The problem? A large quantity of soggy, slightly discolored strawberries. We were so excited at the arrival of fresh fruit season that we ordered up several gallons. Unfortunately, between our order and the pickup, there were heavy rains. Rain makes mushy berries, and hard rain gives them bruises. The berries were so beat up even Steve didn’t want to eat them out of hand—and Steve has (in Michelle’s eyes, at the very least) an amazingly high tolerance for damaged fruit. After a jam-making marathon, it still looked as if the chickens were going to have a feast. But then Michelle found this recipe for strawberry ice cream in the 1994 cookbook, Mark Peel & Nancy Silverton at Home: Two Chefs Cook for Family & Friends. In a bit of synchronicity, this no-egg recipe gave us a chance to see if we shared an opinion we heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio (Michelle would like to thank the nice folks at Sirius/XM satellite radio for bringing her hours of drive-time domesticity): that eggless ice cream, which is all the rage these days, has more fruit flavor than custard-based varieties.
Unlike what one hears on other channels of satellite talk radio (*Ahem* PATRIOT NETWORK *Ahem*), this bit of information turned out to indeed be true. The ice cream was rich and delicious, and much more berry-forward than anything we’ve ever seen out of our ice cream machine. Next time, Steve wants to add some strawberry pieces to the mix before freezing. Though unfortunately for ice cream, the weather has started to improve—meaning more perfect berries that will not be safe from Steve’s depredations.
STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM
(adapted from Mark Peel & Nancy Silverton at Home) (makes about 1-1/2 quarts)1-1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. heavy cream 2 TB + 1 c. sugar 2-1/2 TB light corn syrup 4 c. ripe strawberries, stemmed 3 TB lemon juice
Stirring occasionally, simmer the milk, cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons of corn syrup in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Adjust heat as needed to make sure the mixture doesn’t turn color. When the mixture coats a spoon, remove it from the heat.
Purée the berries in a blender. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and the lemon juice. Add the remaining cup of sugar (or less to taste).
Add the cooled cream mixture to the berries, and quickly blend. Refrigerate until completely cooled (overnight is okay). Then pour the mix into your ice cream maker and freeze.Meringues with vanilla ice cream and strawberries Strawberries with balsamic vinegar and crème fraîche Single-serving strawberry tarts Strawberry shortcake