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Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Raspberry ice cream is a family favourite. With ribbons of raspberry combined with homemade vanilla ice cream, it is a sure to be a hit with your family and friends too!

Ice cream recipes like this Raspberry Ripple make summer fun!

Well, the dog days of summer have arrived.  I have been so enjoying the moderate temperatures and low humidity that June brought this year.  By the look of the weather forecast, that is all about to change.

It is officially ice cream season! And since July is National Ice Cream month,  it’s time to start sharing some of my favorite ice cream recipes.  Starting with this homemade Raspberry Ripple!  

Honestly though, it’s always ice cream season at our house!

Classic ice cream recipes - raspberry ripple

Before I started making my own ice cream we had many a heated discussion in the freezer section of the grocery store.  When it comes to ice cream I am an all in kind-a girl.  Bring on the chocolate, the peanut butter, and throw in some caramel.  Tim on the other hand likes is a minimalist when it comes to ice cream.  I usually win!

When it comes to home made ice cream, my absolute favourite is lavender honey ice cream.  Tims’ favourite is raspberry ice cream.  Since there were fresh picked raspberries at the Farmer’s Market last weekend, Tim wins this time!

Raspberry Ripple is one of those ice cream recipes that is a classic

What you will need to make ice cream at home

Making ice cream at home is so easy.  Some ice cream recipes require no churning, but I really do prefer those that do.  Some recipes, like this raspberry ripple, require a cooked custard base and allowing it to sufficiently cool before churning, while others require no cooking at all.

I am not really a kitchen gadgety person given the small space that is our kitchen.  But, the one appliance I am so glad I invested in was this Cuisinart ice cream maker.  I have had it for many years and it is still going strong.  Investing in an extra freezer bowl is a good idea.  You will always have one frozen and ready to go!

For rich, creamy ice cream, you will want to use whole milk and heavy cream. This results in a decadent, smooth, rich ice cream base.

Sugar and egg yolks are the other ingredients you will need to make the custard base.

A collection of ice cream recipes including raspberry ripple

Now, when we hit the grocery store there no more arguing about ice cream flavors.  Just as long as we have milk, cream, some fruit and a few other mix-ins we are good to go!

A small canning jar filled with raspberry swirl ice cream with an ice cream scoop on the side.

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

Yield: 6-8 servings

This raspberry ice cream is made with a rich custard base, swirled with a fresh raspberry sauce. It is the perfect summertime treat.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Combine milk and cream in a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
  2. Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in a third of the milk mixture. Pour egg-milk mixture back into pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, 8 to 12 minutes.
  3. Pour custard through a fine sieve into a bowl set in a larger bowl of ice water; discard vanilla pod. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour; custard base can be refrigerated up to 2 days ahead.
  4. For the raspberry sauce combine raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir until raspberries break down, sugar dissolves, and sauce is heated through, 3 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and press sauce through a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds. Cool to room temperature, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, at least one hour.
  5. When custard is sufficiently cool, add to ice cream maker and freeze according to manufactures directions.
  6. Once frozen, spread half the custard into a chilled loaf pan. Pour a layer of raspberry sauce over top, carefully spoon the remaining custard over the sauce and spread to cover. Add a final layer of raspberry sauce on top. Swirl the layers together using two knives until marbled to your liking. Return the ice cream to the freezer to freeze completely.

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  1. What a beautiful ice cream! I would happily have a few scoops for breakfast this morning. It does have fruit and dairy, so I believe that’s allowed. Right?!

  2. What a great ending to a wonderful meal!.. ok or just replacement for a meal itself.. hey I’m a grown up.. who’d gonna tattle on me??