I think some of the best presents are the ones that you didn’t even know you wanted. Sure, telling someone what you want, and getting just that is always fun. But really, the perfect gift is the one that totally takes you by surprise. Something you’d never to think to ask for and probably never buy for yourself.
Enter my ice cream maker.
My birthday is still a few weeks away, but my parents gave this to me this past weekend and I literally squealed with delight when I realized what it was. I’ve never asked for an ice cream maker, in fact, I’m not even sure it has ever registered in my mind that I even wanted one. But as soon as I tore off the paper, it was love at first sight. I love her so much she has been named. Freezy Cuiszy.
I didn’t even take time to take off my sunglasses after I walked in the door before I tore open the box and put Freezy Cuiszy’s (FC for short) bucket in the freezer. Afterall, I had a massive amount of strawberries that were burning a hole in my pocket. They were pretty much begging me to make them into ice cream. Can’t you hear them begging?
I’m not one to disappoint a berry.
As FC got nice a chilly in the freezer, my ideas for modifications to the plain ole strawberry ice cream spiraled out of control. I won’t share the frightening path my brain went down, but I will tell you at some point I was thinking strawberry chocolate pretzel chunk ice cream sounded pretty impressive (I promise I’m not pregnant). But instead of going all wild and crazy on the inaugural spin of FC, I decided to go for a modern classic—strawberry cheesecake. We’ll save pretzel chunks for another day.
I did pretty limited ice cream-making research prior to digging in, but I did see that there are a bunch of different varieties and styles of making ice cream. I’m sure I’ll tackle them all at some point, but for my first go ’round I wanted it to be simply a quick recipe so I could get the hang of the process. So this recipe has mostly fridge and pantry staples and requires no cooking before it goes into the ice cream machine.
The end result is a creamy, thick ice cream that is packed full of fresh berry flavor and has a nice tangy undertone from the cream cheese. Basically it is everything ice cream should be. And my favorite part? All the ingredients are totally recognizable and readily available.
Seriously, you want an ice cream maker. Go put it on your birthday list.
Adapted from Heartland Renaissance
Makes about 1 quart
Want a rockin’ serving suggestion? Grab a brownie from your local brownie pan (other people always have a pan of brownies in their kitchen, right?), warm the brownie in the microwave and the place a scoop of strawberry cheesecake ice cream on top. Finish it off with a few slices of fresh strawberries on top. To. Die. For.
Subscribers get first access to new content, exclusive recipes, giveaways, tons of freebies, behind-the-scenes updates, and a totally free eBook just for signing up!
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
In case I forget before you’re back in the office, this recipe for Lemon-Buttermilk Sorbet is delicious, ridiculously simple and a good base for other fruits. I love buttermilk as an ice cream/sorbet base–lots of flavor and thickness without all the fat.
Thanks lady! Yum!
Oh my goodness! This looks amazing!!! Now I feel the need to rush out to the farmer’s market to see if strawberries are in yet :)
THis look really great I love strawberry I will do it tomorrow morning. Thanks for the recipe.
I love strawberry I will do it tomorrow morning thanks for the recipe
Let me know how it turned out!
Cassie, this recipe is AWESOME. I made it in my Cuisinart for my mom’s birthday/father’s day over the weekend and everyone loved it. On a completely unrelated note I was looking through some of your archives, and my husband and I were married on March 17, 2007 also. :-)
YAY! So glad you liked it! And yippee for St. Patrick’s Day anniversaries!
At Wholefully, we believe
vibrant, glowing health
is your birthright.
The free Living Wholefully Starter Guide is packed full of tips, tricks, recipes, and a 14-day meal plan to get you started on the road to vibrant health.
Welcome to Wholefully! Our goal is to empower you to take control of your own health. Let us show you the holistic wellness tools you need to nourish your body and uplift your mind.
In this totally free (yup!) digital book, I share with you everything you need to get started living the Wholefully life—clean eating, green beauty, natural home, self-care, mental health—we cover it all!
Many outgoing links on Wholefully are affiliate links. If you purchase a product after clicking an affiliate link, I receive a small percentage of the sale for referring you, at no extra cost to you. Wholefully/Back to Her Roots, LLC is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
Any specific health claim or nutritional claims or information provided on the website are for informational purposes only. Nothing on the website is offered is intended to be a substitute for professional medical, health, or nutritional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See full disclosures »
We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website.
You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings.
Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. This means that every time you visit this website you will need to enable or disable cookies again.