I mean who doesn’t love a brownies and ice cream recipe?! When I was in high school I worked at an ice cream shop and my go to order was usually a brownie sundae. I’m all about a chewy, fudge brownie with a cold, creamy ice cream.
But how about changing it up and mixing a fruity flavor with a chocolate brownie? It sounded good to me so that’s what inspired me to make this homemade strawberry brownie ice cream! Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed…
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Do you need an ice cream maker?
No, you don’t need an ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream. However, if you want creamy and delicious ice cream, I promise it’s worth investing in an ice cream maker. This is the best budget ice cream maker out there. I’ve had many friends and family members purchase this machine and they rave about! All of my homemade ice cream recipes are specific to this ice cream maker.
If you’re not interested in getting a machine, look up “no churn” homemade ice cream recipes. There are plenty of options out there! I’ve only made ice cream without an ice cream maker once, and it definitely does not provide the same creamy texture as a churned ice cream.
By the way… homemade ice cream is off the charts delicious! It can even be addicting. This is why I limit myself to one batch a month!! Just a warning 😉
How do you make a strawberry ice cream?
Want to know something funny? I didn’t like strawberries until I was in my 20s. Isn’t that crazy?! I used to want nothing to do with them, and now I’ve made three different kinds of homemade strawberry ice cream. My latest being this homemade strawberry pop-tart ice cream.
My first time making a strawberry ice cream was for a strawberry shortcake flavored ice cream and it was easily one of my favorites from last year. It’s not hard to do- you just have to make a strawberry sauce from homemade strawberries and incorporate that into the ice cream while it’s churning.
I love this flavor so much I decided to use the same strawberry ice cream base again, but this time with some chocolate…
Using brownies in homemade ice cream
I’m a huge fan of brownies and thought it would be an awesome combo with the strawberry ice cream. However, I previously made an ice cream with brownies that didn’t turn out as planned.
My first time making a homemade ice cream with brownies bits in it, I added the brownies while the ice cream was churning. Because the texture of the brownies is so soft, they almost dissolved into the ice cream. Don’t get me wrong… it was still tasty! But I was hoping for big chunks of brownies that kept the same consistency as they did out of the oven.
This recipe was my experiment! This time, I made sure to gently fold in the brownie bites after the ice cream was done churning. It worked perfect- the brownies held their fudge, chewy texture! PS if you’re a big chocolate fan- I highly recommend using a brownie that has chocolate chips in it. I used these and they were so tasty!
Strawberry Brownie Ice Cream
- 1 Ice Cream Maker
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 lb strawberries quartered
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 box brownies your choice!
- Add 1 cup milk, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/8 tsp salt into a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Stir in 1 Tbsp vanilla and 2 cups heavy cream
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight. (I usually do overnight)
- Once the ice cream has chilled the proper amount of time, add mixture to your ice cream maker.
- Slowly spoon in the chilled strawberry sauce as the mixture churns.
- Once the ice cream has fully churned (about 20-25 minutes) put it in a freezer safe container and gently fold in brownie chunks.
- The ice cream can be served right away, but I usually put it back in the freezer for a couple more hours for a more firm consistency.
- Heat all the strawberry sauce ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat.
- Stir frequently until the mixture has thickened nicely. (Use a masher if you don't want big strawberry chunks)
- Let the mixture cool completely and store in the fridge until the ice cream is ready to be churned.
- Follow the instructions on your brownie mix, or if you're really ambitious, you can make some homemade!
- Once the brownies have fully cooled, cut into chunks
Sadly, this strawberry brownie ice cream flavor only lasted a few days in our house. The strawberry flavor was on point and the brownies kept the same chewy, fudgy texture since they were folded in last.
What flavor would you like to see next month? Comment below with your ideas! In the meantime, you can check out my ice cream highlight in IG to see the flavors I’ve made in the past! This was my favorite flavor from 2021!