Thursday, August 13, 2009

Strawberry Ice Cream

When our nephew came to visit, I planned on making ice cream and letting him pick the flavor. I’ll admit I was really hoping he would choose a flavor like chocolate. But he already knew about the strawberries in the fridge, as he’d been snacking on them. He loves fruit of all kind, so I was sure to have lots to choose from when he came to visit, including cherries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, and bananas.

When discussing the ice cream, he instantly said “Strawberry!” Strawberry ice cream was what the Little Man wanted, and that’s what he would get! I just needed to decide on a recipe. I browsed a bunch of places, and finally decided on a recipe I saw on the website Recipezaar that claims to be like Ben & Jerry’s. This recipe was really interesting to me, because I’d never seen an ice cream recipe that included the egg whites. I’ll admit, I almost omitted them, but in the end went ahead and left them in. Once churned into creamy goodness, this ice cream tasted really delicious! I followed the advice of some of the reviewers, and pureed a portion of the strawberries. I think I pureed about 2/3 of them. The resulting color of the base (if your monitor is showing the colors properly) is a delicate pink color, with the bright little bits of strawberry interspersed throughout.

Now, this recipe says it’s supposed to taste like Ben & Jerry’s, but I don’t know I’ve ever had their strawberry, so I couldn’t tell you! (I’m more of a Phish Food & Cherry Garcia kinda gal.) But I do know it makes a great ice cream. I shared it with my coworkers and got LOTS of compliments! And, it tastes VERY delicious when scooped on top of a warm brownie.


Strawberry Ice Cream

adapted from RecipeZaar


1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar, divided
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup sugar in a mixing bowl, set aside in fridge for 1 hour.

Divide strawberries, and reserve 1/3 in the bowl as a mix-in, return to refrigerator. Puree remaining strawberries & juice until smooth.

In large mixing bowl beat eggs until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Gradually add 3/4 cups sugar, mixing well. Stir in milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; mix well. Gently stir in whipping cream just until combined.

Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instruction. After churning, gently mix in reserved strawberries. Freeze a couple hours until firm.

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