It’s summer? Are you sure? How would one know? There certainly seems to be a lack of sunshine as of late. Rain is the only constant presence in our current lives, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that wants to tell the rain to go away and come back again another day. Sure it’s pretty damn amazing that my lazy butt doesn’t have to go out every night and water the plants on the deck, but at some point I would like to walk across my backyard without sinking down into five inches of mud, and experiencing what it feels like to be in quick sand. I love my flip-flops, and the extreme non-pleasure of squishy mud encased feet is just wrong; wrong I say. I don’t care how great a mud mask is for you; it’s not up there on my list of things to do, especially where my feet are concerned. My icky yucky muddy feet and I will be walking ourselves elsewhere to sit in a corner and eat gelato, at least until the rain finally ends, and the sun deigns itself important enough to shine its rays of gloriousness upon us again.
- 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
- 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 2 Cups Freshly Sliced Strawberries, Divided
- 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk
- 1 1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
- 1 Cup Broken Shortbread Cookies
- Place the sugar, corn starch, salt, 1-cup of strawberries, milk, and cream into a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat. Whisk constantly for 10 minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken and bubble.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and then whisk in the vanilla.
- Fill a large bowl with ice, and then place a medium bowl on top of the ice. Pour the mixture into the medium bowl.
- Allow to set for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Churn for 25 to 30 minutes in an electric ice cream mixer.
- Add the reserved 1-cup of strawberries and shortbread during the last 5 minutes.
- Spoon into a large freezer container, and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
- Do not walk away from the stove; whisk constantly means whisk constantly. You do not want to scorch the milk and cream mixture.
- You can easily replace the vanilla bean paste with vanilla extract.
- Replace the strawberries with blueberries.
- Add finely chopped chocolate during the last 5 minutes of churning.
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