The food processor has taken on a life of its own. How often does a recipe suggest you mix a dough in the food processor rather than the mixer? A lot! I find that I make use of this handy gadget, more and more. Now that I also have the mini food processor, life has been made even easier. I would not think to take out the big one to chop nuts or shred chocolate but the mini is easy to use, takes little space and cleans up quickly.
For this creamy dessert, it is an obvious choice and it worked beautifully and easily. Three cheers for the food processor.
Strawberry – It Could Be Cream (Ice Cream)
I had a pint of fresh strawberries and about 8 ounces of frozen strawberries.
2 ripe bananas
Put fruit into food processor.
Turn it on and let it go and go and go.
You will see the changes as it rotates.
I took it out, the first time, too early and ended up with a nice strawberry sherbet.
I put the frozen sherbet in the microwave for about one minute until it was slightly softened.
I returned it to the food processor for about ten minutes. I was afraid of burning out the motor, so I stopped every two minutes for a minute or so, to let it cool down.
After this time period, I had creamy “ice cream”.
I used my cookie scoop, rather than my ice cream scoop, to make balls.
I was still gun shy about this holding together but it did.
My husband took it plain and said it could be sweeter and he doesn’t like anything with sugar. Depending on taste, you might want to add a little sweetener.
I had the chocolate syrup on mine so I didn’t have that problem.
For the winter, the machine stayed in the freezer, waiting to be used, but we did not want ice cream in the cold winter. We keep our home, cold by normal standards. There was no desire on our parts for cold food, even a treat, like ice cream. I would see recipes that appealed to me but they appealed in name only. Even the yummiest sounding did not move that ice cream maker. (neither of the two ice cream makers. I am one too.)
Then, this hot, oppressively hot summer came and what could be better than ice cream and I have been making the creamy delight, whenever possible. The last flavor, I made was strawberry and I was really surprised how much better it was than store-bought. The true flavor of strawberries came through. I made it, leaving little flecks of strawberry, throughout and we enjoyed hitting pure strawberry in the midst of the cream.
The other day, one of my grandson came over and I brought him homemade chocolate cookies and even better, some of the strawberry ice cream. This is a grown-up grandson which made his reaction rewarding. He looked at me, with a look that said, “Wow”, and asked if I really make my own ice cream. After his first bite, he wanted to know what was in it. I gave an ice cream lesson.
As food bloggers, we take for granted our own growth in cooking and even our personal expansion of our repertoire of recipes. Others may not appreciate this or they may be in awe.
am leaving the original measurements.) (adapted from All Recipes)
Yield 8 servings
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups mashed fresh strawberries
In a large bowl, combine the milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, strawberries, and food coloring. Pour the mixture into the freezer bowl of an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
This is delicious. This is a smoothie made from mango andstrawberrywith a littlevanillaand a little cinnamon. Add the yogurt and you have a drink, most will want. I can’t wait to make this again. The mango rounded off the strawberry to blend smoothly into a vanilla yogurt.
Strawberry Mango Smoothie
4 large strawberries, halved
1/2 mango, cubed
11/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 – 2 tablespoons sugar, depending on your taste for sweetness
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup ice cubes
Put ice cubes, strawberries, mango, yogurt, sugar, cinnamon in the blender. Mix on blend for 15 seconds. Then pulse about 10 times. Check for readiness. I like it smooth. If you like some small chunks, stop your blender earlier. Mine had tiny red dots from the strawberries.
If it needs more blending, pulse it, until done.
Now the good part. Pour into glasses and drink up. You can also do what I did and buy strawberries for a blueberry smoothie with almond and maybe peaches.