6.4.10 Berry Intense

Strawberry ice cream 790 xxx
photos by george billard
In yet another attempt to resolve his GI issues, G is going to start a new herbal protocol given to him by herbalist extraordinaire Bryan Thomson. It's going to require him to abstain from all dairy for 6 weeks. Out of solidarity, I will do the same. That means that we must quickly polish off this delectable strawberry ice cream that I made with the über-ripe berries we brought back from Stephanie's last weekend. Always looking for a new place to try my expensive and highly coveted fennel pollen, I added a teaspoon here and I think it really worked. You could omit it, or even try using a few toasted and ground fennel seeds. The ice cream's gorgeous pink color is from a puree that's stirred into the custard. Then, once the ice cream is almost done, you toss some chunks into the machine to get mixed in. That way you get some icy bites of strawberry to break up the smooth and creamy texture. Who needs rose-colored glasses?
Berries 790 xxx

This recipe was a runner-up on Food52;makes about 5 cups

1 3/4 cups heavy cream
Three 3" x 1" strips lemon zest
generous ½ teaspoon fennel pollen
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons agave nectar, separated
3 cups strawberries, trimmed and halved
1 cup strawberries, cut into chunks
juice of ½ lemon

Combine cream, zest, fennel pollen and salt in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and discard zest.Whisk eggs with 2/3 cup agave nectar in a bowl, then add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour back into saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and an instant-read thermometer registers 170°. Do not boil!

Immediately pour custard through a fine sieve into a metal bowl, then cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.While custard is chilling, purée strawberries with lemon juice and remaining 3 tablespoons agave nectar until smooth, then force through fine sieve to remove seeds (or not, this step is optional) into chilled custard. Stir purée into custard.Freeze in ice-cream maker. About ¾ of the way through (time varies depending on your machine), stir in strawberry chunks. Finish freezing, then transfer to an airtight container, press a piece of parchment over the surface, cover with a lid or foil and put in freezer to harden.


Please come and be our guest in Portland! All I ask in return is that you make some of your fabulous deserts for us.
Suzinn on June 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm —
Fennel and strawberries-brilliant! That just makes so much sense.
nakedbeet` on June 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm —
What a lovely invitation! ;-))
laura on June 5, 2010 at 3:15 am —
Sounds so delicious! If I ate this kind of ice cream I wouldn't feel so guilty. And I love the color of it. Love your blog!
Christine@TheFiveSenses.org on June 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm —
Thanks, Christine!
laura on June 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm —
This looks really good! Have to try it sometime.
Miranda on October 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm —