Eggless Strawberry-Balsamic Ice Cream

by Kiran on March 7, 2012 · 95 comments

in Desserts

Hello, Hello and a very Happy Tuesday!!

Tuesday, Wednesday… its the same when the blog is down.

I just got up from a long nap because the blog was down intermittently for the last 4 days. That’s what you do — eat ice cream and take a long nap to avoid sulking over blog downtime.

But it’s up and running now, and that matters. And let me clear the air — I did not nap for 4 days, straight.

While the blog was down, I took it as an opportunity to make ice cream. Not only it tastes delicious, but I think we can never buy ice cream again.

Wait.

Never sounds too harsh, no? I can NEVER part with B & J’s coconut ice cream. It’s dreamy.

After sampling boat-load of homemade ice cream, off I went to begin the food styling process with a recuperating brain freeze.While doing all that, I realized how it became a tedious, time consuming, back breaking and tempting task.

Temptations are huge here whenever there’s ice cream involved. It only takes a scoop to bribe me. I had to reach deep within myself to muster enough determination to stop salivating and not reach over to lick the ice cream scoop.

Yup, I reached a new low.

It’s difficult to maintain creativity & speed while praying that the ice cream doesn’t melt faster than the shutter speed on my camera. Here are some of my tips on how I gained some extra time while speed-shooting ice cream.

  • Chill everything ahead, including scoops, spoons, bowls, produce etc. I even chilled the cupcake liners!
  • If you have a marble board, this is the time to use it. Marble keeps everything cool, so use it as your styling station.
  • Design, plan and draw your styling ideas ahead of time.
  • Do not shoot in hot weather or direct sunlight. Cool down the temperature before scooping.

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Adapted from Cuisinart recipe booklet

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar/sugar
  • 1.5 cup whole milk
  • 1.5 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar/sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Freeze freezer bowl as per manufacturer instruction.
  2. In a small bowl, combine strawberries with orange juice, zest, balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp agave nectar/sugar.
  3. Stir gently and allow strawberries to macerate in the juices for at least 2 hours, refrigerated.
  4. Strain the berries, reserving juices. Mash or puree half the berries.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine agave nectar/sugar with whole milk until sugar is dissolved.
  6. Stir in heavy cream, reserved strawberry juice, mashed strawberries and vanilla.
  7. Place freezer bowl into ice cream machine, turn it on. Pour the mixture into ice cream machine and let mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  8. Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the reserved slices strawberries and let mix in completely.
  9. Ice cream will have soft, creamy texture. Transfer the ice cream into an airtight container and place in freezer for at least 4 hours or more.
  10. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

 

Until coming Friday, here’s hoping the blog would still be up and running. If not, send me some love will ya? Or ice cream? ;)

So, tell me. What are your temptations? What makes you salivate & drool?

 

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1 Em (Wine and Butter) March 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Kiran! Well worth the time and effort styling – your photos are beautiful! And this ice cream sounds heavenly – Im makign it as soona s summer hits!!

And I have very little self control around ice cream as well!
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2 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Em — thanks a lot sweetie. I hope you’ll enjoy making and eating it during summer :)

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3 Sophie March 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Waw! What a truly wonderful & stunning eggles ice-cream! :)
I love all of your tasty flavours in here beautifully combined of course! ;)
I agree, we can never buy ice -cream again!
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4 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Sophie — thanks dear :)

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5 Rosa March 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Good to know that you blog is back….

A wonderful ice cream! Perfect with the strawberries. I love the addition of balsamic vinegar.

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Rosa — thanks sweetie :)

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7 Cher March 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I love this egg free version – especially with the agave nectar. As soon as I clear some room in my freezer for my ice cream cannister, I am going to have to try this.
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8 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Cher — thanks a lot. I love baking and cooking with agave :)

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9 Margarita March 7, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I love homemade ice cream… I want homemade ice cream… strawberry ice cream is my favorite! Why oh why do I not have an ice cream maker? These pictures are beyond lovely! I love that this is egg free because I always freak out about salmonella. P.S. My temptations are anything sweet and homemade (must be homemade!)… and I’m not gonna lie, Cheetos, *hanging head in shame*.
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10 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Margarita — Hahaha! Don’t hang your head in shame. I have similar temptations and it’s difficult to resist :)

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11 happyzhangbo-lovingfood March 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Looks delicious, the ice cream is beautifully creamy. Will have to give it a try :)
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12 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Happy — thank you so much :)

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13 Andi at The Particular Traveler March 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Yay, the blog’s back up! :-)

Strawberries and balsamic go so well together, and the ice cream sounds just delicious. Very cute photos, too!
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14 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Andi — thanks sweetie :)

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15 angela March 7, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Beautiful! I can almost taste it all the way over here!

