Tuesday, July 14, 2015

You Scream, I Scream

You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream 

by Bernice Dudley
from the Piece of Cake Mysteries
by Jacklyn Brady


I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Southern Louisiana, this summer has been a scorcher. This afternoon, while sipping some sweet tea and waving a fan in front of my face to escape the heat, I saw an article in the newspaper that made me sit up and take notice. It said that because of the high summer temperatures, July is the most popular month of the year for ice cream. 

Naturally, that made me start thinking about ice cream, which is, hands' down, my favorite thing in the world. When I was a girl, we had an old-fashioned ice cream maker and let me tell you, we had some wonderful times mixing up homemade ice cream in that thing. It took a lot of work to keep that handle moving, but us kids switched off often and that made it fun. 

Well, sitting here in my house, with my air conditioner struggling to keep up with a heat index of around 110 degrees, I found myself wanting some homemade ice cream something fierce. Only trouble is, I don't have an ice cream maker anymore. I felt myself slipping into a foul mood (no doubt made worse by the heat) but then my nephew told me about a recipe his wife makes that doesn't even use an ice cream maker. Can you imagine that? 

All you need, he says, is a food processor. If that don't beat all! 

Apparently, she found it on a blog of some kind and my nephew says that if you click on the link here you can find the recipe for Easy Blackberry Ice Cream -- perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. It calls for just 5 ingredients: 

  • heavy cream
  • sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • frozen blackberries

I think I'm going to mix some up for myself right now and cross my fingers that it's as delicious as the blog's photo makes it look!  

Of course now I'm curious to know what y'all do to beat the heat. Feel free to let us know! 


Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.

Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now! The Cakes of Monte Cristo will be available in January 2016. Jacklyn loves to hear from readers. Connect with her on the web: Website | Facebook | Twitter

photo credit Blackberry Ice Cream: theviewfromgreatisland.com


  1. The blackberry ice cream looks so yummy! Did you get a chance to try it? Was it good?

    1. Not yet. Haven't had a chance to pick up the blackberries since finding the recipe yesterday. Hopefully today!

  2. Our berries are almost ready to pick, if I don't want the birds to get them! I usually make blackberry cobbler, but the ice cream looks good!

    1. Oh, I do love a good cobbler, too! I hope you can get the berries before the birds do!

  3. I'd never turn down ice cream on a hot day!

    1. Neither would I. Or on a cold day either, for that matter.

  4. We eat ice cream year round here in cold and snowy Massachusetts (in the winter time which was very long and very cold this past year) but we enjoy it more in the spring and summer I think. Our daughter's favorite ice cream is black raspberry with chocolate fudge sauce over it. Don't knock it until you try it she tells us. We did, we loved it too.

    Would very much like to be included in the giveaway for this book. thank you so much.

  5. Recipe sounds good. Please update after you try

  6. Recipe sounds good. Please update after you try

  7. Recipe sounds good. Please update after you try