I love taking a tried and true recipe and tweaking and morphing it into a different recipe. Do you do that? That was the case when I took my recipe for Blueberry Ice Cream and morphed it into delicious, individual sized Blueberry Ice Cream Tarts for a dinner & dessert evening with friends.
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make for dessert, then decided to make my blueberry ice cream, add a graham cracker crust from another of my recipes, along with a simple blueberry sauce, to come up with these wonderful dessert tarts! And boy… were they ever good, if I do say so myself!!
I have an electric indoor Krups ice cream maker, which makes ice cream in about 20 minutes, but if you don’t have one or don’t want to take the time, just buy a great blueberry ice cream or sorbet at the grocery store, and shave some time off of this recipe (even though the blueberry ice cream recipe I use is fantastic!). This recipe is actually very easy to prepare… it just needs to be done in steps. Make the ice cream, make the crumb topping, make the blueberry sauce, assemble the tarts, freeze, then serve!
First I made the Blueberry Ice Cream and then put it in the freezer to firm up. It looks like this when done (here it is served up nice and pretty so you can see it!):
The next thing I did was to prepare the graham cracker crust mixture. So easy!
I prepared the blueberry sauce, cooked it until thickened (6-7 minutes), then let it cool completely.
I firmly packed the graham cracker crumb mixture (reserving some of the crumb mixture for garnish) into 4 small tart pans, with removable bottoms, and baked them for 6-7 minutes. When done, I let them cool completely.
I filled each cooled tart crust with slightly softened blueberry ice cream, then put the ice cream tart (in the pans) back into the freezer for a couple hours to firm up completely. When I was ready to assemble and serve the Blueberry Ice Cream Tarts, I spread some of the thickened blueberry sauce onto each serving plate, sprinkled with some of the graham cracker crumb mix, then removed the ice cream tarts from the (removable bottom) tart pans, and set them on top of the blueberry sauce.
I garnished the top of each tart with a spoonful of blueberry sauce, then sprinkled with additional graham cracker crumb mixture. I let each finished plate sit out for a couple minutes to soften slightly, then served them up! They were delicious!!!!
If you don’t have removable bottom tart pans, think outside the box! This recipe could be easily adapted to make into a pie. Make a graham cracker crust (using this recipe-might have to double amounts) or buy a graham cracker crust, then follow the rest of the directions… you will have a delicious frozen pie, rather than a tart, but a slice of THAT pie would be fantastic, when garnished with the blueberry sauce and graham cracker crumbs. It’s ALL good. Hope you will give this recipe a try… it’s worth it!
- 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz. cream cheese , room temp, and cut into chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 drops blue food coloring (optional, but it helps enhances the color)
- 1 cube butter , melted
- 1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- Place blueberries and sugar into blender or food processor. Blend/pulse until liquified.
- Add cream cheese chunks and vanilla. Mix until fairly smooth.
- Add milk; blend well. Pour mixture into large bowl. Add whipping cream and whisk to combine.
- Pour mixture into canister of ice cream maker, and freeze per manufacturer instructions. When done, remove to a covered container and place in freezer.
- Place the water, sugar and cornstarch into a medium sized sauce pan. Stir until smooth. Add the blueberries. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, for about 6-7 minutes, until blueberries have popped, and the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
- Mix graham cracker crust ingredients until well blended. Reserve about 1/2 cup for garnish. Set aside. Divide the rest between 4 small tart pans with removable bottoms. Press crumb mixture firmly down to form bottom crust in pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool completely. Do not remove crust from pan. Once crust has cooled completely, spoon blueberry ice cream into each shell to fill to top of the tart pan. Place in freezer for an hour or two to completely firm up.
- Spread some of the blueberry sauce onto individual serving plates. Sprinkle with a little of the graham crumb mixture. Carefully remove the ice cream tart from the pan by gently pushing up on the bottom to remove from pan, then slide the tart off the bottom tray onto the blueberry sauce on the serving plate. Spoon a little blueberry sauce on top of the tart, then sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs. Let finished plates sit for a couple minutes to soften ice cream slightly, then serve and enjoy!
Most of the prep time is INACTIVE time... just waiting for ice cream to harden in freezer. I made up the ice cream, sauce and crust early in the day, then it was a snap to assemble later in the evening. ALL can be made ahead of time, if needed.