Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Strawberry Black Pepper Ice Cream

Whahoo!  Homemade Ice Cream!  To be more specific, Homemade Strawberry Black Pepper Ice Cream!  Be still my heart!  Cold, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, lusciously creamy with big (but bite-able) chunks of fresh strawberries - Oh Yea!  (That's meant to be a Barry White type of Ohhhh Yeeaaa!)

In season, strawberries are unbeatable!  Here in Washington, we have little super sweet strawberries from the Skagit Valley that remind me of the strawberries I would eat out of my mother's garden on hot summer days!  They are fragrant, deep red, and taste like strawberries!  I know that sounds dumb but I dare you to take one of those giant, conventionally grown strawberries, and then take an organic, as local as you can get, strawberry let them get room temperature then I DARE you to tell me there is not a WORLD of difference in the way they taste.  I feel confident that you will never look at one of those giant strawberries from the grocery store in the same way again.  

Ok, big step down from my soapbox.  Now, let's talk ice cream.  I love this recipe because it has you blend some of the strawberry mixture and cream together in a blender.  This really creates a creamier ice cream.  You are basically making a loose whipped cream and folding in the rest of the strawberry mixture.  Then when you add it to your ice cream maker some of the blending is already done.  The result is a super smooth and creamy texture with fantastic fresh strawberry flavor.  Summer Perfection. 

YIELD: Makes about 1 1/2 quarts
adapted from epicurious.com


  • 1 pound strawberries, trimmed, halved if large
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of crushed black pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Equipment: an ice cream maker
Coarsely mash strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, salt and pepper using a potato masher in a large bowl. Let stand, stirring and mashing occasionally, 10 minutes.
Transfer half of strawberry mixture to a blender and purée with cream until smooth. (This is an AWESOME tip - just don't over blend because you are making whipped cream at that point) Return strawberry cream to bowl with remaining strawberry mixture and stir.  Then add all of it to your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.  Once you have ice cream, take a BIG Spoonful - for safety of course and transfer to Tovolo Glide A Scoop, put in the freezer until firm about 3 to 6 hours.

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