Enjoy and relish the delicious fresh taste of our Scrumptious Strawbery-ree Ice Cream, with a burst of juicy sweetness in every scoop.
You might think there’s a typo in the title of this post, but we can assure you there’s not.
Our Homemade Strawberry Ice cream is very scrumptious and it’s also very strawberry-ree in flavour!
That’s due to one thing, delicious fresh strawberries and not a lot else. Allowing nature to shine with its freshness and delicious sweet fruits.
In this article, we’ll discuss Strawberries, the delicious berries that nature has gifted us, we’ll detail the health benefits of strawberries and how using them fresh in our ice cream brings out their natural sweetness and of course, we’ll show you step-by-step how you can also make your own scrumptious homemade strawberry-ree ice cream.
If you’d rather, you can scroll to the bottom of the article, straight to the recipe and method, or read along to find out more.
The Goodness of Strawberries
Strawberries, scientifically known as Fragaria ananassa, are members of the rose family and have a long history dating back centuries.
When we think of delicious fresh berries, strawberries shine brightly. These red, heart-shaped gems are not only delicious but also packed with health benefits. They’ve been cherished for centuries, are found all around the world and are a versatile ingredient in countless culinary creations.
The goodness of strawberries extends beyond their tantalising taste. These little fruits are packed with essential nutrients, making them a powerhouse of health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fibre, strawberries contribute to overall well-being, supporting the immune system, promoting heart health, and aiding digestion.
Their nutritional profile can positively impact our bodies. From boosting skin health to enhancing brain function. Strawberries offer an array of reasons to incorporate them into our daily diet.
Whether enjoyed fresh, blended into smoothies, as a topping on ice cream or dessert, or used to incorporate into the core of your very own homemade ice cream, strawberries are a delicious and nourishing addition to any meal.
The Sweet Fruity Taste of Fresh Strawberries!
Fresh strawberries offer a taste of pure natural sweetness. Their vibrant red colour and delightful aroma make them a true summer treasure.
When you bite into a ripe strawberry, you’ll experience sweet and slightly tangy flavours that awaken your taste buds. These versatile berries can be enjoyed plucked straight from the plant, on their own or in various dishes.
Their versatility allows them to be used in an array of dishes, from classic desserts like pies and tarts to refreshing beverages and, of course, the all-time favourite, strawberry ice cream.
Scrumptious Strawberry-ree Ice Cream
Enjoying a scoop or two (or three) of creamy ice cream is always a joy, but when you add strawberries, it gets even better! Strawberries, with their vibrant red colour and natural sweetness, are a much-loved classic in the world of ice cream flavours and there’s a good reason.
Strawberries infuse a burst of summery goodness into every scoop, taking the ice cream to a new level of deliciousness. They offer a perfect balance of sweet and slightly tart notes.
Strawberries are versatile and complement a variety of ice cream flavours. Whether you’re making classic strawberry ice cream or experimenting with combinations like strawberry cheesecake or balsamic strawberry swirl, these berries add fruity pleasure to every scoop.
When we make our Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream, we always add the extra ‘ree’ at the end, and the moment you taste yours, you’ll understand why. It’s incredibly Strawberry-ree tasting! No artificial flavour enhancers, no additional colourings, nothing but pure goodness provided by nature! It’s a classic for a very good reason.
So now we’ve learned about strawberries and how good they are for us, lets show you how you can make your own homemade scrumptious strawberry-ree ice cream.
Homemade Strawberry-ree Ice Cream Recipe
- 250g fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 80g granulated or caster sugar
- 250ml double cream
- 125ml whole milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- A pinch of salt
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the sliced strawberries and sugar. Let them sit for about 15 minutes to allow the strawberries to release their juices and create a syrupy mixture.
- Using a blender or food processor, puree the strawberry-sugar mixture until smooth. You can adjust the level of sweetness to your taste by adding more or less sugar.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the double cream, whole milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt until well combined.
- Gently fold the strawberry puree into the cream mixture, stirring until everything is evenly incorporated.
- Transfer the ice cream mixture to your ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for churning. This process usually takes around 20-25 minutes, resulting in a creamy and thick ice cream consistency.
- NB: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker to learn more.
- Once the ice cream is churned, transfer it to an airtight container. For added strawberry goodness and textural surprise, you can fold in some additional chopped strawberries (optional).
- Cover the container with a lid and freeze the ice cream for at least 4 hours or until firm.
- When ready to serve, scoop the luscious strawberry ice cream into bowls or cones, and enjoy the refreshing taste of summer in every spoonful!
Now you have made a delicious homemade strawberry ice cream that perfectly captures the essence of summer with its sweet, fruity flavour.
We hope you enjoy the creamy goodness, which can be enjoyed throughout the day or as a sweet ending to any meal!
Some Interesting Facts about Strawberries:
- Ancient Symbolism: In ancient times, strawberries were considered a symbol of love, purity, and prosperity. They were often used in various rituals and festivals to celebrate the arrival of spring and fertility.
- Not True Berries: Despite their name, strawberries are not true berries botanically. They belong to the “aggregate fruit” category, as their seeds are on the outside, and each “seed” is a separate fruit called a “drupelet.”
- A Nutritional Powerhouse: Strawberries are not only delicious but also highly nutritious. They are low in calories and packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium.
- World’s Most Popular Berry: Strawberries are the most popular berry in the world, and the United States is one of the largest producers of strawberries globally.
- Historical Medicinal Use: In ancient times, strawberries were believed to have medicinal properties and were used to treat various ailments like digestive disorders, skin irritations, and sore throats.
- Records of Cultivation: The cultivation of strawberries dates back to the Roman Empire, and they were cultivated in European monasteries during the Middle Ages.
- Strawberries at Wimbledon: Wimbledon, the prestigious tennis tournament in the UK, is synonymous with strawberries and cream. It is estimated that during the event, over 28,000 kg of strawberries are consumed along with gallons of cream!
- White Strawberries: While the most common strawberry colour is red, there are also white strawberries, which have a milder flavour and are known for their creamy texture.
- Strawberry Festival: Many places around the world celebrate strawberries with annual festivals. The most famous one is the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida, held every year since 1930.
- A Heart-Healthy Fruit: Strawberries are known to promote heart health by reducing blood pressure, improving blood vessel function, and reducing bad cholesterol levels.
- Pollinated by Bees: Bees play a crucial role in pollinating strawberries, helping the plants produce their sweet and succulent fruits.
- Strawberries in Space: In 2021, astronauts aboard the International Space Station grew and ate strawberries as part of an experiment to study plant growth in microgravity.
With their rich history, vibrant colours, and numerous health benefits, strawberries continue to captivate and delight people of all ages, making them an all-time favourite fruit enjoyed in various culinary delights and sweet treats like ice cream!
We hope you have enjoyed learning all about Strawberries and their health benefits and we hope we have inspired you to give this recipe a go yourself.
Please do drop us a comment below if you have any questions, and if you do give this recipe a go, we would love to hear how you get on.