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April 21, 2014


Strawberry Ice Cream


Spring comes early to southern California and one of the perks of living here is the gorgeous strawberries that are grown right down the street from our house. Before I even had a chance to pick some up at the farmer’s market I came home to find a box of perfectly ripe berries left at our front door by a former neighbor who was thanking us for a favor.

Of course I immediately began snacking on them, but soon realized that there were more than we could eat in a day or two. Knowing how fast strawberries over-ripen I decided to puree them. Right then I knew that there would be strawberry ice cream in our future. I’m happy to say that there’s still some left in the freezer, at least I think there is. J. has been known to sneak a bowl when I’m not around…

ice cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 lb strawberries (3 cups), trimmed and quartered
6-8 large strawberries, quartered
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Special equipment: an ice-cream maker and an instant-read thermometer

Combine cream and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat.

Whisk eggs with 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl, then add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking. Pour back into saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and an instant-read thermometer registers 170°F (do not let boil).

Immediately pour custard through a fine sieve into a metal bowl, then cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Chill, overed, at least until cold, about 2 hours, and up to 1 day.

While custard is chilling, purée strawberries with remaining 1/4 cup sugar and lemon juice in a blender until smooth, then force through fine sieve (to remove seeds) into chilled custard. Stir purée into custard. Add chopped strawberries.

Freeze in ice-cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.


9 thoughts on “Strawberry Ice Cream

  1. Yum. It sure sounds like a gelato recipe.

  2. Oh, my husband adores strawberry ice cream! And we’ve got lots! Thanks for the inspiration, and Buona Pasqua!

  3. Mmmmmmm Sounds deliciously refreshing!

  4. Strawberry and peach were the two ice creams my parents always made in the summertime. I’m sure I would enjoy your ice cream.

  5. Ummmm. Now I am in the mood for home-made ice cream. Yum. Blueberry season is coming. Peaches. Nectarines. Whatever. Yum.

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