This is an old, southern way of making ice cream and it is so darn scrumptious, we have to pace ourselves from eating it all up at one sitting. It really is that fine.
To me, there is nothing better than a custard base for ice cream, one that is heavy on egg yolks and heavy cream. One churned the old fashion way with chipped ice and rock salt in an old wooden barrel type ice cream maker. Of course, the model I use is equipped with an electric motor which saves my arm for better things like lifting the spoon to my mouth.
The only improvement I would suggest is using vanilla beans in this recipe; I just didn’t have any on hand so I’m giving you the recipe using extract. The vodka is an added addition as with it, the cream doesn't freeze rock hard. Enjoy!
Strawberry Custard Ice Cream
about 8 servings
1 1/2 pounds fresh strawberries
1/3 cup plus 3/4 cup superfine sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
juice from 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon
2 large whole eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon strawberry vodka
In a medium bowl, combine the hulled strawberries with 1/3 cup of sugar, salt and the lemon juice. Stir to coat, cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the 3/4 cup of sugar followed with mixing in the vanilla. Set aside.
Place the milk in the top of a double boiler and over barely simmering water or in a medium saucepan over low heat. I like to use a double boiler when making custards so I do not have to labor or be as attentive as with using a saucepan. Either way will work, just be sure to not let the milk come to a boil. Heat the milk to just under a simmer, bubbles will appear around the outer edges.
Carefully whisk about 1/4 cup of the hot milk into the the bowl of egg mixture whisking all while. Slowly stream the egg mixture into the double boiler (or saucepan) stirring constantly. Cook whisking the custard until the consistency is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Scrape the custard into a large mixing bowl and stir in the heavy cream. Allow to cool for a brief time and refrigerate covered for about 4 hours or until well chilled.
Place the custard into the ice cream canister and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. When the cream is about to set, which should be about the consistency of whipped cream, add the strawberry mixture along with the vodka. Continue until the ice cream is set.
Transfer the ice cream to a sealed container and place in the freezer for about 3 hours to harden.