June 10, 2008

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream: 2 Years in the Making

As of today it’s been 2 years since I started writing Jumbo Empanadas. That’s a long time. And as I did on my first blogiversary, I’m making a special request for a comment, (and you can’t refuse a birthday request). If you’ve never left a comment before, now’s the time to do it. If you always leave one, feel free to leave another. If you know me personally and don’t think you have to comment, make an exception today and leave one, (and your name or something like it so that I know who you are!). It doesn’t really matter what you say, I just want to know who’s out there.

I haven’t quite figured out what to say about blogging for two years, (is there anything to say about it?) and I’m not sure where things are going from here, (how long can one really write a food blog?) so I’m just going to leave you with an amazing recipe and call it a day. Yeah, it’s a cop out, but a delicious one.

For my first blogiversary I made a cake that was a combination of three different Dorie recipes, but lately it’s been so hot that all I want to do is eat ice cream and frozen grapes so there’s no cake to celebrate today. Instead, I give you my newest and current favourite ice cream creation: Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream. I’ll give you a second to let that sink in. Each component is awesome on its own, but together they make up a trifecta of awesomeness that is unparalleled. If you still don’t own an ice cream maker, this is the reason to buy one.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries, (adapted slightly from Zoƫ Bakes)

2 pounds of strawberries

1/3 cup sugar

3 T balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil so that it goes all the way up on all sides so that the wonderful juice that’s going to be created can’t escape. Wash and hull the strawberries and pat dry. Toss with the sugar and let stand for 30 minutes. Add the balsamic and toss again and then spread out onto your baking tray. Bake for approx 40 minutes, until strawberries are jammy and there’s lots of juice. Pour the berries into a bowl and put in the fridge to cool completely. These are pretty fantastic all on their own or as a topping on yogurt or granola or any flavour of ice cream of your choosing.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

3 egg yolks

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk and cream to a boil. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale. Continue to whisk while slowing pouring in the hot mixture until it is completely incorporated. Pour the entire thing back into the pan and stir until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Pour into a bowl, stir in the vanilla extract and then cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, (I roasted the berries and made the custard at night and then assembled the ice cream the following morning for breakfast, yeah I said breakfast).

Once both the strawberries and the custard are completely cool, get out your ice cream maker. Take a couple scoops of strawberries with juice out of the bowl and set aside, (try not to eat it all, your goal is to use this reserved bit as a topping on the ice cream when it’s finished). Strain the rest of the strawberries and combine the juice with the custard and pour into your ice cream machine and process according to your manufacturer’s instructions. When your ice cream is almost ready, add in the strained berries until they’re just incorporated, (if you add them in at the beginning, the machine has a hard time processing them). If you like your ice cream soft, you can eat it right away, topped with the reserved strawberries and juice, otherwise stick it in the freezer to firm up a little more. I ate it both ways and then had to make more, again and again. And that’s rare for me, I usually don’t like to make the same thing twice, but this has quickly become one of my favourite ice creams.

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95 comments:

bakersbakery said...

I'm "out here"!
I've commented a few times, mostly recently. Your blog may be the reason I buy an ice cream maker this summer!
Happy blogging birthday!!!
Carrie from Carrie's Kitchen Creations
http://bakersbakery.wordpress.com

Engineer Baker said...

I admit it, I'm a lurker :) Happy bloggiversary!

Mary said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm mostly a lurker. I really enjoy your blog and that ice cream looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on two years! I love reading your blog!

Merav said...

Happy blogiversary from a long-time lurker! I've always wanted to try strawberries with balsamic vinegar, but I always seem to forget!

Lunch Buckets said...

Happy Birthday - enjoy your comments :)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This is a delicious combo (one of my favorite ice cream flavors) and happy blogiversary!

breadchick said...

Bri,

Happy Happy Blog Birthday! And congrats on getting to 2 years.

This post is making want to go home right now and fire up the KA ice cream attachment (98 degree weather be damned)

chiff0nade said...

WTF?

Your blog has survived for two years by posting stuff like this?

