Strawberries are possibly my favourite fruit, along with cherries. The feeling is pretty mutual throughout my whole household; we all love strawberries. Every summer my husband and I take the girls strawberry picking. Last year the strawberry crop wasn’t very good so when we planned to go this year our expectations weren’t very high. So when we ended up picking £30 worth we were a little stunned handing over the cash to the lady at the till. A little concerned that the gallon of strawberries we had just picked would go to waste I quickly got thinking of all the delicious treats I could make with them.
The first thing that came to mind was obviously cake. What can I say? I love a bit of cake. But the second was ice cream. To be honest, I don’t like the ice cream you can buy in shops, so I knew the only chance I had to enjoy this summer staple was to make my own. And that is how I can up with my super easy no churn strawberry ice cream with just three ingredients.
The Strawberry Picking
This year the sun has been shining like never before in the UK. So on the morning of the strawberry picking we got up and went early before it go too hot. If last years crop was poor then this years crop can only be described as incredible. Perhaps we timed our visit a little better or perhaps it’s the great weather we’ve been having. Either way, everywhere we looked there were bright red, large, juicy strawberries ripe for the picking. It didn’t take long for our punnets to start filling up. Ellie and Trixie quickly started the competition of who could find the biggest and reddest strawberry. In hindsight this also what caused the expensive loot, but we all had so much fun who cares really.
Going Waste Free
We went to our local pick your own and this year they have introduced cardboard punnets which are made from recycled materials and can be recycled after use. These are available alongside the old plastic punnets if you prefer but these are much smaller. The environmental punnets come with a £1 surcharge if you don’t completely fill it. This is because they cost the farm more to buy in. At first I thought this was a little steep but having seen how expensive the strawberries are it may have actually been cheaper to only half fill them. But where is the fun in that?
Super Easy No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
One of my concerns with making ice cream is that I don’t have any way of churning the mixture. Having worked in restaurants in the past who make their own ice cream onsite, I wasn’t convinced it would be possible to make a great ice cream without one. My other concern was that I just don’t like it. I don’t like the grainy, fluffy texture and I find it quite sickly. So I wanted to find a way of making a sweet ice cream that wasn’t grainy or too churned in texture. In fact I didn’t want to mix it any more than necessary.
I also wanted to avoid the use of cream. I believe much of my dislike is the cream content of most ice creams, I find it too rich and heavy. Whilst I can eat dairy I would just rather avoid too much of it. I contemplated making a vegan ice cream, which I may still do at a later date. But I wanted one we would all enjoy without it being pointed out that it tastes a lot like coconut and not strawberry.
I have very fond childhood memories of my Granny and one of those is that she just loved condensed milk. She used to put in coffee if memory serves me correctly. That makes me feel a bit queasy but as I am getting more and more into my baking and as my baking knowledge increases I see it’s lengthy and diverse uses as an ingredient. It is what I use to make my fudge, it is what I use for millionaire shortbreads, it is what I use in a mirror glaze. Condensed milk is thick, creamy and sweet. It is all of these things without actually being too rich like cream. Plus, as it is already sweet, it doesn’t require any added sugar or sweeteners. So I knew this would be how I sweetened my ice cream as I also didn’t want to use maple syrup as this would add too much thin liquid.
The mascarpone was used instead of cream also as it is already thick and has a less rich and sickly flavour. This is just my opinion of course, but if you agree then this recipe is definitely for you.
I have made a Vegan Cheesecake before. So if you have a lot of strawberries you would like to use up and would like to make something both impressive and vegan for your BBQ guests this summer then check that out HERE. Either follow the recipe and make it raspberry flavoured or simply swap them for strawberries.
I also have an amazing quinoa salad recipe perfect for this time of year and if you ask me, strawberries would be a delicious addition to the salad. Trust me. It’ll work. Check it out HERE.