it is an absolutely, insanely, ridiculously nice day here in seattle! i'm talkin not a cloud in the sky, birds chirping, a perfect 75 degree morning. pete and i are sitting/laying on our back porch in our new lounge chairs we got from target yesterday...and they are pretty much the best thing that happened so far this summer. if you saw us right now......you'd be so jealous of our x-treme chill zone. my head is in the shade but our feetzies and legs are soaking up the rays.
what else besides back porch lounging screams summaaaaaaa???
why, fresh strawberry ice cream, of course!
strawberry ice cream is something i would get once every blue moon growing up because chocolatey goodness is always my constant go-to. but every now and again, strawberry ice cream is just sooo GOOD. and CLASSIC. reminds me of my grandpa somehow..although i think his ice cream of choice is pecan or pralines and cream or something old folks are generally stoked on.
p.s. my grandma and grandpa just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this week! i love them.
those raspberries have nothing to do with this recipe except we bought them from the produce stand with our strawberries that day and they're just cute in their little teal container. however, you could add the rasps to this recipe for some extra oomph and flava!
i roasted the strawberries in the oven for just a little bit with brown sugar. i used way less sugar in the actual ice cream because i think that roasting the strawbs with brown sugar made them extra complex and sweet. can you call a strawberry complex? i don't know, but the brown sugar definitely deepened the natural sweetness of the strawberries.
and the zest of one lemon for some extra zing and freshness!
here it is, churning away in the ice cream maker!
ice cream in a new fangled ice cream maker is actually [dangerously] too easy to make. we just keep the little bowl part frozen so that you're ready to make ice cream at a moment's notice. this strawberry ice cream probably took a total of 20 minutes to put together, 30 minutes to churn, and a few hours to freeze.
total tangent: i recently discovered how hilarious jen gotch is, and i've been cackling to myself at every single one of her instagram posts. particularly this one and this one. and the two-part version of this one. gawd all her two-part posts seriously had me craaacking up to the point of tears yesterday when i was being all weird and hungover from the shania twain concert (ooh, subtle side-brag, quinn). she got me listening to this song on repeat even though she claimed to hate it at first. it's just so cheery and jazzy and is going great with strawberry ice cream talk.
[i wish i could add a little video of pete's toes mid-air tapping to this song that he's never heard. and he probably doesn't realize i just listened to it 5 times back to back. it IS catchy!]
doesn't the top ice cream scoop here just look dweeby? man, i have a newfound appreciation of food stylists who work with actual frozen food that needs photographing. i was in pure panic mode when i was taking these photos because i was struggling to get the ice cream to look like any stretch of the term "cute," and pete put bacon on the stove for me to "watch" while he ran to the store. you can imagine the lines i was running between the kitchen and the living room where i was taking these photos. gah! bacon flip! gah! melting ice cream! it looks like crap! i can't do much else but smash it all down and pray for some camera tricks! gah! bacon is burnt! pete's coming! i'm in trouble! ice cream everywhere! whatever.
first time ice cream photo taker, here.
cute little mint garnishes courtesy of our front yard. we've got: spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate peppermint a'growin!
oh, and the ice cream turned out great! very fresh and creamy with a slight zing of citrus!
the one think i would do different next time is actually juice some extra strawberries and add the juice to the ice cream maker as well. i wished the ice cream would have turned out a bit more pink! and i did nottttt wanna use food coloring, pssh.
Roasted Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Prep time: 1 hour Freeze time: 4-8 hours
Makes 6 cups of strawberry ice cream
- 1 pound fresh strawberries (YAY SUMMER!)
- 2 TB brown sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- Zest of one lemon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Chop the strawberries into small bits. Place strawberries in baking dish and sprinkle with brown sugar. Roast in oven for 8 minutes, until slightly bubbly, but not mushy.
Remove from oven, put in a small bowl with all the extra juices and set in fridge to cool. Get the strawberry/sugar juice washed off your baking dish ASAP! It's basically turning to a hard candy in there.
Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and add to the ice cream maker. Churn for 20 minutes, then add the roasted strawberries and lemon zest and churn for another 10 minutes. Now would be a good time to also add extra strawberry juice to give your ice cream a lovely pink color!
Remove ice cream from ice cream maker when it has thickened a bit and the texture is to your liking. Place in glass container or loaf pan and freeze for 4-8 hours.
*I used the 6 cup glass tupperware with click-on lid (from Costco--best tupperware set evarrrr) to keep the ice cream fresh and prevent from icing over too much.
have yourself a scoop in the sunshine and listen to this song again! lolololol.
(play count is probably at 17 by now. sorry pete.)
correction: i just noticed that this youtube link is a ONE HOUR LOOP of this song. haha!! i was wondering why i could never tell when it ended and started over again.... anyhoo we're at minute 53! go me!