Flavor of the Month: Strawberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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First of all, I want to send out my heartfelt thanks and a giant, virtual hug to all of you for your support during my transition to this new site!  All of the positive feedback and great advice I received are very much appreciated.  Joelle and I are still working out some bugs, and I still have a lot of updating to do, so I hope you’ll all continue to bear with us while we clear out all of the remaining dust.

I’ve had a few days to get cozy with WordPress, and I must say – so far, so good.  It isn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be! I actually think I might be able to do this!  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I know you were probably expecting to see Dorie’s lovely Brioche Plum Tart here today. The recipe was chosen by my good friend Denise of Chez Us, and I really, really wanted to make it for you.  But, this web site launch hit me right between the eyes on Friday night.  I wasn’t expecting it to happen for another week!  I spent the entire weekend testing every feature and reorganizing and recategorizing all of my 259 posts, and there just wasn’t time to tend to something as labor intensive as brioche.  My apologies go out to Denise.  I hope that both she and you understand.

On the bright side, I do have a really wonderful treat for you.  It’s time again for another Flavor of the Month recipe.  My pick for July’s Flavor of the Month is Strawberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream, and I think you’re gonna love it!

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In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month.  He recognized the immense popularity of ice cream in the United States,  and stated that this event should be observed with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”   The International Ice Cream Association also encourages both retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month.  According to the IFDA, “the U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry.”  That’s good enough reason for me to celebrate ice cream, not only in July, but all year long!

Now, you know that while I’m never one to shrink from a challenge, I love it when I can find a really terrific recipe that is quick, easy and really delicious.  This ice cream fits the bill. It’s thickened using cornstarch, like my Fleur de Lait Glace and thus, doesn’t require any eggs.   So, no endless stirring and tempering are needed. (I hate that!)  And, this ice cream is absolutely scrumptious!  It’s got a light and bright pure cream flavor with just a pop of tang from the crème fraiche. It’s balanced out by lovely ribbons of sweet, juicy strawberries running through it.  I’m telling you, this stuff is awesome!  I made it twice last week, and it just flew out of my freezer!

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Strawberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream
liberally adapted from The Perfect Scoop

Ingredients:

1 pint strawberries (You can use fresh or frozen, but fresh is better.)
2-3 tablespoons sugar (depending upon how sweet your berries are)
2 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry liqueur* (optional) (I used Fragoli, a wild strawberry liqueur, but you can use Framboise, Chambord or whatever you like.)
2 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup crème fraiche

Directions:

Chop up the strawberries and place in a bowl with the 3 tablespoons of sugar and the liqueur (if using).  Allow to macerate for about an hour or so.  Then, roughly puree in a blender or food processor until slightly chunky.  Set aside.

Combine the milk and 1 cup of sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat until hot, but not simmering.  In another bowl, whisk the cornstarch and cream together until smooth. Add cream mixture to the saucepan and stir until mixture comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a bowl.  Let it cool for about 5 minutes or so, stirring frequently to release the steam. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Once chilled, whisk in the crème fraiche and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  During the last minute of churning, add the strawberry puree to the ice cream maker.

Freeze until the ice cream reaches your desired firmness.

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

50 responses to Flavor of the Month: Strawberry Creme Fraiche Ice Cream

  1. On July 14, 2009 at 7:03pm, anna said...

    I think my mascarpone peach ice cream wants to be friends with your strawberry creme fraiche ice cream.

    • On July 14, 2009 at 11:57pm, Susan said...

      Oooh! Sounds like a match made in heaven!

  2. On July 14, 2009 at 7:29pm, kellypea said...

    What a lovely new blog home you have, Susan! Just fabulous. And the creme fraiche ice cream isn’t too shabby, either, of course ; ) You’ll love WordPress. I switched my non-food blog about a month after I began blogging and am sad it took me so long to change my food blog. No matter — congrats to you on such a successful transfer.

    • On July 15, 2009 at 12:00am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Kelly! I remember your tweets when you were making the switch. I haven’t had much time for Twitter in forever! Miss all the early morning chatting. Can’t wait for school to start so I can have my routine back!

