Block #10: Whatchamacallit Quilt

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. We had a small gathering of family and friends to enjoy BBQ and fireworks.

As promised, I'm going to share one of our favorite ice cream recipes that we have made so far. This is a combination of the basic vanilla that came with our machine and Betty Rae's, which is a delicious local shop we have missed dearly.

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

1lb fresh strawberries, rinsed

1/3c granulated sugar

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1. rinse strawberries. cut off tops and slice berries into halves.

2. place half of the strawberries in a small pot with sugar. reserve other half and place in food processor.

3. cook down strawberries and sugar over med-high heat until boiling. we actually want the berries to char a little bit on the bottom of the pot to maximize flavor in the ice cream. keep a close eye on these berries though - they like to boil over if left unattended.

4. once boiling and the berries have softened significantly, pour over fresh berries in food processor. cover the lid with a towel to avoid hot liquid coming out and pulse to desired consistency. if you like some berry chunks in your scoop, pulse until well combined but with some texture. if you prefer a smooth scoop, pulse until the berries are finely pureed. 

5. combine with your favorite ice cream base and freeze! chilling the base overnight before freezing helps the final product, do this if possible.

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream Base

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 teapoons pure vanilla extract

1. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low to combine the milk and granulated sugar until sugar is dissolved.

2. Stir in the heavy cream, stawberry mixture, and vanilla.

3. Put entire mixture into ice cream machine, let mix until thickened, about 20-25 minutes.

Strawberries kind of go along with the block design today. This is a 15" Union Square Block. It uses techniques we've already done before, so you should be ready for another block by Wednesday. Click here for the block pattern.

We only have two more 15" inch blocks to sew before moving on to the smaller blocks. Sounds like a good plan for this week!