Strawberries and white chocolate are the stars in this perfect ice cream for Valentine’s Day, or for any time of the year!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It’s when all our thoughts turn to romance and love. Or the lack thereof. My husband used to call Valentine’s Day “Singlehood Awareness Day.” So whether you are on the same page as my husband (before we were married, of course) or you have lots of reasons to think happy thoughts about love and romance, this ice cream is for you. Real strawberries and cream with an extra surprise of white chocolate. This was one of the first flavors I ever made after I bought my Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker, and it has been a hit ever since. It’s like white chocolate covered strawberries, but better, because it’s ice cream 🙂
Part of the preparation for this ice cream is slicing the strawberries. I always use an egg slicer for this. I slice one direction, then turn the strawberry and slice in the other direction. I do this to make sure I have manageable chunks of strawberries in my ice cream. I also slice over a bowl so it will catch all the juices, and then just put the sliced strawberries in the same bowl. You will need those juices to flavor the ice cream. After slicing all your strawberries, you add a little bit of lemon juice and some sugar. This draws more juice out of the strawberries, and also allows them to absorb the sugar, which will keep them from freezing solid in your ice cream.
(This Westmark Stainless Steel Multipurpose Slicer is the best slicer in the world! Super sturdy with blades instead of wires that will bend and break. I highly recommend it!)
Later, when melting the white chocolate for your ice cream, I have found that adding just a drop or two of oil helps thin it out and makes it easier to drizzle over your ice cream.
This ice cream is exactly the same as my Strawberry Dark Chocolate Ice Cream recipe. You just swap out white chocolate for the dark, and voila!
Time Commitment: Medium
Health Benefits of Ingredients: (Please see the Disclaimer)
Strawberries can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer. They may also aid in the prevention of depression. (See “Strawberries: Health Benefits, Uses and Risks“).
Pure Vanilla activates chemicals in the brain that reduce inflammation and improve mental performance. (See Using Vanilla to Increase Your Mental Performance).
Lemons provide the possible health benefits of combating cancer, maintaining a healthy complexion, preventing asthma, increasing iron absorption, and boosting the immune system. (See “What Are the Health Benefits of Lemons?“)
I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker.
Home made strawberry ice cream made with fresh strawberries and swirled with white chocolate.
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-2 drops red food coloring, optional
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted
Combine the sliced strawberries (and any juices released while slicing), the lemon juice, and 1/3 cup of the sugar in a small bowl. Leave on the counter for two hours. The strawberries will release their juices and absorb some of the sugar. This will lower their freezing point so they don't turn into rocks in your ice cream!
In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the remaining 2/3 cup of sugar with the 1 cup of whole milk. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
Add the heavy cream and vanilla. Pour in the liquid from the strawberries, saving the strawberries to add later. Add food coloring if desired.
Pour into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
When the ice cream has reached soft-serve consistency, add the strawberries and let the ice cream maker run another minute or two to distribute the strawberries throughout the ice cream.
Transfer to an airtight container in layers, drizzling the melted white chocolate over each layer.
Freeze for several hours or overnight.
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