As a PROFESSIONAL CHEF and the SENIOR ADVISER for SeriousEats, I think I will pass on the ice cream.

But thanks, anyway.

Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary, Brilynn! This ice cream recipe is definitely going on my list for the summer. Looks sooo good.

ServesYouRight said...

Will delurk to join the celebration - this is a delicious post! Heres to many more!

Smita

Margaret said...

I'm here!!
I've made Delia Smith's strawberry icecream with balsamic but roasting the strawberries is a new one for me.
Happy blogging birthday!

The Urban Eater said...

Happy Blogiversary!
I LOVE Strawberries with balsamic vinegar so I am SURE I will love this ice cream too. Great recipe!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Oooh, ice cream looks delicious. Happy blog birthday. My two year was yesterday. I didn't have anything to say about it either. ;)

RecipeGirl said...

Happy Bloggie birthday! 2 years is a long time, that's for sure. You've got a great blog here, and I pop in all the time so I hope that you'll continue :)

Oh yeah, and the balsamic strawberry ice cream sounds really, really yummy!!!

Evs & The Hubby said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and thanks for posting so many yummy things these last two years!

-Eva

Husband said...

Congrats on 2 years... can't wait to see how many more delicious things you do over the next 2!

Rebecca said...

yummy, yummy! And happy bloggiversary! 2 years is quite an accomplishment!

kaitlyn said...

hello : ) happy blog birthday. I must try balsamic vinegar with strawberries sometime. I always end up finishing the strawberries before I remember to try it with the vinegar. thanks for the reminder!

LyB said...

Happy Bloggiversary Brilynn! I do hope you keep writing, I look forward to every one of your posts! My ice cream maker is screaming at me from the freezer, it wants this ice cream, now. :)

noble pig said...

Happy bloggyday! Yeah for two years!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Happy Birthday Blog!
I really am craving go balsamic syrup!

gkbloodsugar said...

Happy Blogiversary - Here's to two more!

Great twist on a quirky classic, I think.

Nora B. said...

Hi Bri, Happy Blogiversary! I actually recall leaving a comment on your first one.

I love a good aged balsamic on strawberries and ice cream, too cold for it right now thought (winter here in Sydney).

take care,
Nora

Nabeela said...

I'm a blog reader too....I wish I had done the same thing when my blog was up and running...might have figured out the number of people reading my blog

Natalie said...

first time commenter! :-P
happy blogiversary...the ice cream looks delicious!

TNelson said...

Long time reader - first time commenter. (I have 21 of your recipes "saved" for future reference). This ice cream looks delish! Happy blog anniversary!

trish

Cindy said...

It's winter and breakfast time where I am but dang, I could eat a pint of that icecream right now!

Happy blogiversary, Brilynn, and may there be many more cakes, icecreams and icecream cakes in the year to come.

Dragon said...

I'm completely addicted to anything Balsamic these days. :) The ice cream looks amazing. Can't wait to try it.

Great site, by the way. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary.

Peabody said...

Happy Blog birthday...mine is tomorrow.
Ice cream sounds delish.

Emily said...

Also a lurker here -- happy bloggiversary! This recipe is really tempting me to break down and finally get an ice cream maker -- am regretting not getting the one I saw at a yard sale last year!

K & S said...

Happy Blog B-day! this ice cream sounds like something I need to try :) Can't wait to see what delicious things the next year will bring!!

Alanna said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your site is gorgeous, and we're always reading!
Love, Two Fat Als

Tarah said...

Mmmm yum. Look awesome!

Happy Bloggiversary :D

forgetmenot said...

Happy blogiversary, Brilynn!
I always read your blog and wish you were home so I could eat your wonderful creations. I am lucky that Dad also loves to cook.

Now I have to learn to play Wii tennis. :)

Love
Mom xoxoxoox

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Congratulations, that is quite an accomplishment! Great looking dessert by the way!

rhid said...

happy 2nd anniversery!

Joanna said...

