Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Strawberry Ice Cream


It's strawberry season for a wee bit longer here in New Jersey, so there's no better time than the present to make strawberry ice cream. If you live in a place where they're juicy and sweet right now, take advantage of the short time strawberries are still available at farm stands and farmers' markets. 
I have a few of my own plants growing in the garden this Spring, but not nearly enough are ripening all at once to make this recipe. These ruby beauties came from a local farm stand and were luscious - perfect for making strawberry ice cream.
I put the strawberries and some sugar into the food processor, and added a few tablespoons of this strawberry liqueur. It not only gives the strawberries a flavor boost, but the alcohol keeps the ice cream from becoming rock hard in the freezer. If you can't find it, add some kirsch, or even vodka, or a liqueur that you love.

I don't like to use raw eggs in recipes, so I cooked the eggs, milk and sugar together for a short while, until it coated a spoon. Make sure you use low heat, or you may end up with a curdled mess. Then let it cool, preferably overnight.
Mix all the ingredients together at this point, pop it into your ice cream machine (I got mine at a garage sale several years ago) and turn on the switch. It will do its own thing and start forming ice cream. The colder the mixture you pour in, the quicker it will become ice cream. I kept the mixture in the refrigerator overnight and once I poured it into the machine, it took about 15 minutes to turn into ice cream.
This recipe makes a large amount and I made a mistake in churning it all in at once, instead of in two batches. As you can see, I had quite a bit of spillage.
After I removed some of the ice cream from the machine to store in the freezer, I added some dark chocolate that I cut into bits to the remaining amount. 
 The result - strawberry chocolate chip ice cream. 
Enjoy. 
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Strawberry Ice Cream
printable recipe here

1 quart fresh strawberries
2 T. fresh lemon juice
3 T. strawberry liqueur (or any other liqueur you like)
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
optional: 4 ounces dark chocolate, cut into bits

Put the washed strawberries in a food processor and pulse until you have small pieces. Don't totally liquify it. Put into a bowl and add 1/4 cup of the sugar and the strawberry liqueur.  Let it sit a couple of hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and add in the rest of the sugar (3/4 cup), the milk and the cream. Put the mixture into a pot and heat it over low to medium heat, stirring until it thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Be careful not to overheat it or boil it, or you may end up with a curdled mess.
Put the mixture into the refrigerator overnight if possible. You could let it sit for as little as four hours, but the colder it is, the less your ice cream machine will have to work and the sooner you'll have ice cream.
The next day, pour the milk, cream and egg mixture into the ice cream maker along with the strawberry mixture. Process according to your manufacturer's instructions.
Optional: Mix in small bits of dark chocolate when it's almost at the point where it's thick enough to eat.

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11 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Absolutely divine, I'm sure!

Cheers,

Rosa

i Pasticci di Terry said...

Buonissimo il tuo gelato, complimenti anche per il blog

Proud Italian Cook said...

That looks better than anything you could ever buy in a store! Love the strawberry liqueur addition and chocolate, what a combo!

Chiara Giglio said...

non ho la gelatiera, devo resistere e non comperarla, mangerei gelati tutto il giorno ! Buono alla fragola !

Claudia said...

Our MN strawberries are in! Early! They're small , sweet and luscious. The ice cream is on my agenda for the 4th. We used to go strawberry picking but that's fallen by the wayside now that the kid's are grown. I like that you cook the eggs a bit. I always do - even using farm fresh. This is the quintessential summer treat.

Paola said...

How perfect for a warm summer's day! Grazie Linda

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

MMMmmmmmm Ice cream is my husband's weakness. He would eat this all in one sitting if I made this! It looks so delicious!

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

You've hit on my weakness -- gelato!! I don't like the super sweet ice cream -- the strawberry fruit would be ideal. Hmmmmmm! May I come over and help clean up your ice cream maker :-)?? I do a very good job at clean up. My hubby won't get an ice cream maker -- it's his weakness too. BUT!! Where there's a will there's a way -- I have a plot -er- plan. Grazie per la ricetta. I wish I could go with you to Italy. I can't imagine a better place to be creative. Buona giornata!

Frank Fariello said...

So happy it's ice cream season again! You know, I love strawberries but the one flavor of ice cream I didn't care for when I was a kid was strawberry. It's an aversion I've kept but I wonder if the ice cream is made with real, fresh strawberries, I wouldn't change my mind... Worth a try!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This flavor sounds amazing with the strawberry liqueur and chocolate!

Trisha Thomas said...

Linda, this looks scrumptious -- I love the dark chocolate added in at the end. What a special touch. And I wish I could take part in the writing seminar-- I have been to that place and it is gorgeous!
Baci from Rome,
Trisha