August 16, 2013

Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles


Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles • The Bedlam of Beefy

Today I'm joining a slew of fine bloggers in capping off POPSICLE WEEK! That's right, y'all! Billy of the oh-so-delightful Wit & Vinegar rounded up a posse of 26 bloggers from around the blogosphere to get their popsicle on. Y'know, 'cause it's August and we're trying to squeak in as much summer celebration as we can and, I mean, who doesn't like a popsicle? Genius idea, Billy.

Popsicle Week • Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles • The Bedlam of Beefy


As your uncle hails from the Pacific Northwest, it seemed only fitting that I should go with something blackberry. This time of year it is not at all uncommon to see people in questionable casual sportswear picking blackberries on the roadside like vagrants or people who just emerged after being lost in the woods in a vain attempt to find Bigfoot. In any event, if you happen to witness this spectacle just go with it.

So, yeah, I rounded up a bushel o' blackberries a la roadside and got to creating my POPSICLE WEEK offering - Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles. Y'know, something light and healthy to go with my active Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Or not. These beauties are layers of tangy, creamy buttermilk ice cream studded with fresh, wild blackberries, graham cracker crumble, and a moody ribbon of blackberry ice. Rowr! Rowr? Okay, probably more homey than sexy but let's just go with it.

Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles • The Bedlam of Beefy


BUTTERMILK BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE POPSICLES
makes 10 (11ish) popsicles

Buttermilk Ice Cream
adapted from Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones (A cookbook I highly recommend!)

5 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
  • In a heatproof bowl whisk together the egg yolks and half of the sugar (6 tablespoons) and set aside.
  • Combine cream and the remaining half of the sugar in a nonreactive saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Allow to heat to barely a simmer, stirring occasionally, and then reduce the heat to medium.
  • Carefully remove a small amount (ladle full) of the cream mixture and add to the egg yolks while whisking continuously. Continue this step a few times to bring the yolks to temperature and then add remaining cream mixture and whisk to combine.
  • Return this base mixture to the pan and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened and can hold a clear line when you run your finger through it on the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. (For a temperature you can bring it to about 160ºF on an instant-read thermometer.)
  • Remove from heat and run through a fine-mesh strainer (to remove any egg bits) into a clean container. Place the container into an ice-water bath and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. (If the custard base is not completely chilled it can cause the ice cream mixture to break when adding the buttermilk. So don't get hasty!)
  • Once fully chilled, add the cup of buttermilk and vanilla to the custard base and mix until completely combined.

Blackberry Ice

1 1/2 cups blackberries
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • In a small nonreactive saucepan, combine all the ingredients and cook over medium-high heat until the fruit has broken down and the mixture has thickened slightly (10-15 minutes). 
  • Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a small heatproof container, cover, and chill completely.

Graham Cracker Crumble

1/4 graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sugar
Dash of salt
  • Melt butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a small bowl. Salt to taste.
  • Completely chill graham cracker mixture in the refrigerator.

Okay, ready to make popsicles? You know you are!

To assemble Buttermilk Blackberry Crumble Popsicles:

Buttermilk Ice Cream Base
Blackberry Ice Base
Fresh Blackberries (approximately 1/2 cup or more)
Graham Cracker Crumble
  • In a popsicle mold, place a small amount of the buttermilk ice cream base in the bottom of each mold. Add two or three fresh blackberries. Sprinkle with some of the graham cracker crumble and top with a little more of the buttermilk ice cream base. Freeze.
  • Once that layer is frozen, add a layer of the blackberry ice mixture, a few more blackberries, and freeze completely.
  • Finally, add a little more of the crumble and top off each mold until full with the buttermilk ice cream base and freeze.

Once your popsicles are fully frozen, to remove, simply dunk your mold/s into a hot water bath a few times until you can pull the popsicle out by the stick. Voila!




34 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much! Hopefully, you give 'em a try!

      Delete
  2. yum - so beautiful! i never thought i'd say that about a popsicle!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jan! Well, I suppose it was the popsicle's turn as we can't talk about how beautiful I am *all* the time now can we? Kidding! ;) Have a nice weekend!