Did you just say roasted strawberries?? Oh man, as soon as it cools down enough to turn on the oven, I so need to try this. One question though... do you use good balsamic for this recipe? I loooove the good stuff drizzled on strawberries directly, but I wonder if adding sugar and roasting it means that cheaper vinegar will work just fine.

cookworm said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Bri! I didn't know so many of our blogs were "spring babies".

Thanks for keeping Jumbo Empanadas going...I love reading your funny stories and drooling over your great food. And I adore that cute knitted cupcake you made, which sits on my office desk with me every day. :)

Verena said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary! I've enjoyed reading your entries, from the food you make to your meeting with Dorie, and the funny stories of your landlord and weird neighbor.

Congratulations again, and ooh, roasted strawberries with balsamic vinegar, yum! :D

Kevin said...

Congrats on two years! That roasted strawberry icecream sounds really good!

Renee said...

Happy 2nd blogging birthday! *smile* This ice cream looks FABULOUS!! It's printed and ready to be made - I can't wait to try it!!

joanne at frutto della passione said...

Happy Blog Birthday and what a wonderful way to celebrate!

emiglia said...

Congratulations on two years of blogging! The ice cream looks amazing... strawberry is my favorite flavor, but the balsamic may just take it to a whole new level.

nicisme said...

Congratulations on your 2 year blog birthday!
The ice cream look fabulous!

Ann said...

Congrats on two years of excellent blogging!

Jenn (Richmond, VA) said...

Happy Birthday! I'm a lurker - just wanted to let you know I love your blog!

Manggy said...

Happy blogaversary!! You certainly are on an ice cream roll! Lovely scoops! :)

Jenny said...

Happy Blogaversary!
Ice cream is a great idea with the heat we've had later, and yours is such a grown up creation!
PS Did I remember to tell you that I tagged you for a meme recently? :-)

Brianne said...

Hi Bri! I think I've commented once before, but I can't remember. So here I am coming out of lurking to wish you a happy blogiversary! Your kiwi ice cream from earlier this year prompted me to buy an ice cream maker and it's been an extraordinary amount of fun! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, and best of luck in your studies.
-Bri

Katie B. said...

Happy Blog-day! We are so lucky to have been able to read all about your adventures for two years - here's to many more!! This ice cream recipe couldn't come at a better time - my kitchenaid ice cream bowl is in my freezer RIGHT NOW!!! :)

Astrid said...

Mmm that looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

Great reading your blog. More fun to cook with you.

Gigi said...

HAPPY BLOG-O-VERSARY! Yours was one of the very first blogs I read. Keep up the great work!

Misty said...

Happy blogiversary! I have your blog listed on my google reader so I never miss an update! I love your recipes!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Happy blogiversary! Our blogs are almost twins -- my two-year is in a few days, so I know how much work it is to keep a blog going for this long. Congratulations!

Candice said...

Happy Blogiversary! That ice cream sounds awesome. I love the strawberry/balsamic combo.

Tamara said...

Can't deny a birthday request! I've been reading about 1 year.Thanks for writing!

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

Happy bloggiversary!!!!

KJ said...

Happy blogging birthday! Love the ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!

Gattina said...

It is a knock-out recipe!
Happy blogiversary. Many more!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Bri, I'm late but I still want to say that your blog is amazing, you are amazing! I love reading you and looking at your super yummy photos!
xx

Deborah said...

Awesome recipe! And happy blog birthday - 2 years is a huge milestone!

Fruit tart said...

Happy Birthday Jumbo! I hope you continue blogging indefinitely, b/c I never grow tired of your posts. ;-)

Katie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I can't wait until my 1st. Thanks for sharing.

ChichaJo said...

Happy blog birthday!!! :)

Dhanggit said...

happy happy blogging birthday!! im wishing your more delicious adventure to come!!

Dalton said...

Made this two nights ago. My God, it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe--we'll be making it often!

Meeta said...

Happy Happy Blpg Anniversary Bri. i am glad to have met you on the blog journey. Your sense of humor and writing is like a fresh of breath air. Never change. Hugs always!

Maryann said...

Happy blogoversary, Brilynn! :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I am totally loving the idea of this ice cream - inspired! Happy blog birthday - way to go!

