I remember spending many hot summer days outside sitting by the ice cream machine watching it turn round and round, waiting for the deliciousness to be done. It seemed to take forever.
When I was really young, my parents had a hand-crank ice cream maker. I still have two of these, just in case we ever feel the need to build some muscles. As I got older, they stepped up and bought an electric one. Today there are many different kinds of ice cream freezers available that are super easy to use.
We made this recipe by modifying our Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. It can be made using your favorite fruit. I have made it using peaches, black cherries, and strawberries (as seen here). It has a lot of fruit flavor and is fun for the kids to help make.
Ingredients for Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream:
2 cups half and half
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup pure cane granulated sugar
½ cup pureed sugared strawberries (½ cup strawberries with a tablespoon of sugar, pureed in a food processor or blender)
Dash of salt
Instructions for Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream:
1 cup sliced sugared strawberries (1 cup strawberries with a tablespoon of sugar put aside to fold in after freezing ice cream mixture)
Pour first 5 ingredients into a quart jar, replace lid tightly, and shake until sugar is dissolved. I have the kids pass the jar around, taking turns shaking it. Pour into a 1 ½ quart electric ice cream freezer and allow ice cream to churn and freeze until stiff. This should take about 40-45 minutes, depending on your ice cream freezer. Fold in remaining sugared strawberries. Enjoy!
This recipe makes a little more than a quart.