Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

Indulge in the perfect summer treat with this homemade strawberry shortcake ice cream recipe. Combining the sweet and tangy flavors of fresh strawberries with the creamy richness of vanilla ice cream and the crumbly goodness of shortcake, this dessert is a crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or simply looking for a refreshing dessert, this ice cream will satisfy your cravings.

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  • Creamy and Refreshing: Perfectly balances the richness of ice cream with the lightness of fresh strawberries.
  • Easy to Make: Simple steps and common ingredients make this recipe accessible for any home cook.
  • Versatile: Ideal for serving on its own, in a cone, or as a part of a larger dessert.
  • Kid-Friendly: A hit with both kids and adults alike, making it a great family treat.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • For the Ice Cream Base:
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the Strawberry Swirl:
    • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • For the Shortcake Crumble:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

1. Prepare the Ice Cream Base

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, and ¾ cup granulated sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

2. Make the Strawberry Swirl

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the chopped strawberries, ¼ cup granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries break down and the mixture thickens (about 10 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

3. Prepare the Shortcake Crumble

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Spread the crumble mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Let cool completely.

4. Assemble the Ice Cream

  1. Churn the chilled ice cream base in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Once the ice cream reaches a soft-serve consistency, transfer half of it to a large container. Spoon half of the strawberry swirl and half of the shortcake crumble over the ice cream. Repeat with the remaining ice cream, strawberry swirl, and shortcake crumble.
  3. Gently swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours or overnight.

Variations and Tips

  • Variation: Add a teaspoon of almond extract to the ice cream base for a nutty flavor.
  • Tip: Ensure the strawberries are fully ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor.
  • Variation: Substitute half of the strawberries with raspberries for a mixed berry shortcake ice cream.
  • Tip: For a quicker option, use store-bought shortcake or pound cake crumbs.

How to Store Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  • Store the ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. To prevent ice crystals, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

Recipe by Rose HernandezCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

320

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

Ingredients

  • For the Ice Cream Base:
  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • For the Strawberry Swirl:
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • For the Shortcake Crumble:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Prepare the Ice Cream Base
  • Make the Strawberry Swirl
  • Prepare the Shortcake Crumble
  • Assemble the Ice Cream

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