One word for this dish, DELICIOUS! Flicking through my collection of cookbooks (I only have 3 though), I found a recipe that instantly caught my attention and I wanted to create it straight away. The name is the Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream Slice. Slices of vanilla ice cream with strawberry cream swirled together to create a wonderful combination. Strawberries and cream really go well together. Originally, the recipe had raspberries in it and it required bought vanilla ice cream. But I changed it a little by swapping the main hero of the ice cream, the raspberries for the strawberries as well as making my Easy Peasy Ice Cream recipe that I use most of the time. You can tell by now how much I love this recipe. It is super easy and makes creamy ice cream without the hard effort.
Now, back to the ice cream. Photographing this was quite tricky as the ice cream started to melt (it was a little hot that day) really quickly. I had to put it back in the freezer again to take photos when some of it melted in a puddle. But the melted ice cream actually tasted like a good milkshake though. So make sure you store it in the freezer like any other ice cream and serve it right away. This specific recipe would need to be frozen overnight before serving (its worth the wait) and it is yummy on its own or with fresh strawberries and pouring cream. You can also have as many slices as you want but I suggest 2 slices would be good.
Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream Slice
1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) good-quality vanilla ice cream*
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) thickened cream
Extra strawberries and cream to serve (optional)
2. Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth. Meanwhile, transfer the ice cream from the freezer to the fridge to allow to soften.
|Ruby red strawberries|
5. Spoon blobs of softened vanilla ice cream over the base of the prepared loaf tin. Spoon the strawberry mixture between the ice cream blobs. Then use a sharp knife or skewer to swirl the two mixtures together while being careful to not dig into the plastic or foil. Cover the tin tightly with plastic wrap.
6. Freeze for 2 hours or until half frozen and smooth the top of the ice cream. Freeze overnight until set. Serve straight away as scoops or slices with extra strawberries and cream.
*Notes: You can use more strawberries if you want to give it a stronger flavour and colour or use any other berry like raspberries. You could also make your own homemade ice cream using your favourite recipe for the vanilla ice cream. The plastic wrap prevents the ice cream from having ice crystals in it which can ruin the texture of the ice cream. I'm sure everyone likes creamy but not icy ice cream.