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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I swear that my camera has something against ice cream.  It just floors me that I have finally figured out the lighting issue I was having...but I can't seem to figure out how to take a picture of ice cream... my beloved wonderful ice cream.  I took 30 pictures on two different nights and only TWO pictures came out in focus... talk about frustrating!  Guess that means I'm just going to have to make more ice cream so I can practice taking pictures :)

But I digress.....

Did you know that July is national Ice Cream month???  YAY!!  I love ice cream month!!!!  Of course, I could not let the month slip by without making a scrumptious new ice cream.  And this... this was beyond scrumptious... this was decadently luscious.  This ice cream was rich and creamy and cheesecakey good.  It would have been perfectly fine by itself, but I wanted to at least add something else, so I added some marinated and slightly smashed strawberries.  Every bite is filled with a small frozen bits of strawberry.  It's refreshing and wonderful!  Did I mention the cheesecake part?  OMG!!!  There really isn't anything else to say.......well, besides...mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Adapted from David Lebovitz's, The Perfect Scoop
Printable Recipe 
8 oz. cream cheese
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half & half
2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 teaspoon for the strawberries
pinch of salt
1 cup diced strawberries

Cut the cream cheese into small pieces and place in blender or food processor.  Add the lemon zest, sour cream, half & half, 2/3 cup sugar, and salt to the machine and puree until smooth.  Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

While the mixture is chilling, add the strawberries and remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar to a small bowl.  Mix to combine.  Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Once mixture is chilled, pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.  About 5 minutes before the ice cream is done, take the strawberries out, mash them slightly with a fork and pour them into the machine to mix into ice cream.  When done, pour into plastic containers, seal, and allow to harden up...then prepare yourself for one of the best ice cream experiences of your life!!!  YUM!!!


Yenta Mary said...

Oh, that look so, so good and sounds absolutely luscious!!! Remember this -- ice cream was meant to be EATEN, not pose for a photo op ... :)

Linda said...

Jenn, I love this recipe! I am going to make it this week. You can't let July the National Ice Cream month without making some ice cream.

I am glad I am not the only one who has trouble taking pictures! You know what they say, misery loves company!

StephenC said...

#&)!^*@ cameras! Part of me wishes I had an ice cream maker. I pledge to honor ice cream month by buying some Haagen D.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I LOVE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE ICE CREAM. I have to get an ice cream maker. What is wrong with me???

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Cranberry Morning said...

You're the second person today who's tempted me almost to the breaking point!! Looks scrumptuous. (sp??)

Thanks for visiting Cranberry Morning. I do love stirfries too, especially because I can get everything chopt up ahead of time so my kitchen isn't a mess when company comes. :-)

SnoWhite said...

I like the look of that one :)

Val said...

MMM, my favorite ice cream flavor and homemade makes me want to make some right now.

Jane @ Going Jane said...

Oh my goodness, are SOOO speaking my language here!!

Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Gee, thanks, Jenn. Not. After looking at this, I might have to go out and buy an ice cream maker today! I don't know why I don't have one--probably because I can't figure out where to put one more piece of kitchen gadgetry! But ice cream month is nearly over and ...