Sunday, July 15, 2007

Strawberry Ice Cream

Ice Cream! My parents gave me a new ice cream maker for my birthday and this was my first batch. Many to follow! I have a rapidly growing list of "must make" frozen treats. And so easy! It's so satisfying to watch the machine churn your ingredients into ice cream. So many possibilities! Continue for recipe.

Strawberry Ice Cream

2 lbs strawberries, sliced
several tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 t vanilla

Place strawberries in a bowl with lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar. Coarsely mash with a potato masher or fork. Let sit for at least 45 min. Drain strawberry juice into another bowl.

Add remaining sugar, milk, cream, and vanilla to juices; mix.

Place in ice cream maker and process about 20 min. Add strawberries and process about 5 more minutes. This yields a very soft ice cream. Freeze for several hours to firm.

**This is best eaten within several days. Although still really tasty after longer, it's not made with a custard base (egg yolks) and therefore gets icier the longer it's kept, instead of remaining creamy.

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