Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Oh dear…I’ve found a whole new way to add calories to my diet. I recently purchased an ice cream freezer and feel like a kid with a new toy. I’ve tried my hand at a boozy lemon sorbet (so delicious) and this luscious fresh strawberry ice cream, and am looking forward to all the frozen treats that summertime has to offer.

Despite the cold, wet weather local berries are appearing at the market and they are sweet and juicy so strawberry ice cream was the logical choice for my first attempt at making ice cream.  This recipe is in the pamphlet that comes with the machine and is very rich, almost too much so for my taste, and next time I will try a recipe with fewer eggs, but if you like an over the top, rich ice cream you will love this.

Premium Fresh Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream

2 cups thinly sliced, hulled fresh strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1 whole vanilla bean
2 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar

Combine strawberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and lemon juice and let macerate for 2 hours.

Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan. Use a sharp knife to split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise.  Use the blunt edge to scrape out the seeds.  Stir the seeds and bean pod into the milk/cream mixture. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar in a medium bowl.  Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat until the mixture is thick, smooth, and pale yellow in color, about 2 minutes.

Remove the vanilla bean pod from the cream mixture.  Pour out 1 cup of the hot liquid.  With the mixer on low speed, add the cup of hot cream to the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream.  When thoroughly combined pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and stir to combine.  Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.  Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the custard, and chill completely.

Drain the strawberries and pour the juice into the chilled custard. Freeze according to the directions for your ice cream freezer, adding the sliced berries the last 5 minutes of chilling.  Transfer the ice cream to an air tight container and freeze for several hours or overnight.  In my opinion the flavor and texture improve if the mixture ages overnight.  But sometimes we just have to eat it immediately…we just have to.

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  1. From the Kitchen says

    Thank you for the timely post. Strawberries are just appearing in our farmers' market. And, if you don't consider the milk, heavy cream, sugar and eggs, it is quite healthy!!


  2. Pam says

    Having an ice cream maker can be very dangerous. Strawberry ice cream is my favorite – yours looks creamy and delicious.

  3. Allie and Pattie says

    You're killin' me here! I've been trying to put off getting that ice cream maker and you remind me of this??!!
    xoxo pattie

  4. Mary says

    This really looks delightful, Cathy. It looks like you are having fun with that new machine. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. Karen @ Mignardise says

    Still waiting for local strawberries. When I get them, I now know one thing I'll be doing with them. Thanks!

  6. Foodessa says

    Here in Quebec…we were told that strawberries were a week earlier this year. Yippie…but…they forgot to tell us how terribly tart they are!
    I'm safe-keeping a few strawberry recipes for when our red sweets are ready to be manipulated.
    I admit, that before I'd eat a fruit ice-cream…I'll take the caramels, coffee and chocolate as first choices. If I want to shake things up…all I have to do is pick up your wonderful recipe for strawberry ice-cream ;o)
    Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

  7. Karen says

    This is such a beautiful color and looks absolutely delicious! This is why I don't buy an ice cream maker! 😉

  8. Marilyn says

    Love strawberry ice cream. It's my favorite. I need to make some soon. A perfect way to have strawberries. I am in a strawberry mood, thinking of jam too.

  9. SavoringTime in the Kitchen says

    I still haven't gotten mine out of storage from the cold months but soon I will. I've been seeing many tempting ice cream recipes and yours is one of them! I love strawberry ice cream.

  10. Rettabug says

    Oh my…drool…this looks soooo yummy about now!

    Cathy, thanks for the advice about dipping strawberries into sour creme & then brown sugar. I can't wait to try it! I had a feeling that dish special little basket I found was for strawberries!

    I hope to make your salad from the previous post with grilled chicken to take to my sister's home tomorrow. Thanks for such an easy recipe. It looks & sounds yummy, too.!

    Our Farmers Markets haven't opened yet, that I know of. It is still a little rainy here. Can't wait till next month, though. 😀

  11. ReluctantYankee says

    Kicking off the season making this ice cream for my husband's birthday…YUM! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Pondside says

    You are going to have fun with that ice cream maker, aren't you? How about Blackberry Ice Cream?

  13. teresa says

    oh my, i've seen so much delicious homemade ice cream floating around lately, this looks so good! your pictures are lovely.

  14. Barbara Bakes says

    I recently made the premium vanilla bean ice cream from the pamphlet and I had the same reaction – too eggy. It didn't stop me from gobbling it up, but I'd probably use less eggs next time too. Strawberry is definitely on my must make list. Yours looks pretty in your sundae dish.

  15. Red Nomad OZ says

    Hi Cathy! Thanx for dropping by the other day – great to hear from you! As for this recipe – looks WONDERFUL! Hope the ice cream maker continues its workout – will be great to see what else you do with it if they're all as good as this looks!

  16. Joyce says

    My daughter is bringing down my ice cream maker to the beach house on Wed and I can't wait to make strawberry ice cream and blueberry/cream cheese. No wonder why my bathing suit just about fits me:-)

  17. My Little Space says

    I need some of these right away! It has been so hot over here. Feel so cooling just watching at it! hehe…. Have a nice day!
    Cheers, Kristy


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