Don’t you just love that ice cream weather is in full swing already? Somehow I have this idea that sunny long days and homemade gelato are the two quintessential ingredients for a well lived summer. Wouldn't you agree?
Anyway, I wanted to make my own batch ever since the friendly gentleman from our favourite gelato shop told me the story of how he makes it with his grandkids. It’s a tiny cake shop run by 3 generations of pastry chefs and ice cream enthusiasts. It's full of old photographs, delicious cakes and the best ice cream in town. So last Saturday with the help of Nigella’s genius recipe, I made strawberry ice cream totally from scratch with no need for an ice cream maker.
Eek, so pretty much my summer is already made! They turned out so good that we shared them with friends that evening on our balcony while chatting away. So easy, totally delicious and summer perfect!
Strawberry Ice Cream
(Recipe by Nigella. Makes 10-12 servings)
- 1 ¼ lb. strawberries
- 3/4 cup superfine sugar (plus 2 tablespoons)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean
- 10 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
Hull and roughly chop the strawberries, put them into a bowl, sprinkle over the 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and leave them to steep and infuse with flavour.
Pour the milk and cream into a heavy-based saucepan, and add the vanilla pod, split down the middle lengthways. Bring the pan nearly to the boil and then take it off the heat and leave to infuse for 20 minutes.
In a large bowl whisk the egg yolks and the ¾ cup sugar until thick and pale yellow. Take the vanilla pod out of the milk and cream mix and pour the warm liquid over the yolks. Whisk to combine. Put the cleaned-out pan back on the heat with the cream, milk, egg and sugar mixture and stir the custard until it thickens, then take it off the heat and pour it into a bowl to cool.
Puree the strawberries in a blender, and when the custard is cool fold in the lemon juice and strawberry puree. At this point you can either freeze the ice cream in a plastic tub or a container in the freezer. Ta dah!
Lovelies, what do you think? Would you give it a go? What's your favourite ice cream flavour? xo
P.S: Remember those outrageous ice cream flavours?
P.P.S: S'mores ice cream:)
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