Summer may technically be over, but it’s certainly not over here in sunny California! I find that the strawberries are the sweetest at the Farmer’s Market right now! Although I am looking forward to fall, having a fire in the fire place, and cozing up on the couch, this is about Ice Cream! Let’s indulge.
Recipe (Adapted from the Cuisinart Simple Vanilla Ice Cream recipe):
1 C whole milk
3/4 C granulated sugar
Pinch of Salt
2 Cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
First, make sure your Cuisinart Ice Cream bowl is frozen!! Don’t try to make it if your bowl isn’t frozen solid. Trust me, been there, done that!
Wash your strawberries in cold water. Slice the stems off each strawberry (as shown in the third picture), put your strawberries in a medium sized bowl with the sugar, salt, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. If you would like, you can mash the strawberries after they have sat long enough so the sugar is dissolved (10 minutes). Mashing will help incorporate the strawberry flavor throughout the ice cream. If you are running short on time- you don’t need to mash them, it turns out perfectly delicious without.
Next, combine the milk and cream together in a large bowl with the vanilla extract. Once combined, transfer the mixture to your Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. Once you have securely put the lid on, let the machine do it’s magic for about 20 min. Then, add your strawberries in. If you prefer to add the strawberries into the milk mixture, you can do that as well. This time around, I wanted to try the ice cream with larger chunks of the fresh berries. Your choice!
Let the machine continue for 10 minutes, or until it reaches the perfect thickness. Immediately transfer the ice cream to an ice cream container, or Tupperware, and put in the freezer for at least 2 hours (if you can wait that long!!). The longer you leave it, the harder it will get.
Last but not least, ENJOY! This recipe is quick, simple, easy and delicious!!