Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

by Kate on May 28, 2013

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It’s no secret, I LOVE ice cream!! I mean, I have a serious addiction. Now, thanks to this Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream my addiction has become increasingly worse. This is probably my favorite ice cream flavor to date. I truly love making homemade ice cream. Despite being a cold, frosty treat ice cream is one of those things that I eat year round. Summer time brings ice cream flavors like Lemon Curd Ice Cream with Lavender Whipped Cream. That was a late night brainstorm I had to immediately make and I was so glad I did. Summer is also a wonderful time for sorbets like boozy (or un-boozy) Cherry Almond Sorbet.

But even as autumn cools things down with crisp air and falling leaves, I still have ice cream on the brain but flavors like Pumpkin Ice Cream emerge. And if you’re really a hardcore ice cream fan then the snow and cold of winter doesn’t stop you from eating chilly frozen treats. In that case, Marshmallow Peppermint Bark Ice Cream has your name written all over it.

One of the things that I have a small (read: BIG!) addition to is balsamic vinegar. If that balsamic vinegar happens to be paired with strawberries then I am over to moon with happiness. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar can make excellent jam, a reduction to be paired with any number of desserts or even to fill a cake, like I did with that Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Strawberry Whipped Cream Filling.

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Balsamic vinegar when paired with fruit seems to just bring out the sweetness and elevate the tasting experience. So that got my wheels turning and I decided to try my hand at making ice cream with balsamic and strawberries. It’s pretty safe to say that I’ve officially created my very favorite ice cream flavor. The balsamic vinegar enhances the strawberry flavor ending with the best smooth and creamy fresh strawberry ice cream.

I’ve also made a slightly healthier ice cream too, thanks to Zulka. Now, I certainly can’t call this a “skinny” ice cream recipe given the high fat content BUT I had the opportunity to sample this Morena sugar and thought this ice cream would be the perfect place to give it a try. When I received an email to see if I’d like to give Zulka a try, I was thrilled to learn that it was Non-GMO and that it comes from sugar cane grown on smaller family owned farms. Morena sugar is a term used to describe granulated sugars that do not undergo conventional refining processes, which remove the complexity and depth of flavor present in raw sugar cane after it has been pressed. Zulka is made from freshly harvested sugar cane that is a better-tasting, unrefined, minimally processed and sustainably farmed.

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I loved using Zulka because it quickly dissolved and measured cup for cup, just like the refined granulated sugar I’m used to using. It also seemed to add a more complex flavor to my ice cream base, almost a caramel taste. Even tasting the Zulka alone I noticed that it tasted so much different from white sugar, in a very good way. I loved using it in this Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream and I think that it would seamlessly work in any recipe. I fully intend to continue using it in place of white sugar from here on out.

Enjoy!

~K

*Disclosure: I was provided with one (4 lb) bag of Zulka sweetener at no cost to me. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Love the stuff!

Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Prep Time: 20 minutes

5 hours

Yield: 1 Quart

Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Smooth, creamy fresh strawberry ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Zulka Pure Cane Sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, 1/4 Zulka and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer strawberries for 10 minutes until reduced and juices become syrupy. Cool to room temperature then puree in a blender until smooth. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and remaining 1/4 cup Zulka.
  3. In a large saucepan mix together heavy cream, milk and salt. Bring to a simmer. Immediately remove from heat. Using a ladle, slowly drizzle hot cream mixture into egg yolks while whisking quickly and constantly until half the cream mixture has been incorporated.
  4. Return saucepan to medium heat and slowly add the tempered egg mixture back into the remaining cream in pan while whisking constantly. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl over an ice bath. Stir until mixture has cooled and is barely warm to the touch. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Whisk strawberry puree and remaining 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar into custard base and churn according to manufacturers instructions. After churning, transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze at least 2 hours before serving.
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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne May 28, 2013 at 10:07 am

Love the ice cream and have to try Zulka, sounds like just what I have been looking for. Your ice cream looks perfect.

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Thank you Suzanne!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

I recently made a strawberry basil ice cream and thought that balsamic would be great paired with it as well on top. And now here you are with this awesome combo!

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Ooo! I had thought about adding basil but thought it might be too much. Sounds like it would have worked wonderfully! And love the idea of balsamic on top. Yum!

