Thursday, June 23, 2011

homemade fresh strawberry ice cream

My mom tried out her new Cuisinart ice cream maker (from Costco) the other night. Delicious! She made homemade butter pecan ice cream tonight. I'll post that one too! I'm going to have to get one of these appliances. No rock salt, no hassle. You just freeze a part for 24 hours and within 30 minutes (plus prep time) you can have homemade ice cream!

homemade fresh strawberry ice cream (recipe came with Cuisinart ice cream maker)

1 pint fresgh ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup sugar, divided

1 cup whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/3 cup of the sugar; stir gently and allow the strawberries to macerate in the juices for 2 hours. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer or a whisk to combine the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes on low speed. Stir in the heavy cream plus any accumulated juices from the strawberries and vanilla. Turn the Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker on, pour mixture into freezer bowl through ingredient spout and let mix until thickened, about 25 to 30 minutes. Add the sliced strawberries during the last 5 minutes of freezing. Note: this ice cream will have a "natural" appearance of very pale pink; if a deeper pink is desire, sparingly add drops of red food coloring until desired color is achieved. Optional: 2 hours to "ripen" in freezer.

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