Ice cream recipe #2 this summer! Early summer is when we start getting red summer fruits like strawberries and cherries. In my humble opinion, strawberries are one of the best fruits. Their red color makes me so happy, and they taste the perfect balance between sweet and tart. That’s why I had to create this chocolate strawberry ice cream recipe. Chocolates and strawberries are a match made in heaven.
Strawberries and chocolate
I know this sounds like something you’d make on Valentine’s Day instead of in the middle of summer but who says you can only have chocolate strawberries 1 day a year? To incorporate the strawberries and chocolate well with the custard base, I turned them into liquid-y forms. For the strawberries, I added sugar to them and let them sit for awhile. I then pureed them in a food processor until smooth. Letting them sit helps the juices come out and creates a smoother, sweeter puree. For the chocolate, I melted 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips with 1/4 cup of whole milk in the microwave. I heated the chocolate in 10 second increments to ensure I didn’t burn the chocolate.
Churning the ice cream
After you have your liquid forms, add the strawberry puree to the custard base. Recipe for custard base below. Mix everything together and cool for 30 minutes. I like to do this because if the liquid is too warm, the ice cream doesn’t form correctly. After cooling, pour the strawberry cream into the ice cream maker. Then add in the melted chocolate. You can also combine the chocolate and strawberry cream before you pour it in. Either way, you’ll still get the desired result.
The ice cream maker I use is the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It’s literally the best, and it’s pretty affordable.
Topping off this ice cream recipe
I don’t usually add toppings to my ice cream because I like it straight and simple. However this time I decided to try something new. I added a few sprinkles of cacao nibs I got from Dandelion Chocolate and fresh strawberries. Just a little something to give my chocolate strawberry ice cream a special touch :).
Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream
- 1 cup fresh strawberries
- ½ cup sugar divided
- 1 ¼ cups whole milk
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Cut the strawberries into chunks. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over the strawberries and let sit for 10 minutes so all the juices are released.
- While the strawberries are sitting, whisk together 1 cup of whole milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a small sauce pan. Heat over low heat until the milk is warm (about 3-5 minutes). Try some of the milk to test that it is warm. Add a pinch of salt and stir. Turn off the heat.
- Mix the last 1/4 cup of sugar and egg yolks in a small bowl. Add a spoonful of the milk to the egg mixture and whisk until both are well incorporated. We are raising the temperature of the egg mixture, so the heated milk doesn't cook the eggs.
- Add the egg mixture to the milk in the sauce pan and whisk until the sugar melts. Set aside.
- Add the strawberries from step 1 into a food processor. Pulse until the strawberries are broken down. Add the pureed strawberries to the cream and whisk well. Let the strawberry cream cool for 30 minutes.
- Combine the chocolate chips and the last 1/4 cup of whole milk in a bowl. Heat in the microwave in 10 second increments until the chocolate is melted (about 40 seconds to a minute).
- Pour the strawberry cream into the ice cream maker. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top. Churn for 20 minutes.
- Pour the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight.