Strawberries are coming into season right now, and while I love eating them as they are, I also love making ice cream with them. This is a fairly easy recipe that doesn't need many ingredients, and the results are fantastic. I will be using the vanilla custard that I made earlier when making vanilla ice cream, and this post continues on that. The vanilla custard is a base out of which many ice cream variations can be made from.
- 1 vanilla custard portion from the French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
- 500 gr (1 pound) strawberries, chopped
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
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I love strawberries, you can use frozen ones, if you are in a pinch, but make sure to strain the seeds. With fresh strawberries you don't need to do that, since they are soft.
Wash the strawberries first, and trim of the leaves.
Juice a lemon and save two tablespoons. (Use the rest of the juice for a nice fresh lemonade).
Slice the strawberries into small chunks .
After you have diced them, sprinkle them with two tablespoons of sugar and leave them to steep for 20 minutes, so that all of the flavors will infuse.
Take the chilled custard out of the fridge. The custard needs to me made one day ahead, so that it's cold for your ice cream maker. If you are not using one, then you can make the custard the same day, but make sure that it's completely cooled before preparing the strawberries.
Puree the strawberries in a small blender, or if you don't have one, use a fork and mash them. If you mash them you will have small chunks of strawberry in the finished product.
Put the strawberry puree and the lemon juice into the vanilla custard and mix thoroughly.
Put the custard into your ice cream maker.
Tip if you don't have an Ice Cream maker: If you don't have an Ice Cream Maker don't be alarmed. You can make this without one (even though It won't taste quite the same). The trick is, once you pour the mixture into the airtight container in the end, take it out of the freezer every 30 minutes for the next 5-6 hours and give it a good stir. That way you'll get rid of the ice crystals that stop the ice cream from being creamy.
This is creamy, rich and refreshing. The strawberries come out nicely in this and they are very flavorful. This makes a lot of ice cream. Store it in an airtight container and put it in your freezer.
What types of ice creams do you like? Do you make your own? I know buying it is convenient, but the taste of fresh ice cream is unbeatable and it's so easy to make. Thanks for stopping by!