Food: Strawberry + Fennel Ice Cream

Monday, July 8, 2013

I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. We heeded everyones advice and stayed home on the 4th. It was lovely - especially the not driving home late at night part. We had a BBQ and did lots of little fireworks that were M + L approved. One of the things I made for our holiday feast was strawberry & fennel seed ice cream. Last week we stopped by a yard sale and they had a brand new in box (though I think it's probably from the 80's) ice cream maker for $1! My wee ones had been begging me all week to try it out and I had been putting it off because I was sure it wouldn't work. I have never made ice cream in a hand-crank ice cream machine before but it worked! It really, really worked. In the pictures my ice cream is a little melty but that's from the heat not the lack of skills of my new ice cream maker. It was so very easy as well, and the strawberry and fennel combo was delicious.

If you happen to have an ice cream maker or you want to try this flavor through another ice creaming method - here are the proportions for one quart:

1 lb of organic strawberries
1 tbsp of fennel seeds (ground)
1/2 c. of cane sugar
a bit of lemon zest
a squeeze of lemon juice from one lemon
a pinch of salt
* and for the ice cream maker the only other thing it needed was 2 cups of heavy cream. I mixed all the ingredients together and then mashed it with a potato masher, added half of that to a blender with the cream and pureed. I then added the puree to the remaining mixture and poured it all into the ice cream maker. 20 minutes and several hand-cranks later we had super yummy ice cream.

I am thinking this might be my best yard sale find of the summer. Though I am still hopeful for a few more fabulous yard sale finds.


  1. Oh my gosh! Awesome recipe, Christine! It makes me want to rush out and buy an ice cream maker. And I need another appliance like a hole in the head (and a hole in the head would just fill up like all of my other sinus cavities!). Still, I'm going to have to find a way to make it sans ice cream maker. Lovely combo of flavors. YUM.

  2. This looks delicious. I don't believe I have ever tasted strawberries and fennel together.
    An ice cream maker for a dollar?!! You lucky girl!

  3. Oh wow, this looks amazing! Now I definitely want an ice cream maker!

  4. My Oh my, your little one looks so cute turning the ice cream. So precious. That combination sounds amazing, I'd love to try making ice cream... although it's zero degrees right now so it's a little too chilly for that!


  5. $1??? Shucks, twinsy, we have to go shopping together at some point, that is a bargain! It's also adorably 80s. My mama has that marble mortar and pestle, too. See?! We really are twins. Strawberry and fennel sounds like such a great combo. The wee ones ate it up? Those are some refined palates they've got there! (And a super cool mom for being so adventurous!). xo

  6. First of all...$1??? Second of all...that looks like the little Barbie Ice Cream maker I used to use as a kid (in the eighties...haha). Third of all, it looks amazing and Fourth: now I really am debating going out for ice cream this afternoon. I've been thinking about it...and I'm kind of having one of those days. So why not??

  7. These photos are outstanding! Looks fab! Just discovered your blog and love it! Following you on bloglovin' :)

  8. LOVE these photos... beautiful! I am a seriously ice cream lover, so I am sold. Now I just need to help my husband get over his dislike of fennel...

  9. Now that's a $1 find that will keep on giving! Brilliant! And as someone who suffers from endless digestive problems, I love that you used fennel - I don't know what I would do without it!

  10. I have been waiting for this post ever since i saw your instagram! i missed it because it has been crazy busy at work but i made sure to take an evening (with a glass of wine before dinner) to savour every minute. I want this ice cream so badly! if i ever visit you in portland, will you promise to make it for me? please and thank you? <3!


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