Homemade ice cream is one of go-to summer treats. Duh, right? Well when temperatures soar to over 115°F here in Phoenix, ice cream is about all I’m interested in making and enjoying!
I also love this recipe particularly right now because it doesn’t require flour or eggs. Both of which have been in short supply lately.
With temperatures warming up this is the perfect way to brighten your day and keep cool (literally and emotionally ha). Especially if you’re stuck inside.
Below are a ton of recipe tips. This recipe is totally doable, but I wanted to give you all my best advice and answer any possible questions so you can enter the kitchen with total confidence.
Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe Tips
Why You Should Roast Strawberries:
One of the stars of this recipe! It may sound strange to roast strawberries. Especially for ice cream. But just trust me here.
Toss the strawberries with sugar and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and roast in a low 300°F oven for about 30 minutes in order to slightly caramelize the strawberries and bring out all their delightful flavor. This also softens the strawberries so we get little bites of strawberry chunks, which I just love!
The trick is to do this ahead of time and refrigerate the strawberries until they’re chilled. That way, they won’t melt the ice cream when we add them in at the end.
How to Make Soft & Cream Homemade Ice Cream:
For luscious ice cream you need to use dairy whole milk and cream. Anything else will be watery, thin, and just not worth the effort.
The recipe contains a small amount of corn syrup. Why? Well it helps to prevent the ice cream from crystalizing and getting too hard. Feel free to omit it if you want. Another good trick to prevent fruit ice creams from hardening (because of all the water content) is to add a tablespoon of vodka just before you finish churning.
Lastly, if you prefer a smoother ice cream texture, feel free to use a blender to blend all of the ingredients together except the graham crackers before churning. Then add the graham crackers at the end as directed in the recipe.
How to Churn Ice Cream
I used my trusty ice cream machine to make this recipe. If you’re using a similar machine, make 100% sure that the freezer bowl is COMPLETELY frozen before churning otherwise you’ll end up with soup. That means when you shake the freezer bowl, you should hear absolutely no liquid sloshing.
No ice cream maker? No problem. Just follow my tutorial for making ice cream without a machine here.
Storing & Serving:
You can make both the roasted strawberries and ice cream mixture up to a day ahead of time. Just store in separate airtight containers in the fridge.
Be sure to store the ice cream in a very well sealed airtight container with plastic wrap pressed against the surface. This will help prevent the ice cream from crystalizing. Store it for up to 2 weeks.
The longer the ice cream is stored, the more flavorful it will become! However, the longer it’s stored the harder it will become as well. Just leave the ice cream out at room temperature for about 10 minutes before scooping to allow it to soften. Even better, refrigerate it for 30 minutes before scooping so it becomes evenly softened.