This homemade strawberry ice cream is perfect on its own, in milkshakes or in ice cream sandwiches. It’s creamy and sweet and bright, and so, so wonderful!
This homemade strawberry ice cream recipe makes me think of my Grandpa since it’s his favorite. It’s a classic flavor with its sweet, summery berries and creamy texture. Homemade strawberry ice cream is pretty divine stuff although I feel like it gets overlooked for sexier ice cream alternatives with chocolate in them. As I was typing this post, I realized that I’ve mentioned my grandparents on the blog before and funny enough, it was also in connection with ice cream!
My grandpa and I have two common interests. The first one is dancing. In college I took up ballroom and swing dancing. It was around that time when I was doing the Lindy Hop and the Charleston every weekend that my grandpa told me about his WWII days when he was in the navy and used to spend his spare time swing dancing in ports like Australia. When he got home from the war, he would go listen to all the big bands that came through Idaho. He saw the greats that way – Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman- and I cannot say how much I would have loved to been at some of those performances!
The other thing my grandpa and I both love is strawberry ice cream. I remember one summer outing with my extended family when I was a teenager where we everybody was ordering ice cream and Grandpa and I both ordered strawberry. He told me then that it was his favorite flavor and it was my favorite flavor too (at least at the time), and to some extent it still is. It is so, so, so hard to commit to having one FAVORITE flavor of ice cream. I have lots of lower case “favorite” flavors, and I think that’s maybe just how it should be when it comes to ice cream.
I learned the hard way that even though it sounds good to have chunks of strawberries in your strawberry ice cream, in practice they turn out to be frozen little rocks embedded in smooth, creamy ice cream. And that’s definitely not what you want. The best strawberry ice cream uses strawberry puree to flavor the custard base, with a little added vanilla to bring out the all the flavors of the cream and fruit and sugar and really make them sing.
I love this ice cream just as it is – scooped into a bowl or cone and eaten plain – but it is also perfect for a milkshake or as a filling in ice cream sandwiches, especially between soft molasses or chocolate cookies. Or go crazy and use it along with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and make banana splits! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
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