If you've ever been to Duckfat, one of Portland, Maine's hotspot restaurants, you know they make some of the best milkshakes around. While you can't go wrong with one of their panini or an order of poutine served over duck fat fries, it's their milkshakes we crave the most — specifically the Maine blueberry shake. Inspired by the folks at Duckfat, we developed a milkshake recipe with a base that's even better than ice cream and blended in just the right amount of ripe blueberries. If there is just one cool, creamy treat that makes its way into your hands this summer, it should be this rich blueberry milkshake.
Use Gelato Instead of Ice Cream for a Totally Amazing Milkshake
Part of what makes Duckfat's milkshakes so incredible is their choice of ingredients — namely, swapping the standard ice cream base for extra-creamy gelato. Following their lead, this version starts with vanilla gelato. And because each ingredient really shines through in this shake, I recommend picking up a good-quality pint.
While gelato starts out with a similar custard base as ice cream, it uses a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs. It's also churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato more dense than ice cream. Not only does gelato make this shake especially luxurious, but it also leaves it with an even milkier flavor that lets the intensity of the blueberries shine through. To up that milky flavor and creamy texture even more, we threw in a couple spoonfuls of milk powder for good measure.
Maine Blueberry Milkshake
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 to 3/4 cup whole milk, divided
2 tablespoons powdered milk
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pint vanilla gelato
Place 2 pint glasses in the freezer to chill.
Place the blueberries, 1/2 cup of the milk, powdered milk, honey, and vanilla in a blender and blend until the blueberries are puréed and the mixture is well-combined, about 45 seconds.
Add the gelato and stir it into the milk mixture by hand. Blend thoroughly. If it's too thick, add up to 1/4 cup more milk and blend again. Pour into the chilled glasses and enjoy immediately.