  3. On July 14, 2009 at 8:13pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    Must be rich and delicious beyond belief. Yum. And love the new site design!

  4. On July 14, 2009 at 8:30pm, deeba said...

    Sensational.. the ice cream & the pictures too. Great stuff here Susan. I’m so thrilled that July is for ice-creams! Your blog is a visual treat!

  5. On July 14, 2009 at 8:41pm, Farmer Jen said...

    Delicious!

  6. On July 14, 2009 at 8:42pm, Coleen said...

    The close-up picture of the ice cream in the blue dish is a total winner!!

  7. On July 14, 2009 at 9:25pm, arugulove said...

    This looks marvelous. This looks a lot easier than most ice cream recipes, with the whole custard making process.

    • On July 15, 2009 at 12:05am, Susan said...

      It is a lot easier. I actually prefer an “eggless” ice cream when I’m using fruit.

  8. On July 14, 2009 at 10:29pm, LizAnderson said...

    Well, now — another (and probably the best) reason to like Mr. Regan.

    Tell me — did you actually let the ice cream melt on the linens? I think your pictures are delicious enough to have sparked a little OCD!!!!!

    • On July 15, 2009 at 12:06am, Susan said...

      Lol! Yes, I did. But, it was a 99 cent tea towel from Target, and I washed it immediately! ;)

  9. On July 14, 2009 at 11:47pm, Chaya said...

    First, I love the look of your new blog. It is beautifully coordinated. You also have great stuff here.

    Looking at the icecream is almost convincing me to buy an icecream maker. That icecream looks so light and fluffy. The flavor is a dream.

    It is a pleasure to visit here. Thanks.

    • On July 15, 2009 at 12:07am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Chaya! You’re welcome here anytime. :)

  10. On July 15, 2009 at 12:20am, Eliana said...

    Glad wordpress is treating you well. And your ice cream looks absolutely incredible. I want to put my spoon through the screen and have some now.

  11. On July 15, 2009 at 1:06am, Rosa said...

    A delightful ice cream anf fabulous pictures!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  12. On July 15, 2009 at 3:42am, nina said...

    I can see where this site is heading…some famous publication……..It is so inviting, vibrant!!! The ice-cream is leaving me speechless!!!

    • On July 15, 2009 at 9:54pm, Susan said...

      I wish! Lol! Thanks, Nina! :D

  13. On July 15, 2009 at 9:55am, Bellini Valli said...

    Welcome to your new site Susan!!!!! It is so easy to get around:D It is unfair for me to drolling over ice cream though at 7 AM:D

    • On July 15, 2009 at 9:55pm, Susan said...

      It’s never too early to drool over ice cream! ;)

      BTW, Happy Birthday!

  14. On July 15, 2009 at 10:27am, Peter said...

    Susan, once you’re oriented with WP, you’ll wonder why you stuck with Blogger so long…you went from a Pontiac to a Porsche…gotta learn how to handle it but performance is better!

    This ice cream is sublime…I’d like one big scoop on a sugar cone, please.

    • On July 15, 2009 at 9:56pm, Susan said...

      Hmmm. I’m definitely more of a Porsche kind of girl!

      Trying to send you a cone, but it won’t fit through the wires. ;)

  15. On July 15, 2009 at 11:50am, Veron said...

    Great site Susan. I just moved from Typepad to WordPress too. That ice cream looks delicious!

    • On July 15, 2009 at 9:57pm, Susan said...

      Thanks! I’ll have to come visit. :)

  16. On July 15, 2009 at 12:55pm, grace said...

    that is some absolutely luscious ice cream, and your new site is phenomenal! i just love pink. :)

  17. On July 15, 2009 at 1:21pm, CookiePie said...

    That ice cream looks fabulous — strawberry is my favorite, and I bet the creme fraiche is sooooo delicious in there!

  18. On July 15, 2009 at 4:19pm, Wendy said...

    YUM. Your ice cream looks and sounds delicious. I love the color.

  19. On July 15, 2009 at 8:04pm, Margaret said...

    This looks fantastic!!! Great new home. Look forward to visiting often.

