Yes, it's National Ice Cream Month. For all you fellow ice cream lovers out there, we actually have an entire month dedicated to this savory, o-so-delicious dessert. And if that wasn't enough to have you jumping out of your seats, this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. For those who didn't know, here's a short back-story to get you caught up on your history...
In 1984, Ronald Reagan designated the month of July as National Ice Cream Month and also appointed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. He realized that nearly 90% of the nation consumed ice cream and felt it necessary to recognize the growing popularity stating that these two events should be observed and celebrated with ceremony and activity.
So in the spirit of Reagan, go on and indulge (After-all...it is a national holiday). If you're super ambitious, why not try and create your own homemade ice cream? A great reason to have a cookout, invite your friends, family, and the kiddies over to compliment you on your amazing skills. To get you started, here's a super delicious old-fashioned strawberry ice cream recipe courtesy of Allen from eatingoutloud.com. Get the full scoop here. (Shown here served up in ceramic ice cream bowls inspired by old-fashioned sundae bowls.)
Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream
Prep-time: 1 hour
Cook Time: Approximately 40 minutes
What you'll need:
For the sweet cream base:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream (or whipping cream)
1 cup milk
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/3 cup sugar
juice from 1/2 lemon
zest from 1 lemon (optional)
Combine strawberries, lemon juice/zest, and 1/3 cup sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Once strawberries have refrigerated, prepare the sweet cream base. Whisk eggs in a bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the sugar and continue whisking for a minute longer. Add the cream and milk, stir until fully combined.
Combine the strawberry mixture into the sweet cream base. Pour into an ice-cream mixer and mix according to mixer instructions. After your mixture reaches a soft-serve consistency, place into freezer to finish firming up and enjoy! ~ Allie