Even though I’m more a fan of savory than sweet when cooking, delicious summer fruit always inspires me towards desserts in the kitchen. After a trip to the farmer’s market, where I picked up a couple pints of strawberries, I wanted to use them for a patriotic dessert.
A couple of years ago I impulsively bought an electric ice cream maker. I had nostalgic visions of my mom and dad setting up the manual crank/dry ice version in the back yard during the summers. It sure made a tasty dessert for 4th of July barbecues. I hoped that this ice cream maker would do those memories justice, without all that work. Since I’m not really an ice cream eater, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually used the machine. It does make good ice cream though so I thought why not try making some strawberry ice cream.
The ingredients are very simple…
1.5 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar (divided 1/3 and 2/3)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla
1. Put the strawberries in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and 1/3 cup of sugar, stir together until sugar is dissolved, and let sit for about 2 hours.
My strawberries were already fairly ripe, so I didn’t need the full two hours to get them softened and to make the “syrup” needed.
2. Separate strawberries from syrup, but don’t discard either.
3. In a larger bowl, whisk together the milk and remaining 2/3 cup of sugar for about 2 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Then add the cream, vanilla, and some of the strawberry syrup. I just eyeballed it, maybe 2 tbsp. Whisk together until combined.
4. Place the ice cream maker’s freezer bowl into the machine and turn the machine on. Pour the milk mixture into the bowl and let it run for about 25 minutes, or until ice cream begins to set up.
6. The ice cream can be eaten at that time, but its consistency is more like a soft serve. Instead, I poured the ice cream in a freezer safe container and put it in the freezer for a few hours because I prefer it a little more frozen.
It turned out delicious. What a great treat for the summer!
Happy 4th of July!