Monday, July 25, 2011

Strawberry Ice Cream

Because July is National Ice Cream Month, and because the outside of my house is finally painted, and because this dessert offered a most refreshing cool down during painting, I have to post this recipe.  You heard correctly, my house is FINALLY painted!  It took my little crew(me, my husband, and my two boys) almost a month and a whole bottle of sunscreen to complete this enormous task.  I have no desire to climb a ladder any time soon.  I'm sure you really don't care about that, you'd rather hear about the ice cream...fair enough.

I give credit to my sister for finding this recipe and I'm so glad she did.
Start by trimming 1 pound of strawberries.  I cut the tops off and halved them.  Combine the strawberries in a bowl with 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 tsp. lemon juice and 1/8 tsp. salt.  Mix this up and let sit for about 10 min.  As they sit, the strawberries will start to give off their wonderful juices.
Pour 3/4 cup heavy cream, 1 1/4 cups half and half, and 2 tsp. vanilla extract into a blender.
Add strawberry mixture to the blender and blend.
Blend just until there are no large strawberry chunks left. Chill this mixture in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours.
To complete this heavenly ice cream, pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions.  I have an ice cream maker bowl for my KitchenAid mixer (picture below).  It takes 20-30 minutes to turn it into ice cream.  My husband prefers to eat it straight from the ice cream maker.  It's like eating soft serve.  If you like your ice cream a little harder, transfer the ice cream into a sealed container and freeze for a few hours.
Strawberry Ice Cream
Whether you are working on a hot project or just enjoying a restful summer, you need to eat this ice cream.  You won't be disappointed.