Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake and Graham Cracker Ice Cream

This is a life changing ice cream!  This ice cream has real cheesecake chunks, fresh strawberries, and actual graham crackers pieces!

Ever since the first time we used the ice cream maker I got as a bridal shower gift we have been hooked on coming up with creative recipes. We had a friend coming over who does not eat chocolate (crazy! Who doesn't eat chocolate?); I usually make cheesecake when he comes over. However we wanted to use our ice cream maker. And just like that, we came up with a fresh strawberry ice cream with cheesecake and gram crackers. The recipe starts as a basic ice cream recipe, then we added the magic to it!

Warning: this is not for the dieter (even though I am dieting, I still could not resist it).

Strawberry Cheesecake and Graham Cracker Ice Cream Recipe
Makes  5 cups (serves 10 1/2 cup servings) 

I package of Edwards  frozen original cheesecake slice (comes with 2 slices), thawed
3 Graham cracker "sheets" crushed up as much as you like
1 1/2 cups of strawberries (we used one standard sized fresh package)
3/4 cup whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
pinch salt
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1.) Put the strawberries into a food processor and pulse/chop strawberries until a desired consistency.
2.) In a medium bowl, whisk milk, sugar, and and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla. Stir in the strawberries (with juices). Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
3.) Turn on ice cream maker. Pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened. At the 15 minute mark, pour in the Graham crackers and the cheesecake by the spoonful. (If it over flows, just scoop some out and save for later, or eat now!). Transfer to an airtight container (we used mason jars) and place in freezer for 2 hours.

Of course you can eat it right away, it just will not be as firm.


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