7.04.2014

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Happy Fourth of July!!!!)

 
Happy Fourth of July!!! Here is an ice cream recipe to impress everyone with at your next barbecue - all you need is an ice cream maker. 

Before I owned an ice cream maker I was certain that ice cream was difficult to make, that there was some secret to the process I wouldn't be able to figure out. Not true! Turns out, it is really easy to make ice cream. All you need is lots of cream, sugar, fruit, and chocolate. Yum.   

Anyways, if you are looking for a cool, sweet recipe for the summer time, here it is!

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 c. sugar, divided
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 bar or dark chocolate
  • an ice cream maker

Note: Before you start making ice cream your ice cream maker bowl needs to be frozen, so place it in the freezer the night before you intend to make the recipe. I also recommend freezing the dark chocolate as well.

Preparation

Wash your strawberries and remove the green tops. Slice the strawberries and then place them in a bowl with three tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/3 c. of sugar. Leave the strawberries to macerate in the bowl for the next two to three hours. 

After three hours you can begin making the ice cream in earnest. Take a clean bowl and add in the milk and remaining 2/3 cup of sugar. Using a hand mixer, mix together the milk and sugar on low until the sugar is dissolved. Then stir in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. By this time the strawberries will be sitting in a significant amount of strawberry liquid. Drain the strawberry liquid into the bowl with the milk and cream and put the sliced strawberries to the side. Mix everything together by hand.

Next, start up your ice cream maker and pour the milk mixture into the ice cream maker bowl. Let the ice cream maker run for about 30 minutes. While the ice cream is churning, place your strawberries in the fridge to keep them cold. Using a knife chop the dark chocolate bar into small pieces. 

After about 30 minutes the ice cream will be truly coming together.  Add the sliced strawberries to the ice cream bowl and add in the chocolate. Let the ice cream maker run another five minutes and then turn it off and transfer the ice cream into freezer containers (I recommend pint size containers because it will help the ice cream freeze quicker). Place the ice cream in the fridge for another 2 hours to make sure it hardens or leave it overnight to make sure it freezes all the way through.

When you're ready to eat the ice cream remove it from the freezer and let sit 10-20 minutes to thaw. Serve in bowls with fresh strawberries on the side. 

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    1. So glad you're enjoying it! I love hearing back from readers:)

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