Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

July 2, 2013

Do you make ice cream from scratch? You will want to after I show you how easy it is! Hi there. It’s Jillian here with this month’s installment of Delicious Bites. When I read through your suggestions for Delicious Bites last month when I shared my Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake recipe, many of you asked for an ice cream recipe so here is my top secret, never ever shared before recipe for strawberry ice cream.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Many years ago I went out for dinner with my sister and for dessert we had the most delicious strawberry ice cream served in a brandy snap basket which were all the rage in the ‘80’s. I came home and vowed to replicate the dessert. It’s been through a few incarnations in its time but this version has been around the longest. I’ve been nurturing my strawberry plant for a few months now hoping to use a few home grown berries in the ice cream but so far all it’s managed to produce are the 2 teeny weeny strawberries you can see.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Technically this is a strawberry semifreddo rather than an ice cream so don’t worry if you don’t own an ice cream maker because you don’t need one. You can make the strawberry ice cream in the freezer but if you do own an ice cream maker please don’t whip the cream before placing it into the churn. I did that once at my parents place and ended up with a batch of strawberry butter chunk ice cream, which I can tell you was not nice at all.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

There are a few steps in this recipe starting with making a strawberry puree. You could puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor but I prefer to use an old fashioned potato masher, that way there are lots of chunky bits of strawberry all through your ice cream. There’s no tricky egg custard to make, instead you make a sort of eggy mousse and add all the other ingredients to the mousse.

Years ago, I used to whip up those brandy snap baskets but these days I serve the ice cream as is just topped with a few extra berries. Home made strawberry ice cream tastes so much better than anything you’ve ever bought that you might become mildly addicted to it! My Dad makes his own version and his strawberry ice cream is legendary. I’ve also made this ice cream using pureed mango instead of strawberries and my Dad assures me his Passion fruit version is divine.

Here’s the recipe for you. I do hope you like it and if you try the recipe with any other variations, I’d love to know how they worked for you.

Strawberry Ice Cream
250 grams strawberries
1/2 cup caster sugar
the juice of half a lemon
2 large eggs
300 mls cream

Wash and hull the strawberries. Mash roughly in a bowl. Add half the sugar and the lemon juice and mix until the sugar has dissolved. Place to one side. Combine the eggs and the remaining sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Place a small saucepan of water onto the stove and bring to a simmer. Place the bowl containing the egg mixture over the simmering water and make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t make contact with the water. Continue to whisk the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy and is lukewarm to the touch.

Remove the bowl from the heat and continue to whisk the egg mixture until it’s three times its initial size and has returned to room temperature. Place the bowl in the fridge to cool.
If using an ice cream maker, combine the egg mixture, the cream and the strawberry mixture together in one bowl and place in the ice cream maker. Churn the mixture until it sets then scrape from the machine into a storage container and place in the freezer until it’s time to serve.

If not using an ice cream maker, whip the cream in a medium size bowl until soft peaks form. Gently mix the cream, the strawberry mixture and the egg mixture until just combined. Place into a sealed container and freeze until the outer edges are firm and the centre is soft. Remove the ice cream from the freezer, place the contents into a bowl and stir until smooth. Replace the ice cream mixture back into the storage container, seal and return to the freezer until set.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

About 30 minutes before serving time, take the ice cream from the freezer and place it in the fridge to allow the ice cream to soften a little.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Thanks for all your ideas for ‘delicious bites’. I’m working on a few of them so look out for your suggestions appearing in the column in the coming months. See you all again next month! – Jillian

(images/text: jillian lieboff)


  • Reply Iva Y July 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I love that there’s an option to make this without an ice-cream maker, since I don’t own one :) I’m so making this for my family!

  • Reply Coco July 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It looks so delicious :)
    and great pictures!!

  • Reply Valerie July 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jillian – looks scrummy.

  • Reply Hannes Uys July 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    All I can say is STUNNING! and YUMM! :-)

  • Reply Aasif Interior July 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Really a nice dish, I like all above dishes in winter session as well. Strawberry is mine one of the best flavour …


    Aasif Interior Decorator Meerut, India

  • Reply Domi July 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, looks awesome – have no doubt it’s delicious, too! Can’t wait to try.

  • Reply Daisy July 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Oh my gosh….this looks so yummy!! Makes me want some now……

  • Reply Marjory July 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This strawberry ice cream looks delicious and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try it with organic ingredients.. :)

  • Reply Denis July 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    This is exactly what we are doing tonight! Thanks for sharing! Love x

  • Reply Doreen July 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Oh strawberry time again. It is always a refreshing experience, every year. I could just eat that strawberry ice cream. It is too late to go and buy some,
    or the ingredients. I guess I´ll have to eat an apple.

    The photos of the strawberries are beautiful. I find this cute little berry seems to have a crown, with its green leaves at the top.
    Thank you for showing, Doreen

  • Reply Peyton July 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    This looks delicious!!


  • Reply Jennifer July 3, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe myself!

  • Reply Gema July 3, 2013 at 4:27 am

    This strawberry ice cream looks DELICIOUS! not a big fan of strawberries but definitely going to try it!

  • Reply Happy Homemaker UK July 3, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Jullian, your photography is stunning!

  • Reply Becky July 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Oh yum! Looks delicious!

  • Reply Annie | STYLEJUICER.COM July 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This is so funny as I saw the photos on Pinterest first and now I come across your feature! LOVELY photography and as always a pleasure to read your posts!

  • Reply gosia July 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    must try it! semifreddo? great!it’s even better than ice cream. tnx

  • Reply jillian leiboff July 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for all your lovely comments,


  • Reply Jillian Leiboff July 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

    @Annie | STYLEJUICER.COM: Thanks so much Annie. You made my day.

  • Reply Maria G. July 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I love it because it is a very healthy ice cream option and they look yummy! You used fresh strawberries and you can decide how much sugar to put. I think my kids would love it if we whipped this homemade ice cream up for the Fourth of July.

  • Reply Interior Designer Meerut July 8, 2013 at 7:05 am

    @Peyton: too mcuh beautiful and delicious and crucnhy!!


    Aasif Interior Decorator Meerut, India

  • Reply Melissa December 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Made this for my daughters first birthday. My kids are weird about pieces of fruit so I puréed the berries. If you do this I recommend using less strawberries because all the liquid changes the texture of the ice cream. That said, it was gone fast. Less than 24 :). Thanks for the GREAT recipe. Smooth, natural, as beautiful as the photos and I didn’t feel even a tiny bit guilty letting them eat so much of it.

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