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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a fondness for good ice cream that was acquired late in life. It was not something I had regularly as a child. It had nothing to do with money. The freezer compartments of old refrigerators were small cubical affairs designed to make ice cubes and hold very little else. Options for ice cream lovers were limited. A very few had ice cream freezers and could make their own. Most families, however, would send their fastest runner to the deli to pick up a pint that was brought home to be sliced and shared by all. Half gallons of ice cream weren't generally available until the 1950's when larger refrigerators made their storage possible. Among the group who relied on runners, Neapolitan was, by far, the most popular flavor because of its three cream appeal. Some of us were even more fortunate and could count on the Good Humor man to supplement the deli runs. He came through our neighborhood three times a week and, urchins that we were, a neighborhood watch was formed to spot him and spread the word he was on his way. Only Santa Claus was treated with more reverence and affection than the Good Humor man. Allowances rarely covered the cost of ice cream, but Popsicles were only a dime and you could tell who had what flavor by the color of the mustache around their lips. I know that in later years he became persona non grata, but for those of us who stood ready at the curb with pennies in our hands, his chimes were a symphony. As the ice cream man fades into history so, too, does Gourmet magazine. This lovely recipe is a reminder of why so many of us regret its passing. Here's how Gourmet's strawberry cheesecake ice cream is made.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Gourmet magazine

Ingredients:

1 pint (12-oz.) strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
1 package (8-oz.) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:
1) Combine strawberries, cream cheese, sugar, milk, lemon juice and salt in a blender jar. Puree just until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in cream. Chill until very cold.
2) Freeze mixture in ice cream maker. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze to harden. Yield: 1 quart.

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Bailey's Ice Cream with Chocolate Shavings - The Pioneer Woman
Raspberry Semifreddo - Chocolate Shavings
Coconut Ice Cream - Baking Bites

This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

71 comments:

The Words Crafter said...

This was always one of my favorite flavors! I've given up ice cream, but everyone I know will appreciate this easy recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Happy Weekend!

Maison Mutt said...

What a trip down memory lane. I flew out of the house at the first chime of the ice cream man. I will admit my fav wasn't ice cream, it was the red, white and blue rocket popsicle. 3 flavors for one price. Yum! I'm your newest follower, thanks for the fun Pink Saturday blog.
Licks & Wags ~ Niki

Angie's Recipes said...

Besides caramel, this is the top favourite of my husband. It looks so smooth and creamy!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Mary Sweetie...
What a beautiful Pink Saturday share today. Oh my what memories you have found that I had forgotten. Neopolitan is stil one of my favorite.

We had a family that we were best friends with growing up. We spent many weekends at each others homes. Us kids loved it when we made ice cream, we would take turns sitting on the top while one of us others would take turns cranking the handle. Oh what fun that was. The ice cream was the best with chocolate syrup on top. Oh yummy.

I love this recipe that you have shared today. I do not have an ice cream maker, but you know what? I think it is time we invested in one. We have 8 grandchildren who I know would love home made ice cream. I want to start some traditions of my own.

Oh thank you for sharing with me today. I am trying to get back up and moving again. This asthma and my lungs have kept me down for 2 1/2 months, and the doctor today said they will not release me now until July 19th. I have to spend the next 10 days with no voice. I cannot talk. I am very hoarse, and when they went down in my throat with the camera and looked around they said my vocal cords are extremely strained from all of the coughing. Looks like I am still not going to be free. I must learn to be patient.

Hope you are doing well. I have thought so much about my blogging friends of late. I am truly trying to get back up again. I thank you for your prayers while I have been ill. I could not have made it without them.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Bella said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing another great recipe. And Happy Pink Saturday!

Mickey said...

What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it with us. That ice cream looks delicious.
mickey

Regina said...

Wondrful story Mary. I love this flavor. YUmmy.
Happy Pink Saturday!

" Regina "

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

What a delightful post..I love the way you described knowing people's popsicle flavor by the colour of their stained moustache :)

As far as the recipe goes...well cheescake plus icecream - that's a dream!

Federica said...

wow wow wow meraviglioso!!!adoro il gelato!!
bravissima Mary come sempre!!

ps:scusa passo poco ma in questo periodo porto mia figlia al mare!!

un abbraccio!!

ciaooooooooooooooo!

penny aka jeroxie said...

strawberries and cream cheese in ice cream sounds delightful

Debinhawaii said...

Yum! This ice cream looks so creamy and delicious and pink! ;-)

Happy Weekend!

Mariana said...

Mary beautiful memories, I keep beautiful memories too. This ice cream was delicious thanks for the recipe, it looks so....hummmm already noted in my book.
Have a good weekend!!Kiss.

zurin said...

