Homemade Strawberry Cardamon Ice Cream!

We are so pleased to partner with Cuisinart to introduce you to the Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker- your must-have summer addition!  You're welcome!  

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Summer is coming and there is nothing better than freshly picked organic strawberries, homemade ice cream and a sunny day!  When you can have them all-together - it's a perfect day!  We took Cuisinart's basic (there is nothing basic tasting about it) and added a bit of spices to it - OH MY!

For this recipe get the kids involved!  Kids can top the strawberries, measure, pour, stir, push the Cool Creations button and tell you when they think the ice cream is done and best of all, they make the best taste testers!  It's never too early (or too late) to introduce healthy eating and cooking and making food a part of everyday food education! 

We actually had so much ice cream left that we topped the Strawberry Cardamon Ice Cream on top of left-over waffles!  Absolutely delicious.  

Cuisinart's new Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker is nothing short of spectacular!  Seriously.  It makes the most delicious ice cream with the simplest of ingredients.  Kind of makes you wonder what on earth they add to store bought ice cream?  Yikes.  

As always with recipes - ingredients matter!  We choose organic, fair trade strawberries, grass fed whole milk, organic cream and sugar and the spices that have not been irradiated, for our ice cream.  This recipe involved no cooking and may just become your family's favorite summer treat!

 Ingredients - 

Strawberries - 1/2 cups (cut the tops off)
Whole Milk  - 3/4 cup
Heavy Cream - 1.5 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamon - 2 pinches 
Ceylon Cinnamon - 1 teas

Add-Ins Options - a teaspoon of Manuka Honey, a 1/2 cup of raspberries, leave out the cardamon and add-in nutmeg.  Leave out the strawberries and add in chopped chocolate! 
What to do - 

Top the strawberries and place in food processor with chopping blade.  Pulse until roughly chopped.  If you prefer finely chopped and almost liquid-y, that still works great!  If you do not have a food processor, you may use a blender.

In medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed (or even a whisk ) to combine milk, sugar and spices.  Taste and add a bit more cardamon to taste.  We tend to like a bit more!  Stir in your mixed strawberries.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.  Whisk mixture again before pouring into the ice cream maker.

Press the Ice Cream button and then start.  Please note, if you forget the stir piece in the ice cream maker...it doesn't quite work.  Yes, it took me a few seconds to realize something was missing!  Make sure you put the mixer piece into the frozen ice cream bowl, before you start the machine and preferably before you pour in your mixture!  Cool Creations Ice Cream Maker has it's own timer and ours was ready when it stopped.  If you prefer your ice cream firmer then transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours.   

We enjoy Strawberry Cardamon ice cream with left-over waffles and coffee (or water), by itself topped with extra strawberries or simply out of the machine!

Top with fresh strawberries, close your eyes and taste.
Completely glorious!

The kids got too excited and added a bit too much heavy cream.  
(okay, really...it was me!  I couldn't wait!) 

My Notes:

I am a huge fan of Cuisinart - Just ask my coffee pot, food processor, coffee grinder and various other appliances! 

I use organic heavy cream with zero "extras".  It should just be heavy cream!

I use grass fed organic whole milk - non-homogenized 
- like Organic Valley  and Kalona.

I use Frontier and Simply Organic Spices.  They are organic, non-GMO and not irradiated. (that's bad)

I have been buying Driscoll's strawberries.  They are now (or at least the ones I have been buying) Fair Trade and Organic!  Food and Farmers Matter!  Treat them right and they will treat you right - wellness!

This is a yummy collaboration with Cuisinart!  Opinions are my own and if you don't like strawberries...how about blackberry ice cream?!


Unknown said…
You've inspired me to get out my ice cream maker.
Anel said…
I need an ice cream maker!
Fiddlin' Dandi said…
My family loves to make homemade ice cream!