Cranberry Ice Cream #CranberryWeek

What is the typical Thanksgiving weather where you are?

Cranberry Ice Cream

I was recently chatting about Thanksgiving plans with a far-flung friend and she mentioned wearing shorts on Thanksgiving. It struck me as funny, because it is so not what I think of as Thanksgiving weather. We’re lucky if it’s warm enough to go for a walk after dinner without getting totally bundled up!

It also got me thinking about how much different my Thanksgiving dinner would be if it was warm outside. Is it weird to have cranberry apple crisp when it’s 90 degrees out?

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Ice cream seems way more appealing – and this would be perfect on a Thanksgiving table. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and tart and I just love the color. It’s also a great option for Thanksgiving because you make it ahead – giving you more free time to focus on the rest of the meal!

I’m excited to be sharing this recipe as part of Cranberry Week – now in it’s third year! See all the tasty cranberry recipes being shared today below and follow #cranberryweek on social media for more ideas all week long.

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Cranberry Ice Cream
(from Wonky Wonderful)
Makes 1/2 gallon

Cranberry Puree:
 cup water
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. fresh cranberries cleaned & sorted
2 Tbsp. orange juice

Ice Cream:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups cranberry puree

Combine the water, salt, and cranberries in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 6-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

Transfer the cranberry mixture to a blender or food processor and add orange juice. Puree.

Refrigerate for several hours.

To make the ice cream, mix together the cream, milk, sugar and cranberry puree. Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Transfer the ice cream to a chilled container and freeze for at least 4-6 hours. Thaw for 5 minutes before serving.

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27 thoughts on “Cranberry Ice Cream #CranberryWeek

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  4. This looks so good, I love the color the cranberries give. It’s not warm here but I believe New England eats a pretty good share of ice cream so sure it would go down well no matter the weather!

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  6. This looks fabulous! I love making ice cream and we tried a cranberry last week. It was delish. You used more cranberry so yours is super vibrant and I love it! Definitely need to try your recipe!

  7. I’ll take a bowl!

    You know, it’s funny. I agree that I can’t imagine Thanksgiving (or Christmas) in warm weather, but every year, we have an unseasonably warm Christmas, so it’s nice to have a fall dessert in mind for unpredictable weather.

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  21. I am curious if the sugar melts without heating it first with the cream and milk. I think I will heat it first, cool it and then finish the recipe.

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