The key to this ice cream is to puree the Strawberries to a milk shake thick consistency . Often recipes will tell you to mash them with a potato masher leaving you with lumps of Strawberries, which become little frozen Strawberry ice balls in the finished Ice Cream. I find this to be an unpleasant experience.
This is a simple easy recipe that renders a creamy intense Strawberry ice cream. Perfect to whip up on those hot, humid, summer days when you don’t want to turn the oven on!
Strawberry Ice Cream
Often recipes will tell you to make the Ice Cream a day in advance so the custard will be well chilled, I find I don’t always have the patience for this and find that an ice bath will chill your custard down in about an hour making it machine ready way quicker. Up to you.
Clean, stem, and cut in half 1 1/2 cups of fresh local seasonal Strawberries. Place them in a bowl, sprinkle with 1/4 cup Sugar, stir and place in the fridge for about an hour.
When the Strawberries have finished macerating place them in the bowl of a blender (a food processor will work in a pinch but a blender is better) blend until thick and lump free.
Fill a large bowl with ice and some cold water. Place in that bowl a smaller bowl and add the Strawberry puree.
Separate 3 Large Organic Eggs. Keeping the whites for another purpose. Whisk the yolks lightly and reserve.
In a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat add 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream and 1/2 cup of Sugar stirring until the sugar melts and the cream starts to steam but does not boil. Add 1/3 cup of the hot cream mixture to the egg yolks and whisk , add another 1/3 cup and continue to whisk, then add the egg yolk cream mixture back into the bot of remaining cream and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick enough it coats the back of the spoon, should only talk a few minutes. Pour the custard through a fine sieve into the bowl of Strawberry puree, stir to mix completely, stir in 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract then let the ice bath do its magic. Stir every 15 or so minutes – in an hour it should be cold if not add more ice and wait another half hour or so.