Nothing says summer much more than homemade ice cream, right? Maybe playing in the sprinklers and blowing bubbles is a close second, but having something cool to eat is sure nice when the weather heats up!
My dad believes that homemade ice cream must be made in an old crank machine, and while my nostalgic self might agree, my modern self is content with my small, countertop electric machine.
Some ice cream recipes call for making a cooked custard, then letting it cool before you freeze it. I like that flavor in ice cream, but sometimes, something simple is more desirable. Strawberries are in season and it's a perfect time to mix some cream, half-and-half, vanilla, and sugar and freeze it. This quick recipe allows the flavor of the fruit to really come through.
I cut up the strawberries and sweetened them just a little and let them set in the refrigerator for a while till they started breaking down a little. Then I mashed them up a little and added them to the ice cream just before it was set. You could do this with any fruit or berries.
When it is set, dip it into a container suitable for the freezer and allow it to freeze for several hours before serving.
Perfectly fresh taste of summer …
Sidenote: I always thought my husband's favorite ice cream was chocolate chip and while he does like that one a lot, I only learned today that Strawberry is his absolutely favorite flavor! I've known the man for about 28 years and never realized this fact about him! See? There's always new things to learn about each other!
Sidenote #2: The recipe I have for download includes options for creating other flavors. Check it out!