Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a bowl of fresh homemade strawberry ice cream?  Earlier this week I mentioned that I bought a big box of strawberries… I’m talking two pounds. We had a few that were getting overly ripe… I knew exactly what to do with them. I pureed them and made ice cream! Fresh fruit ice cream is always a favorite of mine and strawberry is certainly no exception. It’s easy to make, freezes while you’re cleaning up and is ready to go in a couple of hours. This morning we’re headed to a breakfast, parade and then later tonight we’ll be watching fireworks from the stadium. When we get home guess what we’ll be diving into a bowl full of? Yep.


Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream Recipe

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Course: Dessert, Ice Cream & Frozen Treats
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Chill, Churn and Freeze: 4 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 6 - 8
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team
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  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean - scraped
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries - hulled and pureed


  • Combine pureed strawberries and 2 tbsp. of sugar in a bowl. Place in refrigerator until needed.
  • Slice the vanilla bean in half and scrape in to a medium saucepan. Add in vanilla extract, heavy cream, milk, salt, and sugar. Turn heat to medium and bring mixture to a very low simmer (just before it starts to boil and forms bubbles around the edge).
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks. While constantly whisking, slowly pour the heated milk mixture in to the egg mixture. Continue to pour milk while whisking. Pour the contents back to the pan and cook until mixture becomes thick and coats the back of a rubber spatula (it should also reach 170 degrees on a thermometer).
  • Remove immediately and pour through a mesh sieve into a large clean mixing bowl. Place the bowl over an ice bath to cool and then place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly (approximately 25-30 minutes).
  •  Pour mixture into ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Churn for approximately 25-30 minutes. 
  • When ice cream has thickened, remove half of the ice cream from the machine and place in a freezer safe container. Pour in strawberries and continue to run machine until strawberries have blended. Pour into vanilla portion and swirl with a skewer or butter knife. Freeze for 4-6 hours before serving.


Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1069IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg

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Adapted from Naturally Ella, Strawberry Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream 

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  1. I’m not even real fond of ice cream, but your photo makes it look so tantalizing! Great recipe – thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  2. Great ice cream.

    I found this via Simple Living with Diane Balch. I linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a super week.

  3. The ice cream is so delicious looking. I make ice cream with cream and no milk. My husband who grew up in an ice cream making business said that using some milk makes the ice cream harder Does yours scoop out well? I really want to make this. Thank you.