Thursday, June 28, 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream

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
yield:  ~2c

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
dash salt
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??


Tri Cook said...

Sounds good. Think it would be possible to substitute the cane juice with brown sugar and vanilla extract or bean?

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

mmmmmmm so delicious!

Sacha said...

Of course, strawberry is the way to go right now, BUT, I think that carrot cake ice cream looks incredible, too!

Joanne said...

How have I never even HEARD of mimicreme?? I feel like a vegetarian failure.

Elizabeth said...

I want the carrot cake one!!! Let's get ice cream :)

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I know just what you mean about purging cabinets for a move!

Both ice creams look delicious, and I'm definitely curious about mimicreme!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Carrot cake ice cream sounds perfect right about now....which would be breakfast. :-)

Kristen said...

Strawberry ice cream is Adam's favorite. I prefer coffee or black raspberry but you really can't go wrong with strawberry, especially in the heat of summer!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

I have never even heard of mimicreme!?! I'm really excited to start using my new ice cream maker. Both of yours look super yummy!

Cara said...

Moving again? I hope it's somewhere good! I haven't tried mimicreme but I can imagine it works great in ice cream! That carrot cake ice cream is calling my name..

Elina (Satisfied Cravings) said...

Except for the strawberries I picked up as part of my CSA (only a few pints), I totally missed strawberries this season. Maybe one of these years I'm going to go strawberry picking and make all things strawberry. This ice cream would be a great start! :D

Kerstin said...

Yay for strawberry season! It's always a fun challenge using up extra pantry ingredients before a move :)

Rosiecat24 said...

Oh my, yum! Making homemade strawberry ice cream has been on my secret wish-list/to-do list for a long, long time. Yours looks and sounds wondeful.

And oh, ha! I just got the joke. Mimicreme! Vegetarians are so silly :-)

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