Saturday, July 10, 2010

Strawberry Ice Cream

I’m not an impatient person. I read the other day that people who are patient are generally happier. I am, however, losing my patience with this sticky, hot weather. It’s meddling with my plans, sleep and baking. I feel a new sense of compassion towards people living in tropical climats. I mean, do you ever bake? Don't you live off salades and iced teas? Thinking about the sweet treats I could have baked if the weather was less than 90 degrees (macarons, cupcakes & pastries for example) makes me break out in a sweat! Boo hoo :-(. There’s only one thing I will drag myself away from a fan for: Ice. Cream. It’s quick, it’s easy, but most importantly, it cools you down! Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Strawberry Ice Cream recipe: Nigella Lawson - Forever Summer

Ingredients:
- 500g strawberries (3 cups)
- 175g caster sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (¾ cup)
- 500ml full-fat milk (2 cups)
- 500ml double cream (2 cups)
- 1 vanilla pod
- 10 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions:
- Hull and roughly chop the strawberries, put them into a bowl and 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 175g (½ cup + 1 tablespoon) sugar until thick and pale yellow. Take the vanilla pod out of the milk and cream and pour, whisking the while, the warm liquid over the yolks. 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.
- Purée the strawberries in a processor, and when the custard is cool fold in the lemon juice and strawberry purée.
- At this point you can either freeze the ice cream in an ice-cream maker, or in a plastic tub in the freezer. If you do the latter you should whip it out every hour for 3 hours as it freezes and give it a good beating, either with an electric whisk, by hand or in the processer. That gets rid of any ice crystals that form and that make the ice cream crunchy rather than smooth.
* Note: Before you begin making the custard fill the sink half full with cold water. If you think the custard looks like splitting at any stage, plunge the pan into the cold water and whisk like mad.


This was my first time making ice cream.
I wanted to start with a cream-based ice cream, not just a sorbet.


Also, it was my first time using an ice cream machine, but you can make this
recipe without a machine: just freeze it in a plastic container and after each
hour mix it up again to prevent from any crystals forming.


Each type of weather has its advantages.
Mostly culinary.

11 comments:

aifaa said...

please make a sorbet! i would love to know how your sorbet.i don't have a ice-cream maker,so your tips do helped me a lot :)

please make a sorbet :D

ABowlOfMush said...

Yummm strawberry ice cream! Looks so delicious!
I wish I had some right now it's sooo hot here!

Catherine said...

This looks so pretty and delicious!
Your blog is so enjoyable and lovely to visit!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Lucie said...

I definitely share your feeling! All I can eat are salads and ice cream, and well, maybe a few muffins here and there...but not nearly as much as usual and it makes me sad too :)

High Heeled Life said...

I'll take some please!!! That looks awesome.. Will have to have Hubby give that a whirl!!! Happy Saturday HHL

apparentlyjessy said...

You know, I am a strange girl, I don't like strawberries...but I do LOVE strawberry ice cream! Go figure!
I love that you make your own ice cream, its something that I feel totally overwhelmed by to try!

Chele said...

Looks wonderful - just the tonic to help cool you down. You couldn't do me one small favour though and send that hot weather this way! Typical Scotland summer only lasted a week!

Eliana said...

Hmmm - ice cream is the perfect summer time dessert. This one looks incredible.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh my gosh I love icecream...so much!

Thank you for your comment on my post at Trish's, I sure she is having a great time away, lucky girl.
xxx

rookie baker said...

ahahahaha.. yes we somehow manage to still bake and cook although we live in a tropical country.
have you try to make the agar2? tell me!

i think i'll try to make ice cream with no ice cream machine technique.

xoxo

Cornflake said...

This looks fantastic, my you're making me so mega hungry right now!!
xx