Blackberry Series #4 – Blackberry & Elderberry Ice cream

Blackberry Series #4 – Blackberry & Elderberry Ice cream

This recipe was adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe and I did it last year.  It is a must have now each year as it makes sure we go out foraging again which as a family we love.  I added a twist to this ice cream and that was to add elderberries, the benefits of which you can read below.

If I look at the muslin picture quickly I keep on mistaking it for a flower.  Don’t you think?

My youngest as you can see loved getting a quick lick in before the final masterpiece was made.

Visual Evidence

Blackberry & Elderberry Ice cream


  • 400 grams blackberries
  • 100 grams elderberries
  • 75 grams caster sugar
  • 30 ml water
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • dash of creme de cassis


    1. Put fruit in a pan with water & sugar.
    2. Cover & simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Tip into a sieve over a bowl (plastic is best) and push through with a wooden spoon. Chill.
    4. Whip the cream until thick but still soft – it should fall from a spoon.
    5. Add the fruit puree, mix well & freeze for 2 hours.
    6. Mash with a fork or process it. Return to freezer.
    7. Repeat mashing after 2 more hours. Ready after a further 2 hours in the freezer. Serve with extra blackberries and (possibly) my home made ginger snaps.

Important Note:  Please remember when picking elderberries to only pick the very juicy dark ones, no green ones please as these are meant to be poisonous.

There are however huge benefits to having elderberries.For those of you who have children, you might use Sambucol which is the must have liquid during the winter months when all the coughs and colds come out.  Why is it so popular and beneficial?  It contains elderberries!

Benefits of elderberries: Used for its antioxidant activity to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995.

Now it does have a very strong taste that quite often children won’t like but hey in ice cream?  You can guess the answer, they loved it.  Not that we eat ice cream every day 🙂

You can catch up on the other Blackberry series posts by clicking here:  Blackberry series  This is the last of the Blackberry series until next year folks 🙂

Fiesta Friday badgeI would like to share these lovely treats with you and all those partying at Fiesta Friday #87

I hope you have an amazing weekend, Justine x


  30 comments for “Blackberry Series #4 – Blackberry & Elderberry Ice cream

  1. September 25, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Ooh, ooh, ooh! Deliicious.

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  2. September 25, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    This looks so very delicious Justine, I will try to make this too.

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  3. September 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    That looks yummy! I’ve never tried making my own ice cream but that looks so nice I’m tempted to have a go. 🙂

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  4. September 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    I have never made ice cream before but this recipe might change that! It looks simple and delicious!

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    • September 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      its sooo easy you must try it and let me know how you get on 😀


  5. September 25, 2015 at 7:22 PM


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  6. September 26, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    What a great combination of flavors and the ice cream looks so creamy, delicious.

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    • September 29, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      it’s a great one and gives me an excuse to eat with the healthy factor….coughs 😀


  7. September 26, 2015 at 4:02 AM

    Wow, that looks delicious! I’ve really been into making ice cream. I’m leading a workshop this weekend and I decided to make some ice cream for the participants. One is snickers coconut ice cream and the other is vanilla bean coconut ice cream. They are both made with coconut milk and are from SOOOOOO good……

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    • September 29, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      thank you so much for the shout out ! 😀 Do you think your mum will make some? x


  8. September 27, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    This looks so good! And yes it does look a bit like a flower when you first see that pic 😉 So yum!

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  9. September 27, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Great mix and use of berries. Fabulous recipe!

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    • September 29, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      thank you….:D it’s so easy..but so yummy x


  10. September 27, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    When I saw the title I my mind returned to weekends spent driving the back roads of Pennsylvania (USA) looking for elderberry bushes in the right-of-way. My mom still makes elderberry jam (when she can get enough) and it is divine!

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    • September 29, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      awe it’s always lovely when memories, well good ones are brought back, that made me smile, thank you x

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  11. September 27, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Oh Gosh! I want that so badly! 😀 Love berries and ice cream!

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  12. September 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Whoa! That is delicious!


    • September 29, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      hehe thank you, so easy, really you should try it next year when they blackberries are out again 🙂 x


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