It's that time of year again.
Time to purge things that have been in my cabinet for too long so they don't have to get packed up and moved. Again.
At some point (probably 2 years ago) I had picked up a nut-based cream substitute. I'm sure there was a reason or recipe idea in my head when I bought it, but it has long since vanished. When I realized it was sweetened, I figured it'd be best to try it out in ice cream! With a pint full of perfect farm-fresh strawberries, I wanted a recipe that really let them shine, and this was it. Full of flavor, this is the perfect summer-time treat :)
Strawberry Ice Cream
adapted from Dave Lebovitz
If you don't have sweetened mimicreme, feel free to use another dairy or non-dairy creamer or even rice milk like Dave does in his original recipe and increase the sugar to 1/3c.
1lb roughly chopped strawberries (~3c)
3T vanilla sugar (evaporated cane juice & vanilla bean, whirred in food processor)
1 1/2T honey
1c sweetened mimicreme
2t fresh lemon juice
Add strawberries to a medium bowl, along with the sugar and honey. Stir to combine, and let sit at RT for about 1hr.
Add berries, sugar and accumulated juices to a blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend to your desired consistency (either completely creamy, very chunky or somewhere in between). Taste and add more lemon juice, if desired. Place mixture in fridge until thoroughly chilled.
Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
If you're wondering what else I did with the mimicreme... vegan carrot cake ice cream! Delicious and warming in its own right, but... it being summer, I found myself reaching for my strawberry ice cream first :)
My changes to the recipe: coconut spread for margarine, almond milk for soy milk, mimicreme for creamer, and reduced the sugar to 1/4c.
Have you ever tried mimicreme? If not, perhaps you'd like to chime in with your favorite ice cream flavor??