Ice cream from whipped cream, seven minutes, no ice cream maker required. That's my kind of trick. I have a history of failed ice cream attempts. I think I tried to make basic vanilla ten times last year, each batch worse than the last. I never knew you could screw up ice cream so badly given the ingredients. Thank goodness I found this version! If any of you have a great basic -or not- ice cream recipe, do share in the comments!
I have a love for fresh fruit ice cream. I made strawberry because the berries were ripe, on sale and looked great, but I am dying to try this with peaches. Peaches and cream? Come on!
I have to say how pleasantly pleased I am at how this ice cream turned out. Since you start with whipped cream as your base, you already have nice volume and air throughout, which is why you don't need to run it through an ice cream maker before freezing. Then, when you scoop it out once frozen, you get the same feathery effect you would get with real ice cream. It's pretty genius, I must say.
The sweetened condensed milk gives it the perfect amount of sweetness and the fresh fruit cuts the richness of the cream. I wouldn't necessarily recommend leaving the fruit out, like in case you wanted straight up vanilla ice cream. You could, in theory, add a vanilla bean and leave the fruit out and you would get vanilla ice cream. But, I think this base might be a tad too rich for that. Don't get me wrong, it would taste delicious, I just don't know how much you could eat in a sitting. To me, adding the fruit is key. Just make sure you cut it small enough for scooping. Fruit freezes, you know.
Three Ingredient Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
adapted from Fat Girl Trapped In A Skinny Body
makes about 5 cups
1 pint heavy whipping cream (2 cups)
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped small (or another fruit of your choice) I used a bit more
Whip cream just until soft peaks stage (about 2 minutes). Add in the sweetened condensed milk, and continue to whip for another minute. Fold the chopped strawberries into the whipped cream, pour into containers with lids and freeze.
I had wanted to try this with coconut milk whipped cream in attempt to make this a little better for the body, but the brand of coconut milk I bought didn't separate in the refrigerator so I couldn't make whipped cream from it. If any of you try it, let me know how it turns out!