Black Raspberry & Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

by autumn on October 10, 2013

Black Raspberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream || Autumn Makes & Does

I’m pretty sure there’s a food blogger commandment against posting two ice cream recipes in the same week… in October. If I remember correctly, there’s also one against eating almost all of the food that you intend to post about. Oops. Turns out, this recipe is good enough to break some rules for.

Black Raspberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream || Autumn Makes & Does

Earlier this summer when it was hot as heck, I picked some gorgeous black raspberries with Kaela from Local Kitchen. I froze them right away and when Vermont Creamery sent me some crème fraîche to play around with a while back, I knew they were the ideal mate for it. If you don’t have black raspberries, there are still some late season raspberries in the markets around here, which will work great too.

Black Raspberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream || Autumn Makes & Does

I adapted this recipe from a blueberry sour cream ice cream recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. It initially caught my eye because of how simple it was. No eggs, no thickeners, just a jammy fruit puree and rich tangy sour cream. I ate this ice cream straight from the container with a spoon LIKE A BOSS, but I think this would kill served with a chocolate cake or tart. Holiday entertaining gold!

Black Raspberry & Crème Fraîche Ice Cream
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Autumn Giles
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  • 2 cups black raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 T vodka
  1. Combine the raspberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir the mixture constantly as the raspberries begin to release their juices. Once there’s a thin layer of juice in the bottom of the pot, increase the heat to medium.
  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  4. Immediately remove from the heat and reserve 1/4 cup of the cooked raspberries and set aside.
  5. Pass the remaining raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve positioned over a large bowl.
  6. Stir the crème fraîche into the remaining warm raspberry puree until fully incorporated. Then stir in the heavy cream.
  7. Finally, stir in the vanilla extract and vodka. (Vodka aids in scoopability, but you can omit it if you’d prefer.)
  8. Refrigerate until completely cool and process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Immediately after processing the ice cream, gently fold in the reserved cooked raspberries without fully incorporating. Your finished product will have imperfect ribbons of cooked raspberries running through it.

(Disclosure: I received products from Vermont Creamery free of charge, but my opinions remain my own)


Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 cindy October 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

this is the BEST color and I love the tanginess of creme fraiche with fruit…so good!


2 autumn October 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thanks, Cindy! The black raspberries are total lookers 😉


3 Erika October 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Gurl.. I eat ice cream all year round so keep the recipes coming.. 🙂


4 autumn October 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

Ha! Erika, your comment really made me smile. <3


5 Monet October 11, 2013 at 3:01 am

Bring on the icecream! Especially one that looks as lovely as this…and has creme fraiche! Thank you for sharing it!


6 Courtney October 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Ice cream is my favorite dessert, no matter what time of year it is. This one is so vibrant and beautiful!


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