Recipe Review

Blackberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches Will Mark a Tasty Ending to an Unforgettably Sweet Summer

published Aug 12, 2022
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As children prepare to return to school, the lives of many parents have become a bit frantic. Thankfully, blogger and baker Sarah Fennel of @bromabakery has a recipe to help you enjoy the last few weeks of summer in the ways you were meant to: savoring the sunshine. And with these delicious Blackberry Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, what better way to beat the record-high heat than with something cool and sweet?

Since we aren’t making the brownies or ice cream from scratch, it is vital to select brands you love, as they will be a core component of the flavor profile. Before we dive into the recipe, it’s important to note that the ice cream will need to freeze overnight, so it’s essential not to make this the same day that you plan to eat it. Otherwise, this recipe is so easy to make it will be a go-to favorite for the remainder of this summer and beyond.

Start preparing the ice cream filling by lining a 9×9-inch pan with plastic wrap, and allow the vanilla ice cream to sit at room temperature while preparing the blackberry purée. Over low heat, cook half of the blackberries in a small saucepan with lemon juice for about 20 minutes or until the berries release their juices. To help extract the juices, use a fork to lightly mash the blackberries. Once done, allow the blackberry mixture to reach room temperature before using a mesh strainer to drain the liquid from the berries until you’ve gotten about 1/4 cup full of liquid. 

Next, you’ll transfer the ice cream into a large bowl and mix-in the blackberry liquid with a whisk until it is all combined. Take the mix, pour it into the pan, and place the rest of the blackberries in the mixture before freezing it all overnight.

For this next step, Sarah uses boxed brownies, but if you have a favorite brownie recipe of your own, you can use that instead. Make sure that the brownies are made to fit a 9×9-inch pan so that it aligns with the ice cream mixture. As soon as the brownies cool off, cautiously cut the full sheet of brownie in half and place one layer on a cutting board. Now, add the frozen blackberry ice cream on top of the first layer and top that off with the other brownie layer. Allow everything to harden in the freezer for 30 minutes, and once removed, cut it into squares before enjoying. 

If you’re not the biggest fan of ice cream, but love the combination of blackberries and chocolate, this recipe for blackberry brownies just may be your jam. And, if you’re in the mood for homemade instead of boxed brownies, you need to keep Jerrelle Guy’s tips to make the best brownies handy at all times.