June 8, 2012 · 8 comments

Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream

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Another blog challenge. This time it’s Kavey over at Kavey Eat’s hosting Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream. The challenge: to make a fruit based ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice lolly … you get the drift.

I don’t make (or eat for that matter) very much ice cream, so I won’t be participating every month. I do love fruity ice creams though, I cannot abide fake fruit flavours. They don’t taste remotely like the actual fruit and goodness knows what chemical nasties they contain.

I went for a simple strawberry mascarpone ice cream. Simple in that you don’t need to use an ice cream maker, though you can if you wish. The ice cream is not custard based which makes it rather perfect for preparing on warm, lazy summer days. Lazy summer day which we see precious few of here in the UK; as I write the rain pours down and it is blowing a gale outside, oh and I’ve got the fire lit. So much for flaming June eh?

strawberry mascarpone ice cream Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream

The popularity of strawberry ice cream has not waned over the years – it remains one of the most popular, with vanilla racing ahead to win the race.

In fact, the first ice creams eaten in America were made with fresh strawberries and milk. Paul Dickson tells us in his book ‘The Great American Ice Cream Book’ that the first record of it being eaten in the United States was in the 1740s when a guest of Governor William Bladen of Maryland wrote in a letter that he “had dessert no less curious; among the rarities of which it was compos’d was some fine ice cream which, with the strawberries and milk, eat most deliciously”.

ice Perfect for Lazy Summer Days. No Wonder Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream.

The ice cream is smooth and cheesecake like because of the mascarpone. It really seems to lend a ‘grown up’ take on this classic flavour. The addition of a splash of my favourite balsamic vinegar really lifts the sweetness of the strawberries. Trust me here. I honestly haven’t taken complete leave of my senses.

I adore summer fruits, especially strawberries, and am filled with joy when they start appearing in my organic fruit box delivery and in my fruit patch of the garden. What, dearest readers, is your favourite fruit and how do you like to eat it?

strawberry Srawberries my Favourite Summer Fruit

This really is one of the easiest, quickest recipes for ice cream I have ever made. If you aren’t too keen on strawberries or want to experiment you could use raspberries, tayberries, blackberries, black currents, mango, and the list goes on. Basically this is very adaptable. You can also use fresh or frozen (defrosted) fruits.

strawberry mascarpone ice cream A Cooling Classic: Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream

Go on, give it a whirl.

Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 500 grams strawberries hulled
  2. 100 grams icing sugar
  3. 2 teasoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 600 ml double cream
  5. 250 grams mascarpone
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, whiz the strawberries, balsamic vinegar and icing sugar together until smooth (how smooth is up to you)
  2. Whip the cream until the soft peeks stage - be careful not to over whip it. Beat in the mascarpone,
  3. Fold in the strawberry purree and transfer the mixture to the ice cream machine (or see note above if you don't have one).
  4. Freeze until firm.
Notes
  1. A note for those of you without an ice cream maker, you certainly can freeze it in a metal tray or plastic container but you will want to churn it in some way to make it less icy. You can pulse it in a food processor a couple of times once it’s frozen and then refreeze it and then pulse it again and then refreeze.
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Nessa Robins June 8, 2012 at 23:26

Wow! This ice cream sounds perfect. I have many strawberry plants, in the garden, and will be searching for ways to use them up. I’m definitely going to make this, in a few weeks time!

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George@CulinaryTravels June 9, 2012 at 21:22

Thanks Nessa. I do hope you’ll enjoy this – it’s bound to be even better using home grown produce.

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Kavey June 10, 2012 at 13:15

Great minds, the recipe I’ve been planning to make for this month’s challenge also features strawberries and balsamic! I love strawberries, and we’re growing lots in the garden and at the allotment, so wanted to feature them. Of course, they’re not ready yet, so will turn to supermarket anyway!
Kavey´s last blog post ..Petra’s Honey Bread from Leon’s Baking & Puddings

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George@CulinaryTravels June 11, 2012 at 20:46

I hope you will enjoy the combination as much as I did. It’ll be wonderful with home grown strawberries, hope I get a bumper crop too.

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Kavey June 29, 2012 at 10:01

I didn’t get the balance right, so I didn’t post mine, I made a second ice cream for the challenge instead. I’ll try again on the strawberries in balsamic though. I think Pete liked mine, but was a touch sharp for me!

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Barry G February 22, 2014 at 12:23

Oh this looks great. I will try it when strawberries are in season.

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George@CulinaryTravels February 22, 2014 at 20:34

Thank you, I do hope you will enjoy it, maybe come back and let me know?

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