Prepare to be amazed by the incredible fresh strawberry flavor in this homemade no-churn Strawberry Ice Cream! It’s unbelievably creamy, free of any ice crystals, and scoops like a dream. With just five simple ingredients and no need for an ice cream maker, it’s a breeze to whip up.
Now, you may have encountered strawberry ice cream creations at specialized ice cream parlors or high-end restaurants that boast an authentic, unforgettable strawberry essence. It might seem audacious to claim that this homemade strawberry ice cream recipe possesses a flavor that’s truly priceless.
However, when we consider the run-of-the-mill strawberry ice creams available in tubs at supermarkets and even gourmet shops, this recipe stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The secret is quite straightforward. Our recipe relies entirely on an abundance of fresh strawberries, their flavor intensified through roasting. In contrast, commercial ice creams use artificial flavorings and colorings, which simply can’t match the natural brilliance of our strawberry-packed treat.
No churn ice cream
Traditional ice cream production typically commences with a sweetened blend of eggs and cream, which is subsequently poured into an ice cream machine. This machine tirelessly churns the mixture as it steadily transforms into ice cream through the freezing process.
In contrast, this no-churn rendition involves a combination of condensed milk and cream, eliminating the need for an ice cream maker. Remarkably, it yields ice cream that closely rivals the texture and quality of churned ice cream. If you’d like to delve deeper into this no-churn technique and grasp the distinctions between it and ice cream created with an ice cream machine, I invite you to explore my previously shared no-churn Mango Ice Cream recipe for further insights.
Iciness is the bain of fruit ice creams
If you’ve ventured into the world of homemade strawberry ice cream recipes in the past and were let down by the unwelcome presence of ice crystals resulting from the strawberry juice, get ready to rejoice because this recipe is a dream come true!
Solving this issue is remarkably straightforward—simply roast the strawberries. This not only eliminates excess moisture, which is responsible for the formation of ice crystals, but also enhances the strawberry flavor significantly (the oven outperforms the stove in terms of flavor).
As an extra treat for strawberry ice cream enthusiasts, the caramelization of the strawberries lends a deeper, more vibrant pink hue to the ice cream!
How to make no churn strawberry ice cream
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the enchanting process to create this strawberry ice cream masterpiece. The corresponding numbers align with the process images above and below:
- Begin by halving the strawberries, lightly dusting them with a touch of sugar (just enough to kickstart the juicing process), and then roasting them on low heat for an hour.
- Transfer the roasted strawberries into a food processor and blitz them. A crucial note: Refrain from, I repeat, DO NOT indulge in a taste test. Every drop is precious, and I can’t trust myself (or you) to stop at just one tiny taste!
3 & 4. Once the strawberry mixture has cooled, whip it together with condensed milk and vanilla to blend and aerate.
5 & 6. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Now, gently fold the strawberry and cream mixture together—resist the urge to vigorously beat and deflate the fluffiness! You can refer to the video for a demonstration of the folding technique (pretty please!).
7 & 8. Pour the combined mixture into a container and then freeze it for at least 12 hours. The end result is truly extraordinary. It resembles store-bought ice cream in appearance, scooping ease, and creaminess, boasting an absence of ice crystals.
Furthermore, it maintains its shape even as it softens, unlike other shortcut ice creams that seem to transition from rock-hard to a puddle of liquid in an instant, with only a brief window of opportunity for scoopability. But most notably, what makes homemade strawberry ice cream truly precious is that authentic strawberry taste—a rarity in a world dominated by artificial flavorings.
The flavor of this creation is genuinely mind-blowing, offering a rich and abundant dose of REAL strawberry essence. When was the last time you experienced that, apart from devouring fresh strawberries?