Saturday, June 11, 2011

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

This just might be the best strawberry ice cream recipe EVER! The recipe came with the new 1/2-gallon tabletop freezer Bill bought for us. He was just not happy to share his ice cream, so he bought a bigger freezer in order to always have some leftovers! Always thinking.... always eating....never gaining an ounce.... UGH!

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
3 cups ripe fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced
4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
2 3/4 cups cream (or 1/2 & 1/2)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine sliced (or chopped) strawberries, lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for 2 hrs. Strain the berries and reserve the juice. Mash or puree 1/2 the berries. Set remainder aside.

Combine milk and sugar in small mixing bowl. Mix with electric mixer until sugar is dissolved - 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream, strawberry juice, mashed berries and vanilla. Pour into tabletop 1/2 gallon ice cream machine and turn on. Run until mixture is soft frozen, about 25 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is complete, add remaining berries. Transfer to freezer container and place in freezer to firm up and ripen for about 2 hrs.

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