Vanilla Ice Cream with Freshly-Picked Strawberries

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I was able to take my kids out to pick strawberries this morning, and my four-year-old has been begging me to make ice cream to go with the strawberries. My two favorite ice cream recipes are either plain vanilla served with fruit, or coffee ice cream. The coffee ice cream is an absolutely delicious substitute for afternoon coffee or tea (although it does have a few more calories than a standard cup of Joe!). Vanilla ice cream is always a hit, especially with real vanilla bean powder.

So, to make the vanilla ice cream, you’ll need to plan ahead a little bit and freeze the bowl of the ice cream maker for 24 hours. (I just store the bowl of my ice cream maker in the freezer so that it’s ready to go any time I want to use it.)

Then you’ll need to mix the milk, cream, vanilla and sugar together, shake or stir well and keep it refrigerated for 2 hours prior to putting it in the ice cream maker. Then you just turn on the ice cream maker, pour in the milk mixture and let it churn for 15-20 minutes! For best results, freeze it right away before eating it… if you can wait!


Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries

  • Author: Weaver's Orchard
  • Category: Dessert


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder or paste


  1. Freeze the bowl of an ice cream maker for 24 hours.
  2. Mix ingredients together in a 1-quart jar. Shake well. Refrigerate two hours to allow the sugar to completely dissolve.
  3. Turn on ice cream maker. Pour in milk mixture. Mix 15-20 minutes. Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe bowl for 2-4 more hours.
  4. Serve with fresh berries and enjoy!

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