Strawberry Crème Frâiche Ice Cream

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer around here.  Sunny days that stay lighter for much longer in the evenings…wildflowers popping up….Farmer’s Markets beginning their outdoor seasons….and the introduction of more fresh, local produce at the market.

And, as one of those things that come with summer, the strawberries here look fantastic.  I had originally planned on making this recipe with fresh blueberries (they had run out before I could get to them!) with bits of graham cracker pieces scattered throughout.  But, since the strawberries looked so ripe and juicy, I stayed true to the original recipe, using real vanilla beans in lieu of vanilla extract. If you don’t have access to crème frâiche, use a full-fat (it’s important to use a full fat version for consistency purposes) sour cream instead.  This recipe is actually extremely simple to throw together-the only downside is the time it takes for it to freeze (at least overnight!)

Don’t say I didn’t warn you-I had a hard time not eating the ice cream batter right out of the food processor.  It’s even better frozen, served with some vanilla cookies or whipped cream.

Strawberry Crème Frâiche Ice Cream


Servings: about 1/2 a gallon



3-4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped

2 cups crème frâiche

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup granulated sugar

Seeds from 2 whole vanilla beans (If you don’t have vanilla beans, use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract-I like mine with lots of that vanilla flavor, hence two whole beans…)

Pinch salt


1. In your food processor or blender, combine the strawberries, crème frâiche, cream, sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and salt, blending until smooth.

2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, cover, and let chill until completely cold (at least three hours or overnight.)**Meanwhile, make sure to have your ice cream maker prepared according to manufactuer’s instructions…i.e, it must be frozen overnight as well.)

3. Once completely cold, transfer the ice cream to the bowl of your ice cream mixer, and stir, according to the manufactuer’s instructions.

4. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until serving time.  Enjoy.


Source:  Slightly adapted from Williams Sonoma.


May 21, 2012 - 9:14 am

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This sounds so yummy!!

May 21, 2012 - 9:41 am

Libby - Sounds amazing, beautiful photographs! Sounds too simple not to make, next sunny day we have I’m making this ice cream! 🙂

May 21, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Beth Michelle - Those strawberries look absolutely perfect!!! Love the sound of this ice cream. The creme fraiche must give it such an awesome creamy texture!

May 22, 2012 - 4:29 am

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef - Strawberry ice cream would be my absolute favorite but with creme fraiche.. deliciouser!

May 22, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Ann P. - my mom would love this! She eats bowls of creme fraiche and strawberries for dessert. 🙂

May 23, 2012 - 1:04 pm

peaches - wow this does look great! Beautiful pictures!!!!

May 24, 2012 - 9:11 am

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes - Creme fraiche must make this ice cream extra silky! Looks tempting.

May 25, 2012 - 12:14 am

Javelin Warrior - Love this post – so much so that I’m featuring it in this week’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I’m always inspired by your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

June 4, 2012 - 2:59 am

Mama-o-2 - I used a mix of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries and it was AMAZING! Try making your own creme fraiche- it is so cheap and easy to do.

July 6, 2012 - 2:37 pm

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