Friday, July 13, 2012

Strawberry Ricotta Ice-cream Sandwich



I just bought my very first ice-cream maker, a very affordable Cuisinart in pink. Love it! It's actually a very simple contraption consisting of a freezer bowl which rotates on a spinning base, and there's a paddle that's inserted in the bowl which then churns the ice-cream as the bowl rotates. I've made ice-cream in the past, but using the manual method of freezing the mixture and stirring with a spoon every half hour so as to avoid ice crystals from forming. The kids and I had fun watching the mixture churn and slowly turning into ice-cream. Instant gratification.


My decision to make this delicious Strawberry Ricotta ice-cream was really because I had this tub of ricotta in the fridge that I was planning to use for ricotta cheesecake. I scrapped the cheesecake idea because firstly, I find it difficult baking any sort of cake with the kids running all over the house, in and out of the kitchen. Secondly, how many days and how many people would it take to finish a whole ricotta cheesecake, especially since it doesn't keep too long in the fridge. And so, here is the recipe for this light and creamy ricotta ice-cream with fresh strawberries. I was actually planning to add in some chocolate chips as well, but the freezer bowl only takes up to 1.5 litres and I think I might have exceeded the limit.



This ice-cream is fabulous sandwiched between these wafers that you see here. I got these ice-cream wafers from IGA supermarket, and they are fantastic. I personally prefer eating the ice-cream with the wafers rather than just the ice-cream itself, for a bit of textural contrast. Because it uses ricotta, the ice-cream will have the grainy texture that ricotta has, and so don't be expecting smooth and creamy ice-cream. But the ricotta and strawberries are delicious and makes an absolute treat with the wafers!

Strawberry Ricotta Ice-cream

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup thickened cream
1 cup sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
500g (1 pound) ricotta cheese
1 punnet (250g / 1/2 pound) fresh strawberries, roughly chopped in a blender/food processor.

Method

Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer. It should be warm enough to dissolve the sugar. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved, then add the vanilla. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until cold. Stir in the ricotta and mix well. Stir through the strawberries. Churn the mixture with an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Freeze until just firm. If the ice-cream is too hard, leave it out on the counter for a while to soften slightly before serving. Enjoy sandwiched between ice-cream wafers!




18 comments:

Yummy Bakes said...

Your ice cream is so tempting with the waffles. I don't mind having extra scoop....

Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef said...

That looks absolutely divine!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

You tempt me to get one ice cream maker soon. A very tempting and refreshing homemade ice cream,,

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Sorry , may I know which model of ice cream maker you bought ?

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Hi Sonia! The model is ICE-21PKA

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Fern, Thanks for the info, could you also advise me where can i get this in Singapore?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

sorry, just realized that you are staying in AU. Please ignore my question..

Honey Bee Sweets said...

You have a wonderful blog Fern. ;) Love the Strawberry ricotta ice cream. I was contemplating over strawberry mascarpone ice cream the other day and guess I just found another great recipe. :))

Josephine said...

Looks so delicious and lovely !
Hehe, now I'm craving something sweet ! ^3^

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This sounds fabulous! Lovely recipe!

mycookinghut said...

Yummy! This is really tempting!

LoLy said...

WOW, it looks really nice, I would love to have a bite of it :D lol
xx
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A Little Yumminess said...

i love wafers too! and ice cream of course!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I'm so jealous of your PINK ice cream maker! That's so cute! And I love this ice cream. You take great pictures but I know how delicious this is. Hmmm can't wait to see your ice cream creations and photos. Meanwhile enjoy making ice cream!

Yumgoggle said...

Oh! Your new pink gadget is so cute! I have the orange one that stands out really pretty in my cream kitchen. It was an advanced birthday gift from a longtime friend. I am so excited to try this ice cream sandwich recipe =)
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Juliana said...

Fern, what a nice gadget...like the pick color and your ricotta strawberry ice cream looks so creamy and refreshing. Beautiful color!
Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a fabulous week :)

Sook said...

Oh so pretty! I love strawberries so I know I'm going to love this.

lena said...

i wanted to try making ice cream soon but my "soon" is always not so "soon" cos my freezer is always full! the last trip i went to aust i almost wanted to get a cuisineart ice cream maker back, that was actually on sale..i think during that time it was around AUD100 if i remember correctly , then my friend was telling it may be a littl troublesome for after sale service or warranty, that's why i didnt get back but i got one now, Kenwood.