strawberry-lime ice cream (no cook)

One of the best things I love about food blogging is learning about new food trends.
Last year (or maybe earlier)  I saw the quick emergence of no cook ice cream.
I had my doubts of course, how can this taste good without a nice creamy custard base?
Just try it and see what happens.
Because in all reality, when it's summer, and it's 90 degrees out with 100% humidity on cape cod, all you can imagine eating is ice cream. And the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove constantly stirring a custard base for ice cream.
You want ice cream now and fast, AND you, if you're like me, want to have ice cream done your way with your own add ins and flavors.
I have no idea who started this wonderful trend, but I'm thankful for it.
It tastes just as good as regular custard base ice cream.
And it's fast--it's one bowl fast.
So keep this recipe handy for the summer.
It's adaptable to almost any type of fruit preserves, juices, coulis, etc.. should you not want to use strawberry-lime.
I topped mine with toasted coconut.
Lots of fresh lime zest!
Adding the fruit by hand ensures fruit bits in every bite!

strawberry-lime ice cream
adapted from a ton of recipes on the Internet

ice cream base:
14oz. sweetened condensed milk
3 – 3 ½ cups of half & half
pinch of salt

¾ - 1 pound fresh strawberries, chopped small or large
2 TB sugar
juice of 2 limes
zest of 1-2 limes (depending on how much you like the taste of lime)

In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped strawberries, sugar, lime juice & zest.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours over longer.
When ready to make ice cream using a colander drain off the juices if there is a lot.  Keep the liquids. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, half & half, salt, and the strawberry-lime juices.
Mix until thoroughly combined.
Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufactures directions.
Right before the ice cream is done churning add in half the strawberries.
You’ll add the other half when you place the mixture into a bowl.
I do it this way so it won’t overcrowd the ice cream maker and spill onto the sides.
Working fast, pour a little bit of ice cream into freezer safe bowl or container, add in some strawberries, add on more ice cream then strawberries. Repeat this till its all in the bowl.
Freeze mixture until it is set up, usually a couple hours.
Should make 2 quarts? (I never really measured).


  1. Adapted from a ton of recipes on the web!! Good one. I will keep this in my arsenal for a quick ice cream night. Sweet cond. milk- great tip!

  2. Ice cream is one of the best parts of summer. Love this! Strawberries and lime sounds like a great combo!

  3. Definitely a technique I need to keep in mind for the hot summer months.

  4. I need an ice cream maker...now :)

  5. Sweetened cond milk and half and half can do no wrong! No need for a creme anglaise custard base when you have those are my thoughts as well. You outdid yourself! YUM!

  6. I just saw Nigella or some other such chef just do something similar. I totes need to add this to my summer repertoire since I got rid of my ice cream machine when I moved last year.

  7. Lovely! What perfect spring flavors for ice cream. :)

  8. Ohhh yes...I love both versions of ice cream. But this way gets it in my mouth faster! Love the lime and strawberry combo.

  9. delicious flavor combination!! reminds me i still have some lime curd in the fridge...

  10. I always want to make ice cream but never feel like making custard...so this is pretty much ideal in many many ways! I love combination strawberry with crazy flavors. Last year I went with balsamic but perhaps this will be the summer of strawberry-lime!

  11. That's it, I must get my hands on an ice cream machine! Your photos make me happy. Always :D

  12. Great flavor combination Dawn! It looks so creamy and delicious. I can't wait to try this one.

  13. excellent. strawberries and limes do a very happy dance together. :)

  14. Yum! Sounds so refreshing!


  15. I like the sound of a no cook ice cream and this one looks really good!


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