This is Rachel Allen’s strawberry ice cream recipe and a firm favourite in our house. 2 of my kids are dairy allergic/intolerant so you can also use a dairy free cream too and it tastes just as good. It is really light and creamy and best of all you don’t need an ice-cream machine!
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- 250g fresh strawberries (you can use frozen)
- Juice of a lemon
- 250g caster sugar
- 200ml water
- 4 large egg whites
- A pinch of cream of tartar (bextartar)
- 300ml cream, whipped (this amounts to about 500ml of whipped cream) / 300ml
- Soya/Dairy-Free Cream
- Puree the strawberries with the lemon juice in a liquidiser or food processor. You could mash them with a fork, but be careful not to leave them too rough as they can get a bit icy!
- Push the puree through a sieve to remove the seeds.
- Place the sugar and water in a saucepan, and heat slowly, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Once dissolved. Boil fiercely for 8/9 minutes, until it thickens and the last drops off a spoon dipped into it form a kind of thread.
- Meanwhile, using an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff.
- Still whisking, gradually pour in the hot syrup in a thin stream, and continue to whisk until the mixture is cool, glossy and stiff (about 4 or 5 minutes).
- Fold in the strawberry puree and the whipped cream, though not completely – it’s nice to leave it slightly marbled.
- Freeze overnight.
This ice cream can be scooped straight from the freezer. We often buy a packet of cones and some sprinkles and they are a much nicer than those offered by the Ice-cream vans every evening!
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