No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream and Why I Love A/C

Strawberries all mixed in, and waiting to be frozen! And then eaten, because...it's the best part.

Strawberries all mixed in, and waiting to be frozen! And then eaten, because…it’s the best part.

The summer has arrived in Toronto, and with it, the humidity. Whenever I step outside of my air-conditioned workplace, I’m hit with a wall of humid heat. Same goes for stepping outside of my condo; even going out into the hallway to do some recycling, the temperature is tangibly humid.

Which is when the DH and I beat a hasty retreat to our air-conditioned refuge! Even those we’re both campers, and even though I was out camping at Georgian Bay for the Canada Day long weekend, where I managed to get scrapes, bruises, and waaaay too many mosquito bites in delicate areas (still an AWESOME weekend!), I’m so happy to come home to my air-conditioned condo.

This is where I was camping. Worth the bug bites, wouldn't you agree? Also, the canoeing I did burned off enough calories that I can eat ice cream guilt-free. Bring on the creamy confection, yo'!

This is where I was camping. Worth the bug bites, wouldn’t you agree? Also, the canoeing burned off enough calories that I can eat ice cream guilt-free. Bring on the creamy confection, yo’!

And luckily for me, the DH is the same! I always joke that he chose the best country to emigrate to: we have WINTER! So nice and chilly for so many months!

And speaking of nice and chilly…how ’bout some no-churn strawberry ice cream?

I had some whipping cream leftover from my Rose Frasier cake, and some strawberries leftover from my recent dehydrating experiments, so I decided to whip up some ice cream! I mean, is there really any better way to beat the heat? Besides a/c? (Actually, the two together really work for me!)

This ice cream uses the same base as my Brownie Chunk Ice Cream (Gluten-Free) that I made last summer (visions of brownies dance in my head!), mixed with a quickie version of homemade strawberry jam. Easy-peasy, and so, SO creamy and full of strawberry goodness!

Which yummy thing do I nom on? Both are delicious choices!

Which yummy thing do I nom on? Both are delicious choices!

NO-CHURN STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM

Strawberry Mix-In

  • 2 cups halved strawberries
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. pectin powder

Mash strawberries and mix with water and sugar. Boil until reduced to a chunky syrup and starting to stick to the pot sides. Add in pectin and stir every minutes until it looks like runny jam and is starting to stick to the bottom of the pan. Pour into bowl and let cool.

Vanilla Ice Cream Base

  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. rum
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat whipping cream in a cold bowl with a cold beater until stiff. Stir in condensed milk, vanilla extract, and rum. Scoop into bread pan and stick in freezer until semi-firm, or until the strawberry mix-in is cool.

Poke holes in ice cream, and pour 1/4 of strawberry mix-in into those holes. Then pour 1/4 of strawberry mix-in over ice cream, and use knife to create marbled streaks.

Freeze for 4-8 hours until frozen through. Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

You’ll end up with maybe 1/2 c. of strawberry sauce leftover, but really, do you think that’s going to last long? (It certainly wouldn’t around me and the DH.) Serve it with French toast, over other ice cream, mixed into homemade ice cream floats, pour it over cobblers…or just eat with a spoon!

No churn strawberry ice cream! So creamy, so yummy, so want some right now!

No churn strawberry ice cream! So creamy, so yummy, so want some right now!

What I love about this ice cream is that it has the consistency of store-bought ice cream, the really good stuff. It’s eminently scoopable; you don’t have to drag your spoon across the top only to end up with a scraping. This will give you luscious scoops each time! (I just mis-typed and wrote “eat time”. I think my subconscious is trying to tell me something. Which I am so down for. Up for? At any rate, am for!)

This recipe is also easily customizable! Mix in a different fruity jam, or add in some crumbled graham crackers or lady fingers for a strawberry shortcake ice cream. I can totally see this with a fresh peach jam mixed in. *drools while gazing off into the distance* If you make this recipe, tell us which mix-ins you made!

Next Post: Hmm…which delicious thing shall I make next? Any requests? Oooh, shall I tell you about the deeeelicious (and easy!) sandwich bread recipe that I came across? Yes, I think I shall. Stay tuned!

Post-Pub Edit: I’m still working on my plan for foodie world domination (“What are we going to do today, Margaret?” “What we do every day…plot to take the foodie world by storm!”), and part of that plan is taking part in the lovely Christie Jordan’s Meal Plan Monday link-up. Lots of bloggers, lots of yummy recipes. Check it out here and here!

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