Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bars

As summer comes to a close and fall is right around the corner, I wanted to be sure to post this summer treat. I made these little guys to take on our vacation at the end of August. They’re a great refreshing treat that will cool you down after being out in the sun all day. Everyone really enjoyed these and no one guessed that I made them dairy free so I could enjoy them too!

The recipe says to only put the blueberry compote on top of the ice cream, but I decided to put it on both sides of the ice cream and swirl it in. I’m glad I did. I love the look of the blueberry swirls!

I’ll definitely be making these again next summer and plan to try a variety of flavor combinations. Tons of other fruits go with lemon and I’d even like to try different ice cream flavors as well. I would love to make them with a raspberry or strawberry compote and cheesecake flavored ice cream. One note though, when I make these again, I think I’d decrease the amount of ice cream in the bars. They are pretty thick, as you can see in the photos, and it’s hard to bite all the way through a bar at once (if you notice though, the pictures on Gourmet don’t make them look very thick…).

Lemon Ice Cream Sandwich Bars – from Gourmet – makes 8 barsFor Lemon Ice Cream
2 pints premium vanilla ice cream - I used Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean made with Coconut Milk
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For Blueberry Compote2 cups blueberries (10 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
2 (3- by 21/2-inch) strips lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

For Sandwich Layers1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened - I used Earth Balance
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Make Lemon Ice CreamTransfer ice cream to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 30 percent power in 10-second intervals, stirring, until softened, about 50 seconds total.

Stir in lemon zest and juice. Spread ice cream thinly in a 13- by 9-inch baking dish and freeze while making compote and sandwich layers.

Make Blueberry CompoteCook blueberries, sugar, and zest in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, thoroughly crushing blueberries with a potato masher, until juices are released and sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Stir together lemon juice and cornstarch, then stir into blueberry mixture. Boil, stirring, 1 minute (mixture will thicken).

Transfer blueberry compote to a bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Discard lemon zest.

Make Sandwich Layers while Compote ChillsPreheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter baking pans and line with foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang on each side, then butter foil.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat together butter and brown sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. At low speed, add flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing until just combined.

Divide batter between baking pans and spread into thin, even layers with offset spatula. Bake until golden-brown but still tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely in pans, about 30 minutes.

Assemble SandwichesDollop tablespoons of blueberry compote all over ice cream, then swirl it gently through ice cream with a spoon. Spoon all of ice cream over 1 sandwich layer (in pan) and spread evenly using clean offset spatula (I dropped spoonfuls of the blueberry compote on the bottom cookie, then topped with all of the ice cream, then the rest of the compote on top of the ice cream. I then took a knife and swirled the blueberry compote and ice cream together). Invert second sandwich layer over ice cream, pressing gently to form an even sandwich. Wrap baking pan in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

Transfer sandwich to a cutting board using overhang. Trim edges if desired, then cut into 8 pieces.

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16 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bars”

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    oneordinaryday — September 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I guess they would be hard to bite into, but if you made them thinner you wouldn’t have such a beautiful swirl of blueberry in there. They look fabulous.

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    Jade — September 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Those look amazing! Totally on my list!

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    Mimi — September 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    These look delicious. I love lemon and blueberries.
    Mimi

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    nutmegnanny — September 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    These look great! Maybe a little thinner would be better but either way they must have tasted fantastic!

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    Ingrid — September 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Yum, I think your idea of a cheesecake ice cream brillant. I agree those swirls are gorgeous!
    ~ingrid

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    stephchows — September 17, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    mmmmm i’d love to have a batch of those sitting in front of me right now!

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    Melissa — September 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    These are too pretty to eat! I love the blueberry/lemon combo.

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    Joelen — September 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    These look outstanding! I love the swirls and the combo of lemon and blueberry is always a winner!

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    Colleen — September 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Looks delicious! Gorgeous photos.

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    SugarCooking — September 19, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Those look great! What a beautiful photo!

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    eliza — September 19, 2009 at 2:09 am

    very nice! look just exactly like the ones in the magazine!

    eliza
    http://fooddiary.blogsome.com

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    Stephanie Wagner — September 21, 2009 at 11:06 am

    These are amazing! I didn’t know they were dairy free… We just found our little nephew is allergic to dairy, I’ll have to make these for him.

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    A & W — September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Just as gorgeous as they were on the cover of Gourmet. Saw these on tastespotting and knew I recognized them! Yum!

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    A & W — September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Just as gorgeous as they were on the cover of Gourmet. Saw these on tastespotting and knew I recognized them! Yum!

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    Joudie's Mood Food — August 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    This looks ……… WOW!!!!

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    offmotorway — September 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

    What a great idea! One of the best looking desserts I’ve seen in a long time – irresistable!

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