weelllllll helllllo! it. has. been. a. MINUTE. by which i might mean year. i didn’t mean to ghost on you, things have just been a bit busy. just about a year ago, i got a full-time job, which has been great, but it’s taken me a little bit to figure out how to reconfigure my life so that i can fit this cooking / photographing / chatting with you piece back in.
over the past year, friends and family have asked if i’m planning to continue with tasty seasons, and i would always say, “i haven’t decided to stop, i just also haven’t been posting.” and if i’m being honest, it took a little while for me to realize how much i missed it. the upside is that while i haven’t been trying as many new recipes over the past year, the ones that i’ve loved enough to make over and over again are really good and i’m excited to share them with you!
so let’s start with some hazelnut ice cream with strawberry and chocolate swirls, shall we? ironically, this is a recipe that i originally started working on during the summer of 2017, but couldn’t get right in time for strawberry season. then i circled back to it and perfected it last summer, riiiight before i stopped posting. but i promise it’s worth the wait!
in fact, this is one of the rare dessert recipes that is good enough to warrant multiple (multiple…) rounds of testing. last summer i dove back in, with a bit more research under my belt and a few more ideas to try. basically, the problem was that both the hazelnut ice cream and the strawberries were turning into solid blocks of ice. no bueno.
eventually, by combining allll of the ice cream scoopability tricks (alcohol, sugar, AND gelatin), we got there. creamy ice cream that is scoopable in an amount of time that is reasonable to wait for something that tastes so good (some recipes “solve” this problem by instructing you to just leave the ice cream on the counter for 30 minutes before you want to scoop and eat it. i’m sorry, are we making 48-hour chocolate chip cookies or a quick bowl of ice cream? seriously, what in the heck?!)
so now, with the first pints of strawberries on the tables at the farmers’ market just this morning, i give you hazelnut ice cream with strawberry and chocolate swirls! it’s even better than it sounds. hazelnuts and strawberries are a perfect combination. hazelnuts and chocolate are a perfect combination. strawberries and chocolate are a perfect combination. do you see where we’re headed here? this ice cream is aces.
and should you be in need of such a thing, it’s perfect for using up the last of the strawberries from that overzealous trip to the strawberry patch because the strawberries get blended with sugar and freeze dried strawberries (don’t worry, trader joe’s sells them) to make a smooth puree that hides all manner of just-beginning-to-get-mushy-spots strawberry blemishes.
so whatever state your strawberries are in, they would love to end up in hazelnut ice cream with strawberry and chocolate swirls. i highly recommend that you do not wait until next year to try this (dairy free) ice cream recipe. it’s just too good.
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