Homemade Berry Ice Cream

I’m a purist when it comes to ice cream. As few ingredients as possible are what make the best frozen treat. That’s why I’m such a fan of this Homemade Berry Ice Cream. Six simple ingredients, incredible taste!

During the summer months I pull out my ice cream maker (I use this Cuisinart model) and load up our freezer with homemade vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter cup and this berry ice cream. I love watching guests taste ice cream as it should be.

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Berry Ice Cream

3/4 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and halved
2/3 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk

In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries, raspberries, 1/4 cup sugar and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring, and cook until jam like, about 10 minutes. Let cool, cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream, milk, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and another pinch of salt until the sugar is dissolved; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Using an ice cream machine, process the cream mixture according to your machine’s instructions. Fold in the chilled berry mixture to make a swirl pattern and then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Warning: Do not attempt to eat all this on your own. Dangerous curves ahead if you get what I’m saying.

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Strawberry Romaine Salad

This recipe for Strawberry Romaine Salad was ripped from a magazine (sorry, no name on the page) many moons ago and thrown in the “someday” pile. Feeling guilty that I’d neglected to try it for at least 5 years (yes, that’s how many “somedays” I have) I pulled it out and gave it a whirl. All I can say is, damn, I need to get through that pile quicker. This Strawberry Romaine Salad is incredible — the perfect mix of sweet and tang and I’d say an ideal summer salad.

I know though, you want to know what’s in it for you right? I hear you. Well how about strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C and help keep wrinkles away, and red onions help reduce the risk of stomach cancer! Shut the front door! I did not know that. Also knocking my socks off — a head of romaine lettuce contains more Vitamin C than an orange. Anybody else feel like their world has shifted? This is suddenly like a super salad, except of course when we throw the mayo and sugar on but let’s call that balance and move on.

strawberry romaine salad

Strawberry Romaine Salad

2 heads romaine lettuce

1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 medium-size red onion, sliced thinly

2 tbsps sesame seeds

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 milk

2 tbsps vinegar

Toast sesame seeds in a dry frying pan on stovetop over medium-high heat, constantly shaking pan so they don’t burn. Set aside. Tear romaine lettuce into bite size pieces. Toss strawberries, onion and sesame seeds with lettuce in a large salad bowl. Whisk mayonnaise, sugar, milk and vinegar in a small bowl. Add to salad and toss just before serving.

Pleasantville Note: This salad makes 12 servings, so it’s definitely for a crowd. For weekday meals I cut everything in half. Place half the dressing in the refrigerator and have salad again the next day. I’ve shared the recipe exactly as written but you should know that I cut the sugar back slightly and it was fine. Also, if planning to make for a dinner party, make the dressing the day before.

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Very Berry Sangria

This is the second sangria recipe that I decided is worthy of you. Remember the first one? The Loosey Goosey Boozy Boozy Sangria? Original name, right? Well this one is equally as inventive. It’s the Very Berry Sangria.

Please, for the love of good sangria, do not confuse it with that Boone’s crap you can buy at the liquor store. *shiver* THAT is not sangria. If you’re ever in a bind and must buy sangria bottled make sure it’s Real Sangria. But if you visit here regularly, you know that homemade is the best, right?

I’m posting this recipe for Susie, because how much fun is it to have your best friend’s neighbour visit your site! Makes me smile. Susie, I will be awaiting your review.

Very Berry Sangria

750 ml bottle Merlot
1 cup lemon vodka
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups white cranberry juice
1/2 pint fresh raspberries
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 golden delicious apple, cut into chunks
1 orange, cut into wedges

Mix Merlot and vodka together and stir in sugar until dissolved. Add the next 5 ingredients and refrigerate minimum four hours but overnight is best.

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Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

Last night I threw together a very simple dessert for my girls and their friends and then I had to slap their little hands away from eating mine. Sheesh. You’ll love this and it’s only three simple ingredients.

Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar

1 quart strawberries, washed and sliced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp granulated sugar

Toss strawberries with balsamic vinegar and sugar. Let sit at room temperature for at least an hour. How to serve this? Over vanilla ice cream, or with yogurt. It’s delicious with pancakes and french toast and is FABOOSH with whipped cream and shortcakes. But you know what? It’s delicious served in a bowl all on its own. It’s a strawberry symphony in your mouth. Yummy.

Pleasantville Note:There are recipes that call for up to 1/2 cup of sugar tossed with the strawberries. In my opinion, you don’t need that much. There’s already enough naturally occurring sugar in the strawberries. Feel free to adjust the sugar or balsamic vinegar quantity to your liking though.

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Eton Mess

If you’ve never had Eton Mess for dessert, you’re missing out. It’s a delicious combination of fresh berries, meringue and whipped cream. It’s easy to make and impressive to serve. Even if you’re not a kitchen person, this is practically no fail. The best part is most of it can be prepared ahead of time!

Eton Mess

4 6 ounce packages of strawberries (hulled and quartered) or raspberries or combination of both
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp raspberry liqueur (Chambord is good, but this is good without as well)
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 batch of homemade meringue cookies (piped into 3″ rounds before baking – can be made and stored in an airtight container up to a week ahead)

Pour half the berries, 1 cup of sugar and the lemon juice into a large sauté pan. Crush the berries lightly with a fork and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is syrupy. Remove from heat, immediately add remaining berries and liqueur and refrigerate until cold. (can be made up to one day ahead of time)

With stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the cream, the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the vanilla together on until it forms firm peaks.

Use a champagne flute or other decorative glass, and layer a spoonful of the whipped cream, a spoonful of the berries, and then a few broken meringue pieces. Repeat, once or twice to fill dish. Serve immediately. Makes 6.

Grandpa's especially love Eton Mess.

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Berry Berry Quesadilla

So, there’s no pictures for this one because it was made on the fly this morning rushing to get the kids out the door, but it was so flippin’ good. Really.

Brush one side of two quesadillas with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar combination. Place butter side down on Hamilton Beach Quesadilla maker. Spread blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries on top. Top with other quesadilla, butter side up. Close lid and cook until light turns green. Seriously? Could this get any easier? Like my husband said last night, “I don’t think we’ve ever spent as much time talking about an appliance”. And he meant that in a good way.

What breakfast combinations can you think of? Leave a comment on the blog. You may leave one entry per day, per blog post. Open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. No entries after midnight on Friday, September 16th. I will figure the rest out using I’ll announce the winner Monday, September 19th. Good luck!

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