Friday, July 1, 2016

Homemade strawberry ice cream

You know how I feel about strawberries (they're my favorite food, just in case you've missed my 475 previous references to this fact); I'm also a great enthusiast of ice cream (possibly also mentioned before). For a few years now, ever since we started making homemade ice cream, I've been saying that I reeeeally wanted to make some strawberry ice cream, but somehow, in spite of my convictions that this would be a super-neato-extra-wonderful idea, we had never gotten around to it. There were lots of other flavors to try. Finally, on Father's Day, we made strawberry.

We used a recipe called Sensational Strawberry Ice Cream, from our favorite ice cream cookbook, The Best Ice Cream Maker Cookbook Ever, by Peggy Fallon. If you're into homemade ice cream and have never seen this book before, I recommend it highly. I also have one published by Ben and Jerry, of obvious fame, and as much as I love Ben and Jerry's commercial ice cream, I think Fallon's book is better. The recipes are easier, use fewer ingredients, seem to freeze better and, I think, mostly taste better.

Sensational Strawberry Ice Cream

You'll need:
3 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
1 pint heavy cream
1 pint half-and-half or light cream

(If you're wondering about strawberry weight/volume measurements, I found a helpful resource here).

One thing I loved about Fallon's strawberry ice cream recipe is that there are no eggs, which means no cooking is involved (this type of ice cream, often called "Philadelphia-style," relies on the frozen cream for thickening). It's just some slicing, mashing and mixing before the whole mixture goes into the ice cream maker for churning. First, wash, hull and slice the berries, placing them in a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup sugar and leave the berries for an hour. Just walk away. While you're gone, the berries will macerate (break down) and become juicier. Come back and mash them up with a potato masher. You can mash them as much as you like, but I felt like leaving mine a little chunky. I like a nice bite of fruit in my ice cream.

Stir the heavy cream, half-and-half and remaining sugar into the strawberries. Then ladle up a tall glass for yourself and sit on the back porch with a good book. Just kidding...sort of.

 Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker's canister...

And churn, baby, churn!

Transfer the churned ice cream to containers for freezing (this recipe gave me about three pints of ice cream), and give the beaters to somebody you love.

We tried ours after freezing for about four hours. It was a bit soft, but certainly frozen enough to scoop (longer freezing results in a much harder ice cream; we let it soften on the counter for a few minutes before scooping). It was wonderful! The strawberries came through very nicely and it was creamy and sweet but fresh-tasting with a light, whipped texture. My favorite strawberry ice cream when I was a kid came from Friendly's (gosh, I miss Friendly's; if you're in the northeast, can you please go eat there for me? The Bear and I had our first cheap date at a (no longer existent) Friendly's on Highland Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. Order a chicken wrap sandwich with honey-mustard sauce and think of poor, Friendly's-less me). Sorry for the Friendly's tangent...I couldn't help it. In my opinion, this strawberry ice cream was even better than theirs, I'll have you know, even in Fribble shake form and that's saying something. I'm so glad we tried making strawberry ice cream this time!


  1. that's really lovely! I love both strawberries and ice cream too! :)))

  2. It sounds so yummy. Our ice cream maker sits unused in the garage right now... Perhaps when the rain stops and British summer returns I'll feel inspired to make some ice cream of my own . X

  3. It sounds so yummy. Our ice cream maker sits unused in the garage right now... Perhaps when the rain stops and British summer returns I'll feel inspired to make some ice cream of my own . X

  4. That does look really scrummy, Jennifer! :o)

  5. Delicious, I really must give that a go while strawberries are in season. We've been eating huge bowls of them with cream for the past couple of weeks now, soon we'll get to the "Oh, not strawberries again" stage. I shall dig out the ice-cream maker and get to work. CJ xx

  6. Thinking I might have to invest in an ice cream maker! This looks delicious!

  7. Just back from a few days away and catching up on posts. Your strawberry ice cream looks delish. Note to self - go to a pick your own farm next week! I loved your Georgia O'Keeffe post too. xx

  8. I made some on Wednesday and added a little drop of rose water and it really brought out the summery taste. I love my ice cream maker - a great way to use up glut fruit from the freezer that would otherwise be soggy to eat. Looking good Jennifer. Jo x

  9. So delicious! I love strawberries too and your creamy strawberry ice cream sounds perfect to me!
    Wishing you a happy weekend Jennifer.
    Helen xox

  10. It looks so good, I love strawberry ice cream and homemade is even better. One of mine and Mac's early dates was to a now defunct ice cream parlor called Lois's. We shared a banana split. We go out now sometimes and have one in memory .

  11. Mmm, that looks so good! X

  12. Jennifer, you had me at the first picture. My mouth was literally watering with that photo! Strawberry ice cream is my husbands favorite flavor. Me, anything chocolate has my vote! I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July with your sweet family.

  13. Strawberries are just a brilliant fruit ...

    All great photo's especially the second to last one!

    All the best Jan

  14. Your ice cream looks perfect! Your Friendly's tangent was fully appreciated by me. Once my girls conspired with a friend to get his family and ours to Friendly's for ice cream after church at the same time :) Thanks for a sweet post! xxxxx

  15. That looks delicious! I like that recipe due to no cooking. I made LOTS of homemade ice cream when the kids were little as we raised Nubian dairy goats and often had a LOT of surplus milk. My specialty was coffee ice cream and peppermint. I was given a vial of pure peppermint oil from a food lab friend and you only had to use ONE drop. Banana is good too.. and home made chocolate sauce over vanilla. Fun! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  16. Oh wow! This looks amazing, Jennifer! I'm going to see if our library has that ice cream book in. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I bet it would be good with raspberries too. :-)

  17. It looks so yummy I want some now! have a lovely day. :) xx

  18. Looks delicious, I am now thinking I might invest in an ice cream maker, using the Grandchildren as an excuse. Well, it would be nice for them to have a treat when they visit....

  19. Oh Jennifer it looks fabulous - I do like a bit of ice cream. An ice cream maker is on my list this summer (if summer ever arrives this year in the UK that is!), I do make ice cream without one but it involves a great number of trips to the freezer armed with a fork. Thank you for sharing the recipe and have a lovely week xx


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