Strawberry ice cream

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time100 mins
  • DifficultyEasy

For the ice cream

6 large eggs yolks
100g caster sugar
475ml double cream
Pinch fine salt
700ml strawberry puree, recipe follows

For the strawberry puree

600g strawberries, hulled and halved
80g honey, plus more as needed
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime, plus more if needed
Special Equipment: ice cream maker

1) In a medium bowl lightly whisk the yolks together with a 50g of the sugar. Set aside.

2) In a non-reactive saucepan combine the remaining 50g of sugar, 350ml of the cream, and the salt. Heat the cream mixture over medium-high heat until just boiling. Remove from the heat; whisk the eggs constantly while gradually pouring the hot liquid into the yolks. Return the egg mixture to the saucepan.

3) Cook the mixture while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure 8 motion, over medium-low heat, until thickened, about 5 mins. When the ice cream mixture is properly cooked it coats the back of the spoon, is satiny thick, and free of any bubbles on the surface. (The ice cream base will taste slightly egg-y.) When the mixture is thickened pull it from the heat; add the reserved cream, and strain it through a fine strainer into a medium bowl.

4) Set the bowl of ice cream base in a bowl of ice and whisk until cool. Add the strawberry puree.

5) Freeze the strawberry mixture in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. (Take care not to over churn the ice cream or it can have a grainy texture.) Place the ice cream in the freezer to set up for at least 1 hr. Serve.

For the strawberry puree:
1) Put the strawberries and the honey in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer; cook, stir frequently, until the berries break down and get juicy, about 10 mins. Remove from the heat and let cool.

2) Add the lime juice. Taste and adjust the sweetness or tartness of the puree with more honey or lime if needed. Use now, or refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for 1 month.

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