  20. On July 15, 2009 at 9:22pm, Maria said...

    LOVE your new site. LOVE IT! And this ice cream looks sooooo good! Your photos are stunning. Oh and I love your new site, did I say that already? :)

    • On July 16, 2009 at 11:26pm, Susan said...

      Thanks, Maria! I’m glad you like the site…and the ice cream! Lol! :D

  21. On July 16, 2009 at 1:33am, Vibi said...

    Loved it when I saw it here on your blog, made it… will churn tomorrow morning. I made something closer to the original though, but the strawberry and sour cream just caught my eye! Had to try. Isn’t it cool to inspire your readers like that??? LOL Thanks for sharing!

    • On July 16, 2009 at 11:24pm, Susan said...

      Yes, it is very cool! I hope you love the ice cream! :)

  22. On July 16, 2009 at 2:22pm, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    The ice cream looks soo good! And that’s an awesome looking scoop! Which company?

    • On July 16, 2009 at 9:50pm, Susan said...

      Glad you like it! The scoop is by Cuisinart.

  23. On July 16, 2009 at 11:25pm, rebecca subbiah said...

    love this blog

    By the way I changed my site address to https://chowandchatter.blogspot.com
    To match the name ! Love Rebecca

  24. On July 17, 2009 at 12:03pm, zoe said...

    I’m new here, the site looks so cute! This ice-cream however looks devilishly good!

  25. On July 17, 2009 at 4:01pm, ingrid said...

    Sounds great! I’ve made some buttermilk ice creams (yum!) before but not creme fraiche. I will have to give this a try as I do believe I have creme fraiche in the fridge though I’m thinking banana instead of strawberry. :)
    ~ingrid

  26. On July 18, 2009 at 12:22am, Manggy said...

    Ooh, this reminds me of the divine Haagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream. (I dunno if it’s not as special there, since it’s so common, but here it’s quite an indulgence!) The first ingredient is “creme fraiche.” I don’t know if they mean creme fraiche or fresh cream, lol. But I love the tartness. Awesome!

    • On July 18, 2009 at 10:53am, Susan said...

      I’m a fan of the Haagen-Dazs too, but I actually like this one better! You could also use sour cream if you can’t find real creme fraiche. :)

  27. On July 18, 2009 at 12:25am, Anne said...

    Well, if I may be so bold since we only met a couple of months ago–this site is TOTALLY YOU! Luscious, sassy, and also very well organized and thought out. I love it. Plus the opening ice cream scoop pic almost looks like a pinup girl picture, it is so flirty. Brava!

    • On July 18, 2009 at 10:55am, Susan said...

      Thanks, Anne! I’m so glad you like the new site AND the ice cream! “Pinup girl”! Lol! How have you been?

  28. On July 18, 2009 at 9:11am, Tender B. said...

    Love the new look, great coloring scheme. The pink goes perfect with your strawberry ice cream recipe which sounds so delicious!

  29. On July 18, 2009 at 3:15pm, Cynthia said...

    These are such inviting photographs and go very well with the colour-scheme for your blog!

  30. On July 19, 2009 at 3:00am, Cakelaw said...

    Your new site is gorgeous Susan – I adore the header! This icecream also looks gorgeous – I could eat it by the bucket right now.

  31. On July 19, 2009 at 10:08pm, Jeff said...

    I love the waffle cone pic! This sounds so amazing and I love the creme fraiche.

  32. On July 20, 2009 at 6:03pm, Jennifer (Savor) said...

    Be sure to enter this in the Ice Cream Social Challenge:
    http://savorthethyme.blogspot.com/2009/07/national-ice-cream-month-ice-cream.html

  33. On July 22, 2009 at 10:46pm, Tangled Noodle said...

    Such a beautiful ice cream! I’m so excited about this dessert because I’ve managed to successfully make crème fraîche at home; I love the flavor and can’t wait to try it in ice cream!

  34. On July 23, 2009 at 7:56am, Lucy said...

    Oooh I think this must be the best Flavourof the Month yet – it looks delicious and summery :)

  35. On August 10, 2009 at 10:30pm, Kristen said...

    LOVING your photos, as always… love the pink!

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