Ice cream is one of our most favorite sweet treats in the world. And strawberries are one of our favorite fruits in the world. Let’s combine the two!
If you’re looking for a new twist on an old classic, then this is your ice cream. The fresh strawberries are so flavorful and make the ice cream beautiful, too. And it’s honestly not hard to make. You just need a little patience while the custard chills!
How to Make Ice Cream from Scratch
This is a very traditional method for making homemade ice cream. Ice cream has long history of making people smile and fulfilling a sweet tooth in need, especially on a hot summer day.
We go with a beautiful custard that is enhanced with fresh strawberries and cream.
So delicious and easy to prepare!
Let’s start with the strawberries.
We use our food processor to puree the strawberries.
EXPERT TIP: You can also do this in a blender. After cutting away the stem, we halve or quarter the strawberries. You’re going to need about 2 cups of the strawberries once that has been pulverized. This typically is about 4 cups of cut fresh strawberries. If you can’t get fresh strawberries, you can certainly substitute frozen.
Make the Custard
Now, it’s time to make the custard.
Start off by beating the eggs with the sugar in a medium-sized bowl until they become a pale yellow.
Next, we’re going to temper the eggs by pouring the warm half-in-half into the egg mixture, still beating to incorporate the cream.
Return the mixture back to the saucepan on the stove and heat over medium heat, and cook (constantly stirring) until thickened and coats the back of the spoon.
EXPERT TIP: Don’t let the mixture boil or get too hot, otherwise, the eggs will begin to scramble. Stirring continuously helps this process.
Add the custard to a clean bowl and pour in the strawberries and heavy cream.
Use a wooden spoon to stir and fully incorporate it.
It’s critical that the custard cool completely before proceeding with making ice cream. We cover the custard with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to overnight.
How to Churn Ice Cream
After the custard has chilled for a minimum of 2 hours, it’s time to make ice cream!
We use an electric Cuisinart ice cream maker, but you go with the what you’ve got and follow the manufacturer instructions.
Typically, it takes about 40 to 50 minutes for the ice cream to be thickened.
Once the ice cream is ready, the consistency will be similar to soft-serve.
We like to get our homemade strawberry ice cream a little firmer than soft serve.
To achieve this, we simply transfer it to a freezer-ready container with a tight-fitting lid and then stick it in the freezer for an hour or two. If the ice cream is frozen solid, we recommend letting it sit out for about an hour to soften it a bit.
Other Ingredients to Add
We think this strawberry ice cream is amazingly delicious just as is.
But, we’ve thrown in some white chocolate morsels in the last 5 minutes of churning, and that was an awesome addition.
You could also use almond extract in place of the vanilla extract, and then add chopped almonds in at the end of the churning process, too.
But, wow oh wow…just check out this gorgeous bowl of ice cream!
If you love homemade ice cream as much as we do, then you are going to love this recipe!
It’s always a huge hit with kids and adults alike!
And of course, it freezes beautifully for up to 3 weeks! If you like this Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream, you’ll also love our:
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake
S’Mores Ice Cream
Blueberry Ice Cream
Lavender Ice Cream with Honey Granola
Pistachio and Sweet Corn Ice Cream
But for now, you’ve just got to whip up a batch of this amazing sweet treat!
Ready to make the best homemade ice cream in town? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a photo, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- Food processor, or blender
- Ice cream maker
- 4 cups strawberries stems removed and roughly chopped
- ¼ tsp Kosher salt
- 1½ cups half-and-half
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- Place the roughly chopped strawberries and salt in a food processor, or blender, and puree until smooth. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
- Bring the half-and-half to a simmer over low heat.
- Meanwhile, use a hand mixer, or stand mixer, to beat together the eggs with sugar until the mixture is a pale yellow, about 1 minute.
- Temper the eggs by slowly pouring the hot half-and-half into the egg/sugar mixture, continue beating them as you do this. Once fully incorporated, transfer the mixture back into the saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, cook the custard until thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 3 to 5 minutes. Don't let boil, or the eggs will scramble!
- Transfer the custard into a clean medium-sized bowl and stir in the strawberries, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
- Remove the custard from the refrigerator and give the custard several stirs with a large spoon.
- Transfer the custard to your ice cream maker and follow the instructions according to the manufacturer. The ice cream will be ready when it has thickened and expanded in the pan, usually about 40 to 50 minutes.
- The ice cream can be served at this point, or transferred to a container with an air-tight lid and placed in the freezer to firm up, about 1 to 2 hours. If serving after the ice cream is frozen solid, then let it sit out for an hour before serving.
Just a question. Say you don’t have an electric ice cream maker. Is there still a method I can use to do this recipe without it?
Hi Jan, so very sorry for the delayed response! I wish I had a better answer for you, but I’m not sure of the best way of making homemade ice cream without the aid of electricity. You’ve got me curious though. I will look into this and see what I can come up with. Thank you!! Kris
I truly appreciate it!
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Hi Renee!! Thank you SO MUCH!! We LOVE that you are getting a kick out of our videos and recipes!! That honestly fills our hearts with absolute joy!! Enjoy the key lime pie and please let us know how it turns out! It’s one of our all-time favorite pies to make!! All the best, Kris & Wesley
Instead of buying two types of cream and having leftovers of both could I just use two cups of coffee cream (18%) which I always have on hand?
Hi Gord! You could go with coffee cream. You won’t get quite the extra creamy texture that the heavy cream will give the ice cream, but it should still work for you. Let us know if you try it and how it turns out! Best, Kris & Wesley