Take your favorite strawberry ice cream recipe up a notch by adding chopped chocolate covered strawberries at the end of your churn cycle. A drizzle of hot fudge over the top makes this a truly special dessert.
Serves: 8 servings
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons high-quality vanilla extract
2 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
8 ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate
Combine 1 cup of the cream with the sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pan and drop in the vanilla pod. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream, the milk and the vanilla.
Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is well chilled. Remove the vanilla bean before churning. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Combine 1 cup of the cream with the sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.
Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream, the milk and the vanilla.
Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is well chilled, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare strawberries.
Chop berries into bite-size pieces (about ½" long). Pat dry with paper towels.
Chop the chocolate, and place into a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave chocolate in 15-30 second intervals, stirring as you go with a plastic spatula, until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
Dip the strawberry pieces into the chocolate, remove with a fork, tap excess chocolate off, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet to harden. Repeat until all pieces are coated.
If necessary, place strawberries in the refrigerator until chocolate is hardened.
Cut any large pieces in half (I actually like to see the red from the strawberry, so I cut all of them in half.)
Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to manufacturers instructions until your ice cream is very thick.
Add strawberry pieces and either allow machine to incorporate them, or stir them in with a large spoon.
Pour into freezer safe bowl, cover tightly, and freeze ice cream until hard.
Allow to soften slightly before serving.
Drizzle with hot fudge, and enjoy!
Recipe by Lemon Sugar at http://lemon-sugar.com/2015/02/chocolate-covered-strawberry-ice-cream.html/