Strawberry Ice Cream with Balsamic

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Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Angela Roberts

Summer is not summer without strawberries, and strawberry balsamic ice cream is a real treat.

It’s time again for me to cook from someone else’s blog for the Secret Recipe Club and as always it’s exciting when I get the email and see which blog I get to cook from. The “secret” part is that no one knows who is assigned what until reveal day. Someone right now is making something of mine, and I hope it pleases them, as much as this recipe pleased me.

I was assigned Food Babble, written by Kate, who is a busy mom with three kids, a husband, Mike and dog, Murphy. How did she ever find the time to make this delicious ice cream?

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Angela Roberts

Originally, I was going to make this Goat Cheese Tart, but in the last week I was given about 12 quarts of freshly picked Tennessee strawberries. Last Friday, a good friend who owns a farm arranged for us to go pick some strawberries at another farm close by.

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Angela Roberts

We picked and we picked and we picked giant, juicy strawberries. This put me in quite the strawberry mood, and when I saw Kate’s Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream  I knew this is what I had to make.

I’ve made strawberry ice cream here before, but I must tell you, the strawberry balsamic ice cream is really flavorful and deeply colorful. I used a good quality, syrupy balsamic vinegar which is good on ice cream just by itself. The recipe calls for cooking the strawberries with the balsamic vinegar and some sugar, which drives a deep intense flavor. I pureed them in my Vitamix and chilled and then made the custard. Once both are very chilled, they mixed together with a little more balsamic and processed through the ice cream machine. I added in some vodka, which remains flavorless but helps prevent the ice cream from getting too icy. It worked, as this was one very creamy ice cream.

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Angela Roberts

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Angela Roberts

I served the strawberry balsamic ice cream tonight at Retro Rose’s house (she’s my mom) and she loved it and wouldn’t let me take any home. It was a big hit.

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Angela Roberts

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5 from 2 votes

Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream with a Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

Fresh strawberry ice cream with balsamic vinegar makes for a great summer dessert.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sugar divided
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar divided
  • 1 tablespoon vodka optional


  • Heat cream and milk 1/4 cup sugar sugar bringing to a hot simmer. Divide the cream milk mixture in half. Set half aside.
  • Beat egg yolks in separate bowl. Temper with half the hot cream milk mixture and slowly add back into mixture. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened (coats back of wooden spoon.) Remove from heat and add remaining milk/cream. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Cool and then chill for several hours until very cold.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer strawberries for 10 minutes until reduced and juices become syrupy. Cool to room temperature then puree in a blender until smooth. Set aside in refrigerator.
  • When both mixtures are very cold mix together with the remaining balsamic vinegar. Follow directions on ice cream machine. Churn until ice cream is ready. At the very end of mixing, add vodka. This helps to prevent ice cream from getting icy.

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  2. 5 stars
    I would to make this and I am a little confused. It says to heat half n half in the first step but I dont see half n half listed in the ingredients. I only see heavy cream and milk. After cooking then it says to add cream. I already started this recipe and didnt realize I had to add cream again after cooking so I put all the cream and milk in first cooked with egg yolk and made the custard so now I am stuck with nothing to add to the cooked cream. Am I confusing you lol.
    Well for now I will see if it turns out. If you could help me for next time. I am wondering if this will come out without any half n half? We shall see?? Hope so
    I love balsamic with strawberries cant wait till tonight to put in ice cream maker.
    Thank you!

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  4. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this ice cream! Honestly, it’s the best ice cream I’ve made to date. I’m not the biggest fan of strawberry ice cream but I felt like the flavor was heightened in this recipe and we scoffed it down quickly. Thank you for your kind words about my blog!

  5. Oh I like this club…how do you join…Ice cream and balsamic…a must try..looks wonderful and refreshing…

  6. Stunning! I love those beautiful bowls use used and great tip regarding adding the vodka. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The bowls have a good story. They are old fashioned dishes for shrimp cocktail. A glass insert goes in them to hold the shrimp over ice.

  7. One of my favourite summer treats is strawberries and balsamic on vanilla ice cream, but somehow I never thought to just blend everything up right into the ice cream…. that sounds divine, especially now that the local berries are starting to pop up at the market! This recipe is going straight to the top of my must-make list for the summertime.

  8. Yum! I’ve always loved strawberry balsamic ice cream…have made a couple versions and its always amazing. Yours looks so tasty! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 from 2 votes

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