Im definitely trying this. I t has no eggs .That i like. Your story is charming. I remember those refrigerators with a cubicle for a freezer too. But i think our could dhold a little more than an ice tray..what a lovely memory you have. :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sounds delicious, I will make some for Nigel. Diane

A Year on the Grill said...

Fantastic post... Great story and the recipe and photos are inspirational...

We had the high school kid that rode a three wheel bike through the neighborhoods. Dry ice was used to keep the ice cream cold. i remember when he opened the lid and the "steam" from the ice came out. Heaven on a summer day.

Now that kid was a god to us.

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, that has to be the best flavor ever!

Sage said...

I am an ice cream lover too.Especillay strawberry; your photo is Perfect. You are so right; in those days ice cream was a rare treat. Never had an ice cream man in our corner of the world when I was growing up.
Rita

CailinMarie said...

As always I just adore your posts! I can ust see "the runner" flying home with precious cargo -
For some reason growing up I never seemed to live in a neighborhood frequented by the ice cream truck. But it came to my grandparents. My grandfather always had a dime ready ;) What fun summer memories.
I had no idea gourmet magazine was on its way out. What a shame!
Happy Pink Saturday!
CailinMarie

Joanne said...

I can't imagine growing up without ice cream always in the fridge...my ultimate temptation. The strawberry cheesecake flavor sounds delicious!gan

Julie said...

Mary - What beautiful ice cream!! Ice cream was a staple from my childhood and neopolitan was always in the frig!

Foodessa said...

Mary...you brought back memories for me concerning Neapolitan variety ice cream. Yes, we also had that plus the pesky dried pieces of fruit inside (Italian style)...I honestly didn't fancy it. However, my Hubby one day brought out 2 spoons and a bucket of Neapolitan and that was a huge part of our 3rd date...LOL.

Thanks for sharing this recipe...and yes I too am sad to have seen Gourmet Magazine say goodbye.

Have a great weekend,
Claudia

Jeanette said...

Oh STOP! This is looks and sounds too good. Oh my goodness, too good.

A Hopeful Heart said...

When I was growing up (late 60's/early 70's), we called the ice cream man "The Goody Bar Man." We loved when he would appear on our street. If we missed him by the time we came out of the house with our money, we might run up to the street behind us so we could catch him on the way around the block.

thank you for sharing the ice cream recipe. While I don't eat MUCH ice cream, the rest of my family does. And they love homemade!

Happy pink Saturday to you,
Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

Vegetarian Yogini said...

Love your originality for coloring Saturday! And pink is so becoming...yes, sometimes we develop tastes for stuff that did not impress us much during our childhood years- of course you made such nice alterations! ...and thanks so much for loyally coming and posting at my blog- I really appreciate it since there aren't a lot of folks doing it (which is fine with me)-, but does feel nice nevertheless, when someone as busy as you still has time to drop a few words of encouragement!

pigpigscorner said...

You know what this is lacking? Some biscuit bits! yum yum!

M @ Betty Crapper said...

Mary, thank you for all the wonderful glimpses into your childhood. The color of the ice cream is wonderful. What a cool treat to have on a hot afternoon.

Hannah said...

Oh goodness, the best kind of ice cream ever!! Yours is probably the best in the world!=)

Priya said...

Omg, wat a beautiful icecream, looks super smooth and beautiful..

Bits of Taste said...

Looks so yummy! I am sure it tastes heaven!

Ana Powell said...

Happy Pink Saturday.
Pink is the colour of universal love.
A very delicious strawberry cheesecake ice cream ♥

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Pretty and yummy...what could be better?

Jenn said...

I just made strawberry cheesecake ice cream too...though mine did not look as lovely as yours. Talk about a wonderfully sinful dessert!
My parents use to buy neapolitan ice cream all the time...if they let me dish out my own, I always went just straight for the chocolate! Thanks for the memories this morning!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I enjoyed reading this post - what great memories. We still have an ice cream truck in my neighborhood but it is not the same as it used to be with the Good Humor trucks of the past. Annoying music and cheap ice cream :(

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! rich, creamy and delicious ice cream, that's really something sweet to share.

Carla and Michael said...

A splendid story (and ice cream) for those of us who still remember the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck. Part of what makes them "the good old days" ;D

Susi said...

Your ice cream looks wonderful pink and smooth, just how I like it :o) Wonderful post, thanks for sharing, it made me smile!

PeggyR said...

Oh gosh I wish we lived closer! That looks so good!

Julie M. said...

Mary, this looks heavenly! I just whipped up a batch of blueberry cheesecake ice cream yesterday, so this fits my tastes perfect!