DANIELLE said...

From a fellow ice cream lover, and Canadian food blogger, congrats on two years! Great work!

Danielle

bingsy said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post from a few days ago, but happy belated blogiversary.

I am a reader from Austin, Texas. I have been reading your blog for just a little over a year. I cannot remember exactly how I came across your blog, but I have lots of your blog friends on my blog reader. I bake, mostly cookies for now and mostly in the winter - Austin summers. I love both the sound of this ice cream recipe and, having grown up in El Paso, the name of your blog.

wheresmymind said...

mmm...Have to use some good vinegar for that :)

farida said...

Happy blogiversary! Withing you many more years of bloggin:) Boy, does this ice cream look yummy.

Nick said...

With this many comments, you'll be able to make a book out of them! Great looking ice cream, keep up the good work!

Does anyone know who this chiff0nade person is? Apparently she comes too blogs and makes sure to claim she is a PROFESSIONAL, then proceeds to tear apart whatever the post is about. I've seen that user a few times now, so I think it's either meant to be a joke or someone impersonating the blogger. Otherwise, that's just one terrible person.

Helen said...

"trifecta of awesomeness"...I believe that!!
Happy bloganniversary!!

Emiline said...

YES!

Happy blogiversay!

Elle said...

I'm late to the party, but Happy Blogiversary! I totally want to try that trifecta of awesomeness!

Lyra said...

OMG this ice cream looks fabulous...and I just finished up a quart of strawberries that I had beginning to go bad on my counter. So I guess I will just have to buy some more so I can make this. YUM! I've been reading and commenting on your blog since last August, your site actually inspired me to start my own blog, so thanks again Brilynn! I would love to hear more about your school adventures, so maybe you can blog a bit about them as well...Hugs and congrats on 2 years of delicious recipes and fun reading!

Lyra said...

Nick, as far as who Chiffonade is, it is a prank profile, just go to http://profiles.aim.com/chiff0nade and you can see that someone is having a lot of fun with this. Personally Im not a fan of the idea.

FrauBucher said...

Best wishes to you, belatedly! I'm looking forward to many happy returns to your blog.
Michelle

Beth said...

I found your recipe in a search and made up a batch tonight. OMG, soooo heavenly good! Thanks for sharing it and congrats on 2 years of blogging :)

Zoe Francois said...

Wow, this looks fantastic! You've taken the roasted strawberries to their next, more delicious step. I can't wait to try them in ice cream.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

I just recently discovered how delicious are strawberries with balsamic... and basil, yes... I know... a little bit late... I wish I knew that before. This ice cream recipe sounds really good!

Oh, I almost forgot, happy birthday to your blog!! :)

Margot

Jerry said...

Congrats on 2 years. I remember when you first started up, feels like yesterday!

Going through your ice cream recipes to decide what will be my first of the season!

Sara said...

Two years! Nice. Thanks for sharing all your porny food goodness with us.

Carolyn T said...

Brilynn - this ice cream - well, it's OMG fabulous. I made it a couple of days ago and waited 2 days to serve it. It's absolutely some of the best ice cream I've ever had. The combo of very ripe strawberries and the balsamic is just over the top. Thank you SO much for working on this recipe, and for sharing it. I'm writing up a post about it on my blog, giving you all the credit. It should appear in the next day or two.

Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary. And do hope your neighbor gets lost!
Carolyn T
http://tastingspoons.com

Odete said...

Waw, six month later...but Happy blog B'day! I was looking around for some ice cream recipes...and had this great finding. Keep doing such good posts!

cmoore said...

What a great idea! I just stumbled upon your blog, but I like what I see. Happy blogiversary :)

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udit said...

delicious, unique recipes.

George Quirk said...

Hey! I would just like to thank you for this recipe. It was a success when I hung out with my kids in Myrtle Beach yesterday. They loved it! It gave good comfort to my youngest who got his tooth extracted. The dentist suggested that I let him eat some cold food to lessen the pain.

Viagra said...

What a great combination!