for blueberries but seeing as how it’s not blueberry season yet, and I wasn’t willing to use frozen, I picked up some juicy blackberries to make this ice cream. With only a few ingredients it’s simple and doesn’t require a lot of effort. I, like many others, also don’t have an ice cream maker so I opted to make it sans machine. If you do have one, of course you can use it and follow the instructions in your manual, but you can also work without one. I followed the instructions here from David Lebovitz. It is only a small amount of ice cream so doing it the old fashioned way is not a lot of work at all! It’s really very easy and I would suggest trying it if you don’t have the machine and still want to enjoy a berry ice cream. I made it mid-afternoon and it was ready for dessert in the evening.




Blackberry Sour Cream Ice Cream
*Light version* (slightly adapted from Dorie Greenspan)


  • 1 3/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Grated zest and juice of 1/4 lemon, or more
  • 3/4 cup non-fat creamer
  • 3/4 cup light sour cream


1. Put the blackberries, sugar and lemon zest and juice into a medium nonreactive saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture boils and the berries pop and soften, about 3 minutes.

2. Turn the berries into a blender and whir until you have a fairly homogeneous puree, about one minute. Add the heavy cream and sour cream and pulse just to blend. Taste and, if you’d like, add a squirt more lemon juice or a tiny bit more sugar.

3. Pour the custard into a bowl and refrigerate until it is chilled before churning it into ice cream. *This is where you would follow the instructions from David for doing it by hand*

4. Scrape the chilled custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Pack the ice cream into a container and freeze for at least 2 hours, until it is firm enough to scoop.

You can also follow the instructions to make it without a machine! I mean it, super super easy. I’d rather not admit that I thought it was a recipe at first ice cream without using a machine. I was having a blonde moment I guess when I got home and noticed it said to turn it into your ice cream machine. Thankfully David Lebovitz came to the rescue. (no offense to all you blonde bakers! Promise!!)



13 Comments on No Machine Required

  1. Cara
    May 13, 2010 at 6:42 AM (4 years ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I keep thinking about trying to make a Greek yogurt frozen yogurt, but I don’t have an ice cream maker and I’d love to be able to do it by hand. Definitely bookmarking this!

  2. Anna
    May 13, 2010 at 12:11 PM (4 years ago)

    That looks beautiful and delicious and just the thing for all the blackberries I’ve stashed in my freezer! Thank you for sharing, I’ll be whipping up a batch of this tonight!

  3. joudie's Mood Food
    May 14, 2010 at 8:09 PM (4 years ago)

    The colour looks amazing. So fresh and summery. I love the fact that you dont have to use a machine for this. Will make this as soon as the sun comes back in the UK!!!

  4. Kaitlin
    May 15, 2010 at 6:11 AM (4 years ago)

    Great color and great flavors! I bet this tastes awesome! It looks really creamy, too :)

  5. ingrid
    May 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM (4 years ago)

    Looks wonderful….I love blackberries and I have an ice cream machine, so no excuses.

  6. paulina
    June 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM (1 year ago)

    mmmmmmmmm i have to make this ice cream tonight for my family because my family and me love ice cream today my family went to pick blackberries and raspberries my brother got lots of fruit so im making a batch of this tonight

  7. paulina
    June 30, 2013 at 8:14 PM (1 year ago)

    me and my family got free blackberries and raspberrys im soooooo exiteded

  8. paulina
    June 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM (1 year ago)

    this is going to be a good batch of creamy ice cream


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