There's nothing better than a homemade ice cream because it can be tailored to any flavor you want. This raspberry cheesecake variety is just as decadent as it sounds! A raspberry jam is layered amongst a creamy cheesecake base.
1 ¼cupsfresh raspberries (frozen can also be used)
2tbsplemon juicefreshly squeezed
2tbspGrand Marnier (optional)
For the ice cream
Combine 1 ½ cups milk and cream in a 4-quart kettle. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Whisk and place over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil.
While the mixture is heating, whisk the reserved 2 tbsp whole milk and cornstarch until dissolved to create a cornstarch slurry.
Once the milk mixture is at a boil, remove from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Place back on medium heat until the mixture just begins to boil throughout, indicating that the cornstarch has been activated.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, cream cheese, lemon zest, and sour cream. Whisk until the cream cheese and sour cream are dissolved and the mixture is homogenous. If the cream cheese has trouble dissolving, use an immersion blender or countertop blender to liquify.
Chill the ice cream base for 6-8 hours.
For the raspberry sauce
Place raspberries in a small kettle and add sugar. Mash raspberries slightly with the sugar to release their juices.
In a separate bowl, whisk lemon juice and cornstarch to dissolve the cornstarch. Then add to the raspberries.
Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Continue simmering until berries begin to break down and the mixture thickens slightly, about 3-5 minutes.
Add Grand Marnier, if using.
Remove from the heat and chill.
To make the ice cream
When ready to freeze the ice cream, remove it from the refrigerator. Follow the instructions with your maker. My KitchenAid attachment takes about 25 minutes.
Layer raspberry sauce with the ice cream into an airtight container. This will give the swirled effect when scooped. At this point, the ice cream is a soft-serve consistency. Place in a deep freeze to chill fully.