I have such fond memories of the ice cream man from my childhood. He still comes through our neighborhood on Sundays and my boys love chasing him down for a little ice cream treat memory of their own.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Magdalena said...

I have never made any home made ice cream, although I do like them, provided that they are based on natural ingredients...when I was a kid, the choice was very limited. We did not have all those variations of tastes like nowadays. Strawberries, raspberries, chocolate, vanilla..and that's it. We did not store ice cream, firstly because one could not find ice cream in boxes; and the secondly - we always stored some meat (when I was a kid, meat was a luxury product because of the ever lasting food crisis). Best regards...

Lori said...

Mary- this is exactlyt he kind of recipe I have been looking for.

Katerina said...

Don't you wish sometimes to be able to return to those years, if not as a child, at least as an observer to just get this sweet feeling of these happy, carefree times when the only problem you were facing was whether this ice-cream person will pass or not? This beautiful ice-cream brings back a lot of memories.

Vintage Porcelain Art By Amy Enright said...

Looks delicious! Cant wait to try it!
Amy

Aunt Snow said...

Delicious, Mary!! and so pretty and pink!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ingrid said...

Strawberry cheescake ice cream = Heaven!

Amisha said...

Oooh, this looks so, so delectable!

We Are Not Martha said...

Beautiful!! And I bet this is so much better than just simple strawberry ice cream :)

Sues

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I can't get over how bright and beautiful the color is! Thank you for the wonderful story.

Michael Toa said...

Mary, I absolutely love the bright colour. and strawberry cheesecake? yum! Have a great weekend. Michael.

Gloria said...

I love make Ice Cream at Home, always is nice and your look delicious and nice!! have a lovely day, gloria

Pacheco Patty said...

This beautifully pink colored ice cream caught my eye right away, not only is it my favorite color and pretty, it's also a great recipe, thanks for this one Mary!

Jessica said...

Beautiful post. I never lived in an area where the ice cream man came around, but my children have enjoyed the sound many times. This recipe looks so easy that maybe I can even do it!

jessyburke88@gmail.com

Kerstin said...

Mmm, I wish I had a bowl of this right now - it's the perfect summer treat!

Kim said...

I loved reading your accounts ice cream over the years. I still love hearing the sound of the ice cream man!
Strawberry cheesecake is one of my favorite flavors and this one looks delightful. I hope you had a wonderful 4th!

Le said...

This is perfection Mary! I love the colour! Bet it tastes lovely too

Diana's Cocina said...

This looks and sounds delicious. Perfect for a summer evening.

Monet said...

I'm traveling, and I'm so tired, but seeing this bowl of ice cream perked me up. I only wish I could have it in front of me right now! Yum!

Atelier de Charo said...

Simplemente, delicioso.

Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs
Charo

MaryMoh said...

Wow...your ice cream looks really delicious....perfect. Would be great for the summer. I would love to try, Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe and picture. Have a lovely day. Mary

Tiffiny Felix said...

*sigh* I must get myself an ice cream maker! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a lovely colour,worth trying one...thanks for sharing mary

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Yes...little urchins that we were...remember it well! LOL!

Saw the photo...my reaction:
Yum, yUm, YUM, yuM, YUM!

Gorgeous pink!

Carmen

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

That sounds absolutely delicious. Making icecream is on my list to do soon, as I haven't made it before and there are so many flavours to play around with. This one will have to go on the list. I recently had Burnt Fig Jam, Honeycomb and Caramel icecream- oh my goodness!

Faith said...

I'm still sad about Gourmet magazine. This ice cream is a wonderful tribute. It's pretty pink color is gorgeous!

Marly said...

This looks like it would be easy to veganize. And I love vegan ice cream. And what could be better than vegan strawberry cheesecake ice cream? I cant wait to try it!

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

What a charming story.. it gave me a glimpse of the 1950's... oh how simple life back then.
I want three scoops of these please?

My Little Space said...

Oh my, I'm salivating! This is the perfect pink for me. haha.... I can wallop a few of these. Have a nice day.
Kristy

Salsa Verde said...

A perfect pink ice cream, for a perfect pink day!!
Love,
Lia.

Kim (Liv Life) said...

With a flat of local, fresh, organic strawberries on my counter this looks like a must for today. Love the color!

Judy said...

What a lovely ice cream and pink is my favorite color! Thank you for sharing a simple recipe that I am looking forward to trying soon. Cheers!

PranisKitchen said...

really delicious icecream.. bet really delicious than the the store bought one.. so yummy and lovely color

Admin said...

Great idea. I thinks Ben and Jerry's has a cheesecake ice cream flavor I like, but yours seems to trump it. This is a must for my newly acquired ice cream maker.
Thanks!

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