Hi there food fans and welcome back to Matt’s Menu. I know it has been quite a while since the last post on the site but things have been pretty manic in Matt Land, so I think we had better call that the winter break and get back to the serious business of recipes, challenges, best ingredients to use and a whole lot of fun things in the upcoming weeks and months. I just hope that you, my lovely readers, will buckle up and join me on what is sure to be a fun ride.
With this being my first post back it gave me an interesting question to ponder. What would be the best way to welcome you all (he says hopefully) back to the fold? Do I try to push the boundaries of food endurance with an insane challenge, do I try a new segment about what ingredients I would find it impossible to do without, or do I stick with a good, old fashioned recipe?
After much deliberation, I finally decided to go with a recipe that is a bit of a classic and is almost guaranteed to put smiles on faces. I am going to share with you today, the secret of Matt’s Cheating Strawberry Ice Cream. Now, I know that when most people see the idea of home made ice cream they immediately think that it requires special machines to make it and it takes hours to prepare, well not this one. This is a relatively quick and easy recipe that is full of flavour and is almost certain to be a hit in most, if not all, situations.
As always on Matt’s Menu, the amounts stated in the ingredients list below are simply a guideline and can be amended as you see fit. This should be enough to make you about 4 servings and it shouldn’t break the bank too much either.
What you will need:
- 500ml Double/Heavy Cream
- 150g Fresh Strawberries
- 2-3tbsp Honey – Add this to taste but this should be a good starting block
- 50ml White Wine – Be careful when adding the wine as too much can curdle the cream.
How to make:
- In a large mixing bowl, pour in the cream and start to beat well. Continue until the cream has started to firm up and peaks are forming.
- In a separate bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork until thoroughly crushed. This is quite a fun bit and a great way to get rid of some pent up tension.
- Add the strawberries to the cream and mix together until well combined. The mixture should have a lovely pinkish hue and some strawberry pieces visible.
- Drizzle the honey into the bowl and stir/fold in to sweeten the entire mixture. This is a great excuse to have a little dip in, purely to check for the right amount of sweetness of course.
- Pour the wine in a little at a time and make sure to stir it through. It is important not to pour it in all at once as this may curdle the cream and that is not the result we are looking for. The best way is to pour a little and stir it through, check that the taste is right and repeat as needed.
- Pour the mixture into a freezable container and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until completely set.
- When ready to serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer about 15 to 20 minutes before dishing up to make scooping a bit easier.
So there you have it folks, a quick and easy ice cream that you can make in as little as half an hour and is always a winner. I hope you have as much fun making and eating it as I do and should you have any questions then please feel free to leave me a comment and I shall help in any way that I can.