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Barb | Creative Culinary May 28, 2013 at 11:44 am

I love Zuka cane sugar. I admit, I was sent a sample and it was a good thing on their part because I’m addicted and now so is everyone I share a cup of coffee with; it’s become one of my primary sugars to use.

But the real thing I want to comment on? Pairing strawberries with balsamic vinegar. I first starting adding it to a glaze I use for a fresh strawberry pie and this weekend used the same glaze for strawberries for a different dessert; I love that everyone can tell there is some oomph but no one can discern exactly what it is. I’m sure if I told them vinegar from the get go they would hesitate even trying it. I know I would love this too!

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Kate May 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I’m SO hooked on zulka! Loved it. And I know exactly what you mean about keeping the balsamic a secret for a bit ;) I adore the pairing and use it often. One of my very favorites!

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ChristineM May 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

yum! will have to search out that sugar!

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! May 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm

What an interesting idea! I would never think to make ice cream with balsamic vinegar. Definitely want to try this!

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Liz May 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

The flavors sound delicious together! Perfect treat for a hot summer’s day!

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Emily {Jelly Toast} May 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Strawberries and balsamic?! Yes, please! I am notorious for slicing up a giant bowl of strawberries and sprinkling it with sugar and balsamic vinegar. This ice cream looks incredible! Now I just need to get an ice cream maker ;) it would be worth it to make this. Also, the peppermint bark ice cream – genius! I just realized I used about 20 exclamation points…I’m just excited about this ice cream!! Also, I need to try out this Zulka. Sounds wonderful!

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Ha! I completely appreciate your enthusiasm and I am also guilty of the overuse of exclamation points ;) They’re my favorite punctuation mark! I’m so happy you like this ice cream. It’s my new favorite flavor. I’ve made it twice recently. It just tastes so incredibly fresh!

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Karin @52scoops May 29, 2013 at 1:50 am

Yum, looks so creamy! In case you’re looking for a skinnier option, I recently made a strawberry balsamic frozen yogurt. Recipe at: http://52scoops.com/2013/05/20/strawberry-balsamic-frozen-yogurt-58-y/

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Thanks so much Karin! I love frozen yogurt and what’s not to like about a skinnier option? Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be sure to check it out.

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Audra | The Baker Chick May 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

Oh yum!! I have never paired strawberry and balsamic but this ice cream looks so creamy and delicious- I’ll have to try it!

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Oh you must must try strawberry and balsamic together!! I probably overdo it sometimes but it’s one of my very favorite flavor combos. I’ve don’t a lot with it here on the site if you’re looking for ideas. This ice cream is a great place to start!

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kelly @ kellybakes May 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

You are a woman after my own heart. My favorite ice cream flavors to make are pumpkin in the fall and lemon curd mascarpone in the winter (actually, let’s be real. That one’s good for any season!). I’ve never tried the strawberry/balsamic combo in ice cream, but it’s lovely in zabaglione. Therefore, I must try this!

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Ooo! I’ve never used mascaropne in ice cream before, now I need to give THAT a try! I’ll be looking over on your site for a recipe ;)

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tanya May 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

What a fabulous ice cream flavor Kate!

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Thanks so much Tanya! It was truly one of the best ice cream flavors I’ve made.

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Deanna Segrave-Daly May 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

Interesting to learn about Zulka sugar and I’m all over anything strawberry w. balsamic too – this sounds absolutely wonderful for any ice cream lover!

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I’m really loving Zulka! I feel good about baking with it and it tastes fantastic.

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Perfect flavor combination for ice cream! Must add it to the list to make this summer!

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Kate May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Thank you Jessica! We really enjoyed it.

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Terra May 30, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hmmmm……YUM…..ice cream!!!!! I think balsamic and strawberry is so amazing together, your ice cream must have tasted beyond fantastic!!! Hugs, Terra

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Jarome May 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

Very refreshing! Perfect combination. Must try! XOXO

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Heather @ French Press June 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE…this may be the most amazing ice cream I have ever seen!

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Kate June 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Thank you Heather!! It’s definitely my favorite ice cream that I’ve made to date. So fresh and just bursting with strawberry flavor.

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Martha @ A Family Feast June 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Kate – I love the combination of strawberries and balsamic together – I am soooo intrigued about trying it in ice cream! What a great idea! (And I share your love of ice cream…) Looks great!

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Kate June 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks so much for your warm comments Martha! I hope you enjoy this. It’s truly my favorite homemade ice cream to date.

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