Strawberry season is officially here, and that means lots of fresh strawberry desserts are in the works! I’ve been waiting with baited breath for local berries to become available; staring longingly at the roadside farm stand near our house each time we drove by. Last weekend the farm announced their berries were finally ready, and opened with a lovely display of buckets and buckets of fresh strawberries.
I picked up a big flat of sweet, bright red berries, and my first order of business was making this creamy, homemade strawberry ice cream. Frozen desserts of all kinds are a hands-down favorite in the Swoon Kitchen, but it’s pretty hard to top fresh-churned homemade ice cream, particularly when it’s bursting with fresh, flavorful fruit. Happy Eating!
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Whisk together the egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar, vanilla and salt, then add the milk and whisk to combine. Pour into a medium saucepan, and cook, stirring continuously, over medium heat until the custard mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 10-15 minutes.
- Slowly stir in the cream, then remove from the heat and strain into a bowl through a fine-mesh sieve. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, gently pressing the plastic on to the surface of the custard. This will prevent a “skin” from forming. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until thoroughly chilled. Be sure that the custard mix is completely cold all the way through before it goes into the ice cream maker.
- Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mash together the sliced strawberries and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and let sit refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.
- Churn the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions, for approximately 20-30 minutes, slowly adding the chilled strawberry mixture as it churns. The ice cream will become the consistency of soft-serve. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer-safe container, such as a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan, and let chill in the freezer for at least an hour to firm up. Depending on your freezer settings this may take two or three hours. Serve with more fresh strawberries!