Monday, July 18, 2011

TSRC: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

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Another month of The Secret Recipe Club has arrived and I love the blogger that was given to me this month. Erica from Stuff I Make My Husband is a featherweight female boxer and makes delicious food to fit into her low carb/high protein diet. I spent a few hours on her website deciding what to make because it all sounded good. I ended up trying her Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream because I haven’t used my ice cream maker in months and it is hot outside! If you would like to join The Secret Recipe Club, just fill out the online form.

If I didn’t have ricotta cheese in the fridge I would of followed her recipe exactly but since we don’t really eat cottage cheese, I didn’t want to just buy it for this reason. I think ricotta tastes better anyways. Although I think the cottage cheese is what makes it creamy, the ricotta cheese was a bit more grainy but other then that it tasted delicious. The ice cream was higher in protein and lower in fat thanks to the use of almond milk and reduced fat cream cheese. What really made it over the top is the use of graham cracker crumbs. This really reminded me of cheese cake since the crust is my favorite part. I really liked the recipe she shared for her low carb graham cracker version but I honestly had no time. The store-bought brand worked for us.

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I’ve made ice cream in the past and whenever I kept it in the freezer it was rock hard and icy. Still edible but nothing that was easily servable like you get from the store. Erica mentioned to add vodka in the mix so it would stay creamy if you plan to keep it in the freezer. I thought that was a great tip and added it. Since fresh strawberries carry a lot of water, I think I needed more then 1 tablespoon of vodka. It was very hard and icy. We ended up giving it a few seconds in the microwave and it was good as new.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Adapted from
Stuff I Make My Husband

Ingredients
12 ounces strawberries, washed, stemmed and sliced
6 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
3/4 cup stevia
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon of vodka (optional)
Graham cracker crumbs

Direction
In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients except for strawberries and graham cracker crumbs. Puree until smooth. Stir in the strawberry slices.

Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After 20 minutes mixture should be ice cream and ready to serve. Top with graham cracker crumbs.

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This was a great month! I’m really enjoying The Secret Recipe Club because I’ve met so many new people and found so many new blogs. I’m inspired constantly by everyone!

Fallon

18 comments:

Lisa~~ said...

My husband adores cheesecake ice cream, I'll have to give this one a try.

I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Pretend Chef said...

Really happy to have found your blog thanks to the Secret Recipe Club. You chose a wonderful recipe and this ice cream sounds incredibly. Yummy! Perfect for these summer days.

The Food Hunter said...

I wish I had a big bowl of this right now.

amanda @ fake ginger said...

Well it looks delicious even if it wasn't a 100% winner in your book. I've never heard of the vodka trick before!

AndiWinslow said...

I just found a recipe for this and spoke of it. Well, looks tasty. thanks for the post I think the weather says make me soon Andi


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Shelby said...

This sounds yummy Fallon - and the fact you use stevia may make it a recipe I could eat! Normally Ice Cream and me don't agree. :)

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Erica said...

Glad you liked the recipe, it's one of the most popular ones on my site :) The freezing issue never occurred to me because strawberry ice cream never lasts long in my house!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Ice cream look creamy!

Desi said...

Um wow! I love strawberry cheesecake ice cream, but have never made the homemade version. I need an ice cream maker! I am stopping by from SRC, and loving your blog... I am your newest follower :)

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Robin Sue said...

Fun recipe and from a female boxer too! Can you imagine that as a hobby, I would hate getting punched!!!

Veronica said...

Strawberry cheesecake ice cream! That sounds and looks AMAZING. I once saw a recipe for strawberry cheesecake icecream that called for throwing in pieces of a store-bought graham cracker crust near the end of churning b/c it gives more of a pie crust feel and flavor. It wouldn't be as healthy though!

Amy said...

Oh, this sound fantastic!

Glad to be part of SRC with you!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

marla said...

Amazing ice cream flavor! So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

Amanda said...

Hi Fallon! I bet this was amazing. My son has been asking me to make strawberry ice cream, I'll have to show him this one! I have featured this on SRC today http://secretrecipeclub.com/strawberry-cheesecake-ice-cream-fallons-cucina/

Katrina said...

Great post and yummy ice cream, Fallon. I like that Amanda is putting one new post a day on the SRC site, so when I see one I like (the blogger and/or the post) I can run over to check it out and comment. Because otherwise, I've had no time to stop by all those blogs!
Great pick.

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy said...

Wow, cream cheese and ricotta in ice cream?! Hooked!

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

it looks so nice and creamy! I used to eat cheesecake ice cream all the time when I was pregnant (26 years ago!) Now you have me wanting it some more!