I still have so many strawberries to use so this week my blog posts have a strawberry theme. I already made these amazing strawberry crumb bars and now I’m on to homemade strawberry ice cream. I will be honest and say that the actual name of this ice cream is Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream, but don’t run away quite yet. I was definitely nervous about putting sour cream in my ice cream. I almost wanted to keep it a secret from my husband too because I was afraid he wouldn’t even try it. But, let me tell you, this guy knows what he is talking about! This ice cream is filled with strawberry flavor and extra creamy. It is the perfect summer treat 🙂
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
Yield: about 1 quart
- 1 lb fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled & sliced
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon vodka
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
In a medium sized bowl, mix the strawberries with the sugar and vodka. Stir just until the sugar starts to dissolve. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Combine the strawberry mixture with the sour cream, heavy cream and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Pulse briefly until almost smooth but still slightly chunky. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream was almost ready, I added a few more sliced strawberries only because I like having strawberry chunks in my ice cream, but you don’t have to.
My neighbor has been very generous in sharing his strawberry crop this year so we have found ourselves with an abundance of strawberries to use. When you have that many strawberries you can’t just eat them all, you have to find creative ways to use them before they go bad. These strawberries are small, but so delicious!
I used the same recipe from these blueberry crumb bars, which are a favorite in my house, to create a strawberry variation. The only difference in the recipe is replacing the blueberries with strawberries. The strawberry crumb bars are just as good as the blueberry ones and they are disappearing quickly. I hope you enjoy this variation! I think my next ones will be a mixed berry 🙂
I had a few days off from work this week and the weather has been amazing. What better way to spend a summer day in the backyard than with a refreshing summer cocktail?? This cocktail is fruity without being too fruity and perfectly refreshing. The recipe calls for gin, but we were out of it so I used vodka instead. I definitely want to try it with gin since I’m sure it is equally delicious, so feel free to try it with your choice.
Adapted from thekitchn.com
1/2 teaspoon sugar or agave (I tried it with both and preferred the agave)
1 lime wedge
3 fresh strawberries, 2 hulled and sliced and 1 reserved for garnish
3 ounces gin or vodka
Fresh mint sprig, to garnish
In a shaker, combine the sugar or agave and the juice from one lime wedge. Stir with a spoon to dissolve the sugar. Add the sliced strawberries and lightly muddle.
Fill the shaker with ice and add the gin or vodka. Shake to chill and then pour in a Tom Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with the last strawberry and a sprig of mint.
For a pitcher…
2 tablespoons sugar or agave
2 limes, juiced
1 pound fresh strawberries
2 cups gin or vodka
Fresh mint sprigs, to garnish
Follow the same steps above. You can make this ahead of time and mix everything except the club soda and ice. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve and then add the ice and club soda. Enjoy!