It may not be obvious from the multi-day layer cakes and precisely-scaled candy projects, but most days, I am a lazy cook. Like most people with full lives, cooking doesn’t always make it to the top of my priority list. There are plenty of days when the question “what’s for dinner?” gets answered by ordering in or going out or boiling some noodles and dousing them with peanut sauce. And while it doesn’t quite match the picture I have in my head of the perfect, responsible-adult-vegetable-laden-home-cooked meal, it’s not so bad. Especially when it ends with one of these blackberry milkshakes.
They’re so simple. And so good. And just the thing, really, for a lazy dessert.
The blackberries from Mick Klug Farm have been extra special this year. They’re all sweetness and bright acidity, each tiny drupelet on the verge of bursting with deep purple juice. I’ve been bringing them home from the market by the pint-full.
They’re a perfect little finger-staining snack on their own. But I’m not the kind of person who’s willing to pretend that unadorned fruit equals dessert. We all know that’s a cruel joke. (That tends to be received with the hard eye roll it deserves.)
But fruit plus ice cream? Now you’re talking.
These blackberry milkshakes are so simple that I hesitate to call it a recipe.
It’s just a simple zizzing of berries into a puree in a blender, adding vanilla ice cream, and zizzing again until blended.
These milkshakes push the limits in the blackberry department. They’re shot through with fruit and have a lovely acidity to balance out the richness of the ice cream. The fruit puree is the only liquid in the milkshake–there’s no milk or anything else to help loosen up the ice cream into a straw-friendly format. It turns them a bold, saturated purple color, and I love that about them.
Honestly, they might be my favorite lazy dessert ever.
- 2 cups blackberries (1 pint)
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- Puree the blackberries in a blender until they form a liquid.
- Add the vanilla ice cream and blend until smooth.
- Divide into glasses and serve.