Since our anniversary is this Wednesday, Ben bought me an early gift this weekend- the ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid stand mixer!  I couldn’t think of many things I would rather have and I was so excited to give it a try.  I have several recipes marked and also have an awesome ice cream cookbook, but choosing which recipe to try first was not very difficult.  I have had this recipe bookmarked longer than any other and with tons of strawberries in my refrigerator, it was meant to be.  I must say, the results were truly amazing.  I am a serious ice cream lover, but this was so much better than any store bought ice cream I have ever had.  The ice cream maker worked perfectly and I cannot wait to try more flavors.  With so many to choose from, who knows which one I’ll try next!


2 cups fresh ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced

3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup sugar, divided

1 cup whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • 01

    Combine the strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/3 cup of sugar; stir gently and allow the strawberries to macerate in the juices for 2 hours.

  • 02

    In another bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the heavy cream, the vanilla and any accumulated juices from the strawberries.

  • 03

    Turn on your ice cream maker and pour the mixture into the frozen bowl.  Let mix until thickened, about 25-30 minutes.  Add the sliced strawberries during the last 5 minutes of freezing.  Ice cream will be soft at this point.  For a firmer ice cream, transfer to an airtight container and store in freezer until it has reached your desired consistency.


  • Your ice cream came out fabulous! Did you end up freezing your ice cream after it churned to get such a great texture in your pictures? Yumm… and I’m looking forward to more of your ice cream recipes!

  • I don’t have an ice cream maker- so jealous!

    I *love* this photo!

  • Ben is such a sweet husband; what a nice gift! And that icecream looks very yummy…

  • This looks SO good. I don’t care how many different kinds of ice cream I eat, strawberry will always be my absolute favorite. Do you like the ice cream attachment? I’ve been wondering if I should get that or just an ice cream maker in general. Happy early anniversary!

  • Annie

    Elly, the ice cream attachment is wonderful! It was very easy to use. I guess I did so much raving about the ice cream itself I forgot to mention that part. I decided to go with the attachment rather than a separate ice cream maker just because it seems less like a “uni-tasker” to me since it is technically part of the KA. Plus, I think this takes up less space which is at a premium in my kitchen.

  • Annie, beautiful-looking ice cream, and an awesome photo! I love fresh strawberry ice cream. Good job Ben, on the gift! I can’t wait to invest in one myself :)

  • Mmmm! DH LOVES strawberry ice cream, and yours looks fabulous!
    Now I may have to dig my ice cream maker out of storage!

  • Shanna

    I love my attachment. :)
    Can’t wait to start making ice cream again.

  • Annie this looks great!! Sooo funny b/c I totally made strawberry ice cream after I ran out of cherries (the original plan) this weekend too! Yours looks DELICIOUS!

  • Delicious looking ice cream! I love my ice cream maker attachment. Happy early Anniversary.

  • I just made this last night! Thanks for the inspiration. I love how creamy it is and how easy it was to make.

  • we had a free gift w/purchase w/our KA – you are making me so sad that i chose the pasta maker instead of the ice cream maker attachment :( i was trying to be good but now i so regret it!

    hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

    oh, and nothing beats homemade strawberry ice cream!

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  • I am allergic to strawberries but I made this for my husband and he loved it! It didn’t last the week. I tried using the base ingrediants (no lemon or strawberry) to make a simple vanilla ice cream and added some chocolate covered peanuts and store bought caramel syrup. It was pretty good, actually! I’d like to try and make a similiar base using lower fat ingrediants and see how that works. Thank you for another lovely recipe!

  • Bridget

    I just made this for my first attempt at homemade ice cream. It is SO good!