Blackberry Flan Ice Cream

Blackberry flan ice cream

I am not sure if this could be called a flan ice cream, after all, what makes flan different from every other custard is the delicious caramel it is baked in. But this ice cream neither has caramel nor it’s baked before freezing. Anyway I am still calling it a flan ice cream because it was delicious and creamy like the flans my mom makes.

Blackberry flan ice cream


Blackberry Flan Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
  • •3 cups blackberries
  • •1 can evaporated milk
  • •4-6 0z. cream cheese (optional)
  • •1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • •16 0z. heavy cream
  • •4 eggs
  • •1 tsp vanilla extract
  • •juice of one lemon
  • •mint leaves for garnish
  1. Blend together blackberries, evaporated milk and cream cheese.
  2. In a medium pot warm together condensed milk and heavy cream.
  3. In a bowl whisk eggs slightly. Slowly whisk in the warm milk.
  4. Return milk to the pot and add the blackberry milk, vanilla and lemon juice.
  5. Heat up the mixture over low heat. Keep stirring with a heat-proof spatula scraping the bottom of the pot.
  6. When the mixture thickens enough to coat the spatula (around 140°F) turn off the heat and let mixture cool in the fridge no more than 4 hours to keep the berry flavor fresh.
  7. Follow ice cream machine directions to finish making ice cream.

I must confess that this is the first ice cream I made this year, but the wait was worth it. Now that I have experimented with custard ice creams I have a lot of ideas I want to try. We haven’t had a very hot summer here in Ohio this year (thank the gods), but that is not a problem when it comes to eating ice cream in our house. It can be -2o degrees outside and we still enjoy our frozen treats.

Blackberry flan ice cream

Don’t forget that the Homemade challenge this month is still ice cream, very suiting since July is National Ice Cream month! So visit our forum and share with us your delicious ice cream recipes.

I am also sending this entry to the Ice Cream Social Challenge brought to you by ScottySnacks, SavortheThyme and Tangle Noodle.

Joy of Desserts will publish the We All Scream for Ice Cream Roundup on July 31st. Don’t forget to participate.

¡Buen provecho!


  • This looks delicious, Ben! I love the color! I bet it tasted amazing!

  • Ben! Thank you for the comment you made on my apricot compote! I didn’t make the ice cream for my dessert… :) But I make Gelato very frequently especially at this time of the year!
    I was going to ask you what was a flan ice cream, but you explained the name beautifully in your blog. Love your recipes and your pictures. You are inspiring!
    PS: Also loved your story of taking pix of steam… I won’t be trying that myself!!!

  • I was wondering what kind a flan makes an ice cream:-) Blackberries sound Yuuuuummy, just got ourselves a few boxes, but am sure they will be gone fresh even before i start thinking to make anything with them..

    Homemades still Ice cream? I might just have something for ya… made cherry coconut sorbet….

  • Dude, you pics have been growing quite quick on the stunning-o-meter. I love the background you chose, it works well with the blackberries.

    I’ve still never had flan, I’m afraid to make it, because I work with a bunch of Mexicans. How can I prove I can roll with them? :)

  • Hey Ben! This looks so good! A flan ice cream is quite unique and blackberries are a great addition to the mix!

  • Your pictures are stunning and I bet the ice cream tasted great.

  • I can’t get over how gorgeous your photos are. Ice cream is hard to shoot and your photos are perfect!

  • I haven’t broken out my ice cream maker yet this year. This would make an excellent initiation!!

  • Mmm…looks delicious! Your photos are beautiful!

  • Stunning photos. Makes me want to make your recipe right now.

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