Monday, June 11, 2012

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

It's strawberry season, arguably the best time of year. Sun time, lake time, green-grass-and-blue-skies time, a time for campfires and s'mores, picnics, wine on the patio and wiffleball. A time for sundresses and beach towels, fireflies and bare feet. The lemonade flows, the grill is fired and strawberry shortcake makes its nightly appearance at the table.

And it's HOT and some of us live in upstairs apartments with no air-conditioning. Alongside the aforementioned pastimes, celebrate the season in style and cool off with ice cream packed full of strawberry goodness and bursting with pure strawberry flavor!

{Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream}
Based on Jeni's
1 pint fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 cup heavy cream
1-1/2 cup whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, pasteurized*
3 tablespoons vanilla

*To pasteurize your own eggs, simply cover the eggs in a pot of water over the stovetop and, using a thermometer, bring the temperature of the water to 140-142 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to cold water immediately. Easy peasy.

For strawberries: Wash and hull 1 pint of fresh strawberries. In an 8x8 baking dish, mix strawberries with sugar and roast at 375 degrees for 8 minutes, or until slightly soft. Cool, then blend roasted berries with the lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Measure out about 1/2 to 1 cup of the puree, more or less depending on how strong of strawberry taste you prefer. Set aside.

For ice cream: Mix together cream, milk, sugars and eggs in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring to melt the sugars. Simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and strawberry puree. Cool mixture in refrigerator or ice bath.

When completely cool, make according to ice cream freezer instructions and store in an airtight container, covering the ice cream with parchment or wax paper to prevent freezer burn. Add frozen strawberries, if desired.

Happiness is a cold bowl of strawberry ice cream.

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