How was everyone’s Valentines Day??
Ours was super low key. We celebrated in style this past weekend with a fancy dinner and fancy cocktails so last night was nice to hang out and catch up on Vanderpump Rules. I made a home cooked meal and we each enjoyed a glass of champagne (or two). Kelly surprised me with a dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries when I got home which is always a pleasant way to come home 🙂
Anyway, we finished up the evening with a small bowl of some homemade strawberry ice cream and it was too good not to share with y’all. The homemade aspect makes things fun, but it’s also got such a rich and fresh taste to it that store bought ice cream can’t beat.
I will warn you, though. This recipe is not very easy on the hips, ladies. It’s extremely rich, but well worth the splurge in calories. Trust me on this one. Here is how to make it:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups of whole milk
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons of Mexican vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
8-10 ripe strawberries
Heat heavy cream and milk over medium heat on the stove top and continually stir. Stirring will help avoid the milk from curdling. Once the mixture becomes warm, add your sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk together over the heat until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer cream mixture into a bowl and cool it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You want it just cool enough so the mixture won’t melt the cylinder that’s frozen in the ice cream maker.
While your cream mixture is cooling, smash up about 8-10 strawberries in a bowl until it has the consistency of a thick jam. I like to leave a few large bits of strawberry to enjoy small bites of strawberry in the ice cream.
After your cream mixture is cooled, transfer the mixture into an ice cream maker, slowly add the smashed strawberries, and churn the mixture for approximately 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes is up, your mixture will be very thick. Transfer your ice cream into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for about 2-3 hours or until it reaches the consistency you desire.
Next, spoon a few scoops into a bowl and enjoy! This was a delicious way to end our evening and the color matched the theme of V-Day quite perfectly. Kelly loved it as much as I did.
How did y’all spend your Valentine’s evening??