      Delete
  3. How gorgeous and delicious are these?! I must try.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's high praise coming from YOU, Miss Leah! xo :)

      Delete
  4. How did I not know about popsicle week?! SO fun...and that looks amazing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, at least now you know, Miss Susan! Plenty of fun weekend reading ahead... or popsicle making? :)

      Delete
  5. STOP! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!??? This is way way too great. I'm gaining weight right now. Forget a cupcake joint.....start up a designer popsickle joint!!!

    ML

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Would I be kidding you, M.?! Oh boy! There are too many biz options! Cupcake joint? Designer popsicle joint? Speedo model? What to do, what to do? ;)

      Delete
  6. Replies
    1. Thanks, Sarah! This was fun wasn't it? Yours sound like a vacation on a stick ~ tropically exotic!

      Side note/fun fact: You and I must be related somewhere along the line as we share the last name!

      Delete
  7. This is freaking amazing. YUM. Time to get my vagrant clothes on!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Miss Melanie! Get your vagrant clothes on, girl! I'm not gonna judge! xo :)

      Delete
  8. Rowr indeed!! And why have I never thought/heard of buttermilk ice cream?? Best.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Erika! You MUST try the buttermilk ice cream!!! Like an elevated vanilla ice cream that I just LOVE! Thanks for visiting and for the sweet comment!

      Delete
  9. Oh my goodness these look SO good! Totally need to try these. Thanks, Beefy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you DO try them, Will! The recipe looks involved but it's really not hard and the flavor combo is really tasty. Thanks for the comment, mister! Cheers!

      Delete
  10. My waistline is mad at me just looking at those pics, but I can't help it! Definitely need to give these beauts a go

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your waistline might be mad at you now, Tan, but take it out for some drinks, introduce it to some new kaftan and elastic waistband friends and you two will be back in business! ;) Hope you try 'em out!

      Delete
  11. Gorgeous! I can't help but love a popsicle with layers, especially layers as tasty as this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Nicole! I know you love you some layers with your nifty neapolitan offerings! Yours look equally tasty I can tell you! :)

      Delete
  12. Yum! We love blackberry season and you're so right about seeing random people on the side of the road with ice cream buckets, pickin' away! These look delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Uh genius idea! Next time I want to join in on this popsicle making fun. Seriously who doesn't love a popsicle? Now I wish summer wasn't ending. :(

    xx Alecia likesof.us

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Alecia! And thanks for popping by 'The Bedlam'! Nice to make your acquaintance... LOVE your blog! :)

      Delete
  14. Wow.. this looks delicious. I don't even care that summer has come to an end, this looks like something I'd want to make and eat any day of the year!!

    >>>> Madebygirl.blogspot.com
    >>>> MadeByGirl.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, technically we still have a few days of summer left! Not that it feels like it right now. But, yes, these popsicles are a sure bet to have a taste of summer long after the leaves have left! Thanks for stopping by, Jen! xx :)

      Delete
  15. Yum yum yum! I'm so envious of your blackberry abundance in the Pacific Northwest! We're road tripping up to Portland from SF next weekend, and I'll be crossing my fingers that we score some berries. I think these popsicles are totally sexy. Rowr indeed! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, we got LOTS o' blackberries up here all right. Sounds like a fun road trip to Stumptown! You'll probably be able to still score some berries at a farmers' market. Have a great time in the PNW! Thanks for the sweet comment and happy to make your blogging acquaintance! :)

      Delete
  16. I'll take 50....you know...for science.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha! Well, I appreciate your willingness to sacrifice, um, for "science". Thanks for taking the time away from your scientific research to comment! ;)

      Delete
  17. Replies
    1. Thanks, Angelina! And pretty tasty too if I do say so myself. ;)

      Delete

Thanks for taking the time to comment. I always appreciate your thoughts. Your comment will appear as soon as I can publish it.

Even if I don't always get the chance to respond back, know that you're sending smiles across the miles. Warm wishes right back atcha! Thanks again!

p.s. - Contrary opinions or constructive criticism are also fine but "The Bedlam" isn't a platform for random acts of nastiness. Keep it classy.