Monday, July 15, 2013

Goodbye Strawberry Season -- Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

In New England, certain things are far too short. Like Spring. Blink and you miss it, and the weather goes from bitter cold to sweltering hot almost over night. Strawberry Season, much like Spring, seems to pop up quickly and end just as fast, and soon the only thing you're left with is bland grocery store strawberries without the character and depth of flavor the fresh-off-the-bush variety can give. If you've never had a strawberry fresh off the bush, warmed by the sun, you're seriously missing out. 


My goal for June was to pick a whole flat of strawberries and teach myself how to make and can jam. That didn't happen this summer, unfortunately. It is now July and my grand strawberry aspirations did not pan out, and the fields are bare of strawberries for another year. The farmers markets are even running low. No jam, sigh. However, my lovely and wonderful boyfriend picked up TWO PINTS ($5 each, yikes!) at a farm stand somewhere in the middle of the season, and I was able to make one strawberry recipe for you all in that time.

After devouring an entire pint raw, that is. Isn't he the best?

However, the great thing about New England is that once one special crop has passed, and equally tasty one takes its place. Perhaps I'll have better luck with blueberry or raspberry season! And of course, I never let a fall pass without picking apples. It just cannot be done.


Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 3 tbs honey, more to taste (vegan: use maple syrup)
  • *I also used 2 egg yolks, but in retrospect because the liquid is not heated, you should probably avoid this*


-Put one can of coconut milk, upside down, in the fridge overnight. When ready to make your ice cream, skin the coconut cream out of the liquid--it should have collected at the top of the can. In a large bowl, combine cream with the other can of coconut milk (shaken to fully distribute the cream and water) and set aside.

-Use a food processor to chop the strawberries into small chunks. If smoother consistency is desired, puree. Mix in honey and let sit for 15 minutes to allow strawberries to release their sweetness. Taste, add more honey if desired.

-Combine coconut milk and strawberry mixture (add egg yolks here if you're feeling daring) and let chill in the fridge overnight.

-Make according to ice cream maker's instructions. Note: it will be perfect consistency right out of the machine, but once stored in the freezer it will freeze solid. However, microwaving on half power in increments of 40 seconds until soft will get it at perfect consistency again.

*You can leave the eggs out, I just threw them in there because the mixture was not thickening up as I had hoped.

41 comments:

  1. The ice cream looks yummy & I love strawberries. Good that your bf was able to pick some strawberries for you.

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  2. 1) I love the name of your blog. LOVE IT!
    2) I heart sprinkles and ice cream. Your photography is gorgeous!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I am still very much a novice when it comes to food photography... but I'm working on it :)

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  3. I've been wanting to try a coconut milk ice cream. Looks delicious!

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  4. At least you got a tasty strawberry recipe in! This ice cream sounds seriously amazing....and I love that it's vegan!

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  5. This post has me looking forward to next strawberry season, already! Nice job, looks incredible!!

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  6. The coconut milk in the icecream is awesome and so is your boyfriend:)..
    Enjoy your seasons..and such a sweet blog you have here.

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  7. Strawberry season is so short it's cruel! I just don't have time to eat all the fruit I'd like. Big high five to your BF. He sounds like a keeper :-)

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  8. Love coconut milk ice cream! This strawberry version looks great! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is lovely. =]

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  9. Ashley, what a wonderful summertime treat. Fortunately, strawberries are still abundant around here and I would love to try out this recipe - I have never made ice cream with coconut milk but the combination of strawberries and coconut is absolutely fabulous and I am certain that this ice cream is oh, so delicious!

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  10. I agree with you the seasons are so short here in the North East but I think you made great use of the strawberries. The ice cream looks great and I love the addition of the coconut milk.
    PS: I can't wait for apples either :)

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  11. Strawberry ice cream is my absolute favorite kind during the hot months! This looks so delicious and I love the rainbow sprinkles!

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  12. This strawberry ice cream looks fantastic! The perfect refreshing treat to cool down on a hot summer day. I really like the sound of the coconut milk in here. Looks delicious, thank you for sharing :)

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  13. I'm glad that seasons come and go because it makes you really savor things that you wouldn't if they were around all the time. This ice cream looks delicious.

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    1. Yeah... I'd miss fall if I ever moved. But it would be nice to get away for a bit.

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  14. You are going to get me fat with all these yummy recipes!

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    1. It's due revenge for making me jealous with all your travels ;)

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  15. Apple picking is one of the things I miss most about not living in New England any more! This looks delish-I really need to try coconut milk in ice cream!

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  16. This is gorgeous lady. I mean out of this world good. I love the idea of coconut milk and strawberries. Great flavour profile.

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    1. Thank you! This means a lot coming from you, I love your ice cream recipes!

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  17. How cruel that Strawberry season is so short! It should be all year long. I'll sign the petition!

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    1. I know! We should have massive greenhouses JUST for berries :)

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  18. I've been wanting to try making ice cream with coconut milk for a long time - and with strawberries it sounds even better! I totally agree - it stinks that strawberry season is so short.

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    1. Definitely try it! But know that it WILL freeze pretty solid, so plan ahead and leave it on your counter for a bit before scooping.

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  19. Oh yummy! Strawberry and coconut makes me happy. I love that it's dairy free too! Pinned!

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    1. Thanks! I never think to encourage people to pin my stuff... probably would be helpful, hah.

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  20. these flavors sound amazing! must try! :)

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