This past week I received a fair amount of Strawberries in my CSA box as they are coming into season here in Minnesota. Since Strawberries are probably near their peak in most of the country I thought this was as good of a time as any to tackle Humphry Slocombe's Here's Your Damn Strawberry Ice Cream.
As explained in the book, this is a basic Strawberry Ice Cream recipe that is pretty tame compared to almost everything else in the book. It was originally developed as a worthy substitute for smeared lipstick within the epic "Tranny Smackdown." There were leftovers sold the next day, which marked the sole occasion that Strawberry Ice Cream was sold at the shop.
Personally I have never made a fruit based ice cream before, so I was pretty shocked when I read the recipe for the first time that there is literally no cooking involved. You effectively blend the fruit, mix everything together, then freeze. It's such an easy recipe that even an ice bath isn't even needed.
Here are all the ingredients all laid out:
First step is taking your halved strawberries and blending them for all of 15 seconds:
That was easy:
You then strain the mixture into a bowl, removing all the seeds:
Leaving you with this:
Then you mix in the cream, condensed milk, sugar, salt, and a little bit of vinegar to form the base:
Even though the recipe didn't call for it. I covered the mixture and popped it in the fridge for a few hours to make sure it was chilled before spinning:
After spinning the mixture for about 20-25 minutes...
You get this finished product:
Some damn fine strawberry ice cream. I'll admit that while I enjoy new and interesting ice cream flavors, I'm a sucker for a basic strawberry ice cream...especially this time of year. I was lucky to have some really great locally grown strawberries already on hand, which I think helps lift the recipe up versus other store brought varieties. Essentially, the ice cream actually takes like strawberries. Also, the recipe is outrageously easy and unlike other ice cream creations it doesn't use almost every pot and pan in your kitchen and it can be ready the same day. So if you find yourself at a local farmers market or grocery store and see a couple cups worth of high quality strawberries I would highly recommend this version of an old standby.