Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
Strawberries and Cream! That’s exactly what this easy Strawberry Ice Cream recipe reminds me of! Using fresh, ripened strawberries gives it such great flavor.
I confess, I went straight to the ‘mashing’ with my strawberries instead of cutting them into pieces first. Doing this gave me some mighty big chunks that I later had to cut up a bit so you might want to make sure you either cut the strawberries first or throw them in a blender.
I love the ‘real’ look and taste of pieces of strawberries so I mash. As you’ll see, I’m not the neatest masher but it sure feels good…mash! mash! mash! Either way you do it — mash or blend — your Strawberry Ice Cream will be delicious!
Since there are no eggs in this recipe, the flavor of the strawberries with the cream is much more pure. The texture is wonderful too and it’s great in a cone as well as a bowl.
Strawberry Ice Cream is simple to make at home with these easy instructions. Make it in the morning and by evening you'll have a wonderful batch of homemade ice cream! This recipe makes an itty bitty bit over 1-1/2 quarts.
- 3 cups half & half cream
- 16 ounces fresh strawberries
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- For this recipe you'll need your half & half, strawberries, whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract.
- First wash and hull your strawberries.
- Cut the strawberries into pieces to make them easier to mash. Or you can put them in a blender if you like a creamier, more even texture to your Strawberry Ice Cream. Then set your strawberries aside for a moment.
- In a large bowl, mix your half & half and sugar. Make sure to stir until all of your sugar is dissolved. You can check this by running your spoon along the bottom of the bowl and seeing if there are still some crystals in the spoon.
- After the sugar is dissolved in the half & half, pour in your strawberries and mix thoroughly.
- Add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract to the strawberry mix.
- Stir all of it together until everything is completely mixed together. Since I've washed, hulled and mashed the strawberries, warming them up a bit in the process, I put the finished mixture in the fridge to chill for an hour before going further.
- So now your strawberry ice cream mixture is chilled and ready to go! You'll notice a thicker top layer…just mix it all back in again until the mixture is smooth.
- Put the mixture into your ice cream maker. Because of the strawberry pieces, I use a ladle to pour my strawberry mixture into my ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer's instructions. When done you'll have a nice batch of Strawberry Ice Cream ready to freeze!
- Pour the ice cream into a freezer container and let it harden, usually 6-8 hours.
- When it's frozen, serve it up in bowl or cone and enjoy!