Earlier this week, I stumbled across the Youtube channel of Lauren Vitale. It's a well-done show and a snazzy, albeit clumsy website (at least on Chrome), however I suspect her goal is to eventually get a Food Network show. She definitely channels Rachel Ray's enthusiasm with a dose of the Italian sex appeal of Giada. According to a rather slanted Wikipedia entry, she's gained quite a bit of fame from YouTube, including recognition in Forbes, by Paula Deen and John Stewart, and a Kraft-sponsored contest in Philadelphia. Though her voice is a little grating, she explains her tasty-looking recipes clearly.
This recipe for strawberry ice cream immediately caught my eye as my husband loves strawberry ice cream. Due to eating all my fresh strawberries earlier in the day, I had none left to mix in. That would make this recipe even tastier. Nonetheless, we enjoyed this rich, creamy ice cream immensely as you can see.
Strawberry Ice Cream
3/4 c granulated sugar
5 egg yolks
1 c whole milk
1 c heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 lb strawberries, pureed
1 c fresh strawberries, diced
Simmer milk and cream until just before boiling. Look for little bubbles at the edges of the pot.
Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale yellow.
Temper the egg mixture with a slash of the heated milk. Whisk egg mixture into cream. Cook on low until mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. (One thing I really liked about the YouTube video was that she shows you what exactly that means.)
Strain through wire mesh. Add salt and vanilla.
Cover with plastic wrap making sure the plastic makes contact with the custard. Chill overnight.
Stir pureed strawberries into custard until well mixed. Fold in diced strawberries.
Freeze according to your ice cream maker's instructions.
Makes 1 qt
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