foodie recipes: ice cream fun

With summer in full swing, we have the perfect excuse to whip up our own ice cream concoctions.   To the extent possible, we typically try to limit sugar content, and use only fresh fruits.

So what started as a "trial round" of a simple chocolate ice cream recipe has morphed into a growing list (and arsenal) of fresh fruit ice cream.

Simple Chocolate (A slight variation of the recipe that came with our ice cream maker)

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (we used Ghiradelli)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups reduced fat milk
3 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract  

Combine cocoa and sugars in a medium bow; stir.
Add the milk; whisk until cocoa and sugars are dissolved
Stir in cream and vanilla
Pour into ice cream machine and process according to machine instructions (usually 25 minutes for us) 

We also tried our hand at using fresh fruits and loved the finished product.

Fresh Strawberry

3 cups fresh ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced* 
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice  
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups reduced fat milk
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
11/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract  

In a small bowl, combine the strawberries, lemon juice and 1/2 cup of sugar.  Stir gently and allow the fruit to macerate in the juices for 2 hours.  Strain the fruit; reserve juices.  Puree` the fruit.  

In another bowl, combine the milk and remaining sugar until sugar is dissolved.
Stir in cream, strawberry juice, pureed strawberries and vanilla.
Pour into ice cream machine and process according to machine instructions (usually 25 minutes for us) 

(*you can also use 1 cup each or raspberries, strawberries and blueberries - for a triple berry version of this baby)

Fresh Mango

Same recipe as Fresh Strawberry above; substitute with 3 cups of sliced ripe mangoes.
No need to strain the mango - I just puree` it and add it to the milk, cream, and vanilla.

Perfect for summer!  Enjoy!

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