Strawberry Ice Cream
Summer equals fresh strawberries and all kinds of berries. Summer is also synonymous with ice cream. Strawberries + ice cream = the most delicious, refreshing summer dessert.
The ice cream truck has been making daily rounds through our neighborhood for the past couple of months. For some reason, this temptation on wheels always makes its appearance just before dinner time. It’s a great excuse for not obliging the sudden chorus of ice-cream entreaties. Once in awhile, I’ll put on my nice hat. I’ll stand in that ice-cream truck line and get something the kids can save in the freezer for after dinner. Occasionally. But if my guys want homemade ice cream? To that, I almost always say yes 🙂
Only Pure Ingredients in this Strawberry Ice Cream
If you hang around our site awhile, it’s clear that we aren’t always health nuts. These days, it’s more about balance for us. 🙂 However. I do like to know what our food contains, and I especially love when I can easily pronounce the entire ingredient list. Simple is good. That’s why I always say yes to homemade ice cream – it tastes amazing, and the ingredients are simple and natural. My easy little ice cream maker has been getting a good workout, with strawberry ice cream being a favorite.
No Tempering Eggs Involved
This Strawberry Ice Cream is one of the easiest ice cream recipes. It’s not a heavier custard based ice cream, so there’s no tricky egg work involved. Whole milk and cream give this ice cream its lightly creamy texture.
A generous heap of strawberries (and other berries!) lend their beautiful color and flavor. You can use fresh or frozen berries here; If using fresh strawberries, you’ll just need to give them time to macerate in sugar first. You’ll be well-rewarded.
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Strawberry Ice Cream
- If you’re only using fresh strawberries, slice them and stir with 1/4 cup of the given sugar, allowing to sit and macerate for 2 hours. Other berries do not need macerating. If your mixed berries are frozen, it’s best to leave them frozen.
- In a bowl, whisk together the milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in heavy cream and vanilla, and whisk to combine well.
- Turn ice cream make on and pour milk/cream mixture in. Follow directions on your ice cream maker for churning; generally about 25-30 minutes.
- During last 5-10 minutes of churning, add the strawberries (including juices from macerating, if any.)
- Ice cream may be soft and need to firm up in freezer for 2-3 hours before serving.