I blame Sam.

Sam, of Sweet Pleasure:  Plaisir Sucré, is responsible for my being a bit lighter in the wallet this first day of July. When he announced his Ice Cream event, I smiled and was happy for I knew that I would be reading many posts about a subject that is near and dear to my heart … ice cream.

I imagined what Sam would create and what the ice cream-crazy among you would create. But I did not include myself in that group for you see, our family’s beloved ice cream maker kicked the bucket (pardon the pun) awhile ago.

When my brother and I were children and MP3 players and video games were nothing but a rumour, we would get gifts like books, puzzles, board games, and one particularly happy Christmas, a telescope! But I will never forget the year that my dear Uncle N bought us an ice cream maker.

My brother and I, both lovers of ice cream, were young enough that we’d never actually taken time to consider where it is that ice cream comes from. As long as there was a healthy supply in the freezer at home then we were happy. But we were also old enough to be mightily excited about the prospect of having our very own endless supply of ice cream.

That was an awesome gift.

Our ice cream maker was a Philips model that was tiny and adorable. I don’t recall how much ice cream it made but I doubt that it was more than a quart. It had a plastic lid through which you could watch the machine’s arm turn slowly. As it turned, it would scrape across the frozen insert (you had to freeze it ahead of time) and with each scrape, a little bit of heaven was formed. The machine took a long time to form what we would call a semblance of ice cream. And even after the machine had been turning for an hour, the texture of the ice cream was never completely firm. But we enjoyed the lovely softness of our ice cream and we didn’t mind at all.

While we indulged in the usual suspects … those being vanilla and chocolate … our favourite was coffee ice cream. I imagine that we fancied ourselves very grown up wolfing down coffee ice cream even though we couldn’t drink the actual liquid unless it was accompanied by lots of milk and served at breakfast.

We loved that machine. But it eventually gave out and we said goodbye. The years past and the memory of homemade ice cream began to fade. Even when I read Sam’s announcement of the ice cream event I didn’t think about buying a new machine.

Did I really need another small appliance?

But as time passed, I began researching ice cream makers. I was surprised at how many people own them now and slowly, my resolve began to fade. It faded completely when I purchased a copy of Lori Longbotham’s Luscious Berry Desserts, which  holds a recipe for Strawberry Crème Fraîche Ice Cream.

Surely it was a sign. It’s strawberry season. I have (always) crème fraîche in the refrigerator. It’s a long weekend and there’s plenty of time to make ice cream. So without hesitation, I stuffed my little Cream Puff self in the car and zipped off to buy my brand new ice cream maker which I already love dearly!

But I am still a bit lighter in the wallet. And what’s worse … I’m now obsessed with ice cream.

Sam, it’s all your fault!

Strawberry Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Coconut, Vanilla Sugar and Lemon Zest

Adapted from Luscious Berry Desserts by Lori Longbotham.

  • 2 cups strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • a pinch of salt
  1. Place the strawberries and both sugars in the food processor. Process until the strawberries are puréed.
  2. Place the purée in a bowl. Add the cream, crème fraîche, lemon juice, lemon zest, coconut extract and salt. Mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (the mixture should be very cold when you pour it into the ice cream maker).
  4. Freeze the ice cream according to the instructions wit your ice cream maker. With my machine, it took about 25 minutes for the ice cream to be ready.
  5. Once the ice cream is done, pack it into a container and freeze. Or just eat it right out of the machine.
  6. Enjoy!

Note:  This recipe will make about a quart of ice cream.

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