Monday, July 5, 2010

Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream

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Isn’t strawberry ice cream the quintessential summer dessert? I was so excited for strawberry season this year, since I’ve had this recipe on my mind for months. I’m so happy to say that it more than lived up to my expectations. I love that it is sweet and the strawberry flavor really shines. I’ve had strawberry ice cream before that even with chunks of strawberries tastes fake and overly sweet. As for the sour cream addition, it sounds kind of strange, I’ll admit, but it really cut the sweetness of the berries, giving the ice cream just the right amount of tang.

Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream
printable recipe
makes about 1 1/4 quarts

Ingredients:
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and rinsed
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vodka or kirsch
1 cup sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:
Cut up the strawberries and mix with the vodka and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir well until the sugar dissolves. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature for an hour, stirring occasionally.

Pour the berries and sugar mixture into a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until nearly smooth with a few remaining strawberry chunks.

Refrigerate for one hour, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Source: The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, page 90-91

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