Monday, February 14, 2011

Strawberry Mascarpone Icecream

                            "Destiny shapes our end...desserts shape our middles!!"

Strawberries are not really my cup of tea...but I must admit its very definitely my (BIG) bowl of  ice-cream! Talk about being caught unaware! I have never fancied eating strawberries, having eaten the fruit a couple of times and then dismissing it off as an over-rated, albeit very pretty fruit. This seasonal fruit is supposed to taste best when plucked ripe, but unfortunately also has a very short life. Which probably means, folks who live in areas where the fruit is grown get to savor the fruit at its best. I had once asked a fruit-vendor how long would the fruit stay fresh and he had told me that the fruit is like ice-cream - eat it immediately or it will no longer be the same thing.

I wanted to make something with strawberries before the season's gone - just because I have never earlier made anything out of it. Ice-Cream with strawberries seemed like a better idea and one with mascarpone seemed even better. I loved mascarpone when I made it for the Tiramisu Cake and got lured into making ice-cream with a fruit I am not really crazy about. I set about making the mascarpone and took pictures of the fruit enjoying the visual treat of the bright fruit against white...consolation enough in case even if I absolutely would not enjoy the ice-cream. I ate humble pie as I thoroughly enjoyed the  Strawberry Mascarpone Ice Cream - creamy, smooth, luxurious and very very delicious...

The ice-cream is quite easy and quick to make and has no egg in it too. Let me rephrase this -  its easy if you do not have to search half the city for fresh cream. It suddenly becomes very easy when a friend calls and gives her pack of fresh cream - all mine to use! Well, I was going to be making strawberry ice-cream before the end of the season after all! I could very well have made the ice-cream with just cream, but then my new found confidence in making mascarpone would not let me and so it had to be Strawberry Mascarpone Ice-cream.

A small tour of the super-markets and fruit vending carts and I was back home with strawberries in my hand. The precious fruit was safely hidden in the fridge behind boring containers - as a precautionary measure against my little imp of a daughter letting her curiosity getting the better of her.The pleasures of baking and blogging with a hyper-active 4 year-old - this deserves another lengthy and boring separate post in itself:-). So lets move on to how I made my first real ice-cream at home and a sensational one at that!

Recipe adapted from Deeba's Passionate About Baking,  original recipe from Indulge by Claire Clark.  As I had 600 ml of cream I have reduced the proportions of the rest of the ingredients. I was a little apprehensive about making my own deductions, but I need not have had any fear as the ice-cream set really well. 


Mascarpone - 400 grams (Made from 600 ml of 25% low fat cream)
Strawberries, fresh - 400 grams
Granulated Sugar - 200 grams
Vanilla Bean - 1 (optional)
Vodka - 1 teaspoon (optional)
Procedure:  Make the mascarpone the previous day and let it set in the fridge over night. The weight mentioned here is the weight after draining the cheese over night.

Wash and hull the strawberries. Puree in a food processor till smooth. Strain to remove the seeds. You could leave the seeds in the puree if you wish. I have strained the puree.

In a heavy and broad saucepan, mix half the sugar with the mascarpone.(If you would be using cream, mix half the sugar with the cream and bring to a boil) On low heat, bring the mixture to a simmering boil. The mascarpone was quite thick and firm and at this point it was thick semi-liquid state. All the while, make sure you do not allow the mixture to burn. Turn off the heat. Scrape a vanilla bean and add to the mixture.

Pour this mixture over the fruit puree and stir in the rest of the sugar. Leave the mixture to cool completely. Add the vodka if using. The vodka, Deeba says, helps prevent the ice cream from becoming very hard, but  does not change the taste of the ice-cream.

Set the mixture in an ice-cream maker according to the instructions. I have set the ice-cream in a freezer-safe container, churning in the mixer 3 times, each time after the mixture has semi-set. Soften the ice-cream slightly before serving.

The vanilla bean (and a whole one at that) was added after some deliberation. But it tasted amazing in the ice-cream. The ice-cream was just a wee bit tart and uber yumm. It had set very well and me in my attempt to get 'perfect scoops' for the pictures ended up messing it a bit, melting the ice-cream slightly.. well.. melting moments, I have to say!!

I had to make an effort to not keep eating some of the ice-cream every time I churned the mixture:-). Am happy to be a convert, from being a ho-hum strawberries person to oh-yum-strawberries person, at least for the ice-cream.  Needless to say, am going to greedily stash away some berries in my freezer and  look forward to the strawberry season too..

And if you haven't tried this ice-cream yet, you just have a little more time to grab some berries and INDULGE!! Thanks Deeba for this fantastic recipe!

The ice-cream goes to Ally's Delicious Desserts Event


Unknown said...

Awesome pictures Suma! :) And the ice cream looks yummmmm!!! This goes into my 'TO DO' list as well!! :)

Sum said...

Yummyyyy icecream!

Deeba PAB said...

That's just gorgeous Suma. Now I'm craving some too. CC's recipe is a real winner! Happy V Day my friend!

Priya Suresh said...

Yumm, icecream looks absolutely yummy..

Ally said...

awesome pics....lovely the entry!

sharada said...

love your blog a cream looks just out of the world...yum!

Priya dharshini said...

Luv the creamy texture of the icecream...i never tried with mascorpone cheese...Happy valentine's day

Divya Kudua said... made ice-cream at home?that too without an ice-cream maker,wow!!I've bookmarked Deeba's Mango Ice-cream recipe ever since she posted it,but yet to try.Love the use of Mascarpone.Have to confess one thing though,the only ice-cream I ever dislike[apart from Black currant or those tonic-like tasting ones] is Strawberry,I am a fan only of the fruit as a whole.But got to say,the ice-cream looks delicious!!

Unknown said...

Glad to know that you are having great results with ice-creams too.. Can you please list the alternate fruits that could be used instead of strawberries. And also can you let us know where you got your vanilla beans?

Suma Rowjee said...

@Indrani - You could try with mangoes / peaches? I got my vanilla beans from Madikeri,Coorg. You can get them at FabIndia Bangalore, the better ones are supposed to be the ones grown in Kerala. Do check that out.

M D said...

Gorgeous job with the ice cream Suma. I am tempted to dig into this right away!

KrithisKitchen said...

Lovely colorful icecream...

Unknown said...

wow, look at that nice color. Lovely.

Rookie Qookie said...

Oh! I dunno how I missed this post..these look tooo gud..wish had seen it earlier, then my extra box of strawberries wud not have been left to rot.. :(


Unknown said...

That looks Superb! I am salivating for some, Suma!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mascarpone in Ice-cream? You've gotta be kidding me! This sounds too good to be true, like a berry sweet dream :) You bet Im trying this as soon as the mercury shoots up and before strawberries do their disappearing act!

Nachiketa said...

Mascarpone in icecream is a fab idea.... so rich n creamy.... melt in the moth n divine....

Lovely pictures :)

Am surprised you've not discovered the love-of-strawberry yet... am head-over-heels-in-love with them... :)

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Sugarush said...

wow that sure does look yummy:) Can i ask where you purchase vanilla bean from?