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16 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Angela — I miss you my friend :)

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17 angela March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Aww, I miss you too! Not much is really new here. Just been studying and had to take a loooooong time off running for a strained quad. So I’ve been hiding and moping I guess. ;)

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18 the wicked noodle March 7, 2012 at 4:45 PM

YAY!! You’re back up!!
I know this was a pain to shoot but wow! The photos are gorgeous and you pulled it off and made it look so easy!
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19 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Kristy — thanks dear, your comment always put a smile on my face :)

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20 Asmita March 7, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Wow, these photographs are gorgeous! The ice- cream looks incredible too. Love the addition of balsamic to it.
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21 Kiran March 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Asmita — thanks so much sweetie :)

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22 Juliana March 7, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Wow Kiran, this ice cream looks delicious with strawberry and balsamic vinegar…love the pictures as well.
Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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23 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Juliana — thanks dear, hope you are having a great weekend :)

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24 balvinder ( Neetu) March 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

The ice cream looks really delicious. I have the Cuisinart book but never opened it.
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25 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Balvinder — Thanks and you’ve got to browse through the book for inspirations :)

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26 Nava Krishnan March 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Your blog was down for 4 days??/ Goodness Kiran, at you were cool about it bc I was going mad when my blog for down for 8 hours. I will support all the way for home made ice-cream esp this loveable one you have shared. Looks so good but just that I am wondering whether can I replace the strawberries with some of our local fruits. Strawberries are pretty expensive here and though I enjoy cooking, I also look at ways of keeping the cost low and our local fruits are just great for this.

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27 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Nava — Patience is virtue my friend :) Of course you can substitute the strawberries for any local fruits like lychee, mangoes, bananas, durians, coconut, mangosteen etc. Use your imagination :)

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28 Maureen March 7, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Glad to hear that your internet woes are over. This ice cream looks fantastic. I make all our own ice cream too. Once you make your own, ordinary store bought tastes less than spectacular. I like knowing what’s in our food. :)
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29 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Maureen — Ditto! I love knowing what’s in our food as well :)

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30 Cass @foodmyfriend March 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I was wondering where you got to! This recipe is great. I have been making lots of sorbet but using egg whites to keep it nice and soft. These little patty pans are so sweet :) I love balsamic and strawberries.

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31 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Cass — I’ve never thought about eggs whites in sorbet. Gotta try some soon :)

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32 Baker Street March 8, 2012 at 1:39 AM

I’m counting the days till my ice cream maker gets delivered. I must try this before strawberries go out of season for us. It looks super delicious.
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33 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Anu — Thanks dear, and hope your ice cream maker has arrived ;)

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34 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 8, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Even though it is getting cold here, this looks so welcoming! :D
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35 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Lorraine — Wow, what a difference due to hemisphere locations. It’s almost spring time here :)

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36 Sanjeeta kk March 8, 2012 at 5:57 AM

Love the vibrant colored cup cake liners as the base for the ice- cream..the pictures look stunning, Kiran! And the ice cream..am still salivating..
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37 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Sanjeeta — thanks sweetie :)

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38 Seema March 8, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Wow yummy..wish you and your family a very happy and colorful Holi.

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39 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Seema — thanks dear. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Holi :)

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40 Vanessa Kimbell March 8, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Just loving your site. I’ve spent far too long looking about in stead of doing my work ! :-)

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41 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Vanessa — Welcome to Recipebox and so glad you love it here :)

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42 Suzi March 8, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Kiran I love your styling and photography, this is just beauiful. The ice cream of course sounds fantastic and I love that there are no eggs in there. Delicious.
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43 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Suzi — thanks dear! Can’t wait to meet at FBF. Cannot believe we are living in Central Florida and have never met :)

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44 Reem | Simply Reem March 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

And you did a great job!!!
Both with ice cream and styling….
Beautiful!!!!

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45 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Reem — thank you for making me smile :)

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46 katie March 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

This looks and sounds amazing. I love making eggless ice creams–much less time consuming. I must give this version a try asap. P.s. love your photos and love that you used cupcake wrappers… so creative!
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47 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Katie — thanks a lot dear. I agree, the other version of making a custard before churning can be tedious :)

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48 Charles March 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This sounds – and looks – absolutely incredible. You can’t beat a good home-made strawberry ice-cream. I wonder what it’s like with the extra balsamic flavour. I’m making a note of this – I want to give it a try when it’s a bit hotter here! :)

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49 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Charles — you’ve got to try strawberries macerated in balsamic. It’s flavor explosion :)

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50 Ina gawne March 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Kiran – what a lovely looking, and delicious sounding ice cream! I bet it would be delicious with whole coconut milk too – yum!
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51 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Ina — thanks love. Whole coconut milk was on my mind, but I had heavy cream and didn’t want to make a run out to the grocery store just for coconut. It’s a whole lotta drive ;)

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52 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb March 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Your blog was down? O.O I didnt realise…

I admire your coolness. for once because your page was down and u still managed to focus on cooking and for two because your ice cream recipe looks tempting COOL! ;)
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53 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Helene — yes, it was. But its all sorted out now, and only that matters :) Cooking definitely took my mind off this problems!

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54 Kim Bee March 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

This looks wicked good. I have such a weakness for ice cream. Your photos are spectacular. My downfall while shooting mine is eating it while I work.
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55 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Kim Bee — thanks dear, I think we all share similar downfalls ;)

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56 chinmayie @ love food eat March 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

How beautiful! It’s been so hot in bangalore that I am constantly craving something cold. This ice-cream would be just perfect for me right now.
Beautiful photos Kiran! Love the styling…
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57 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Chinmayie — thanks dear. I hope to visit Bangalore end of this year. We’ve got to meet up :)

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58 Simply Life March 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

wow! i cannot believe that you made ice cream! actually, i can :) looks fabulous!
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59 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Gina — haha! thanks dear :)

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60 wok with ray March 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

What a beautiful treat. I love how the strawberry was perfectly styled that was evenly fanned out. Amazing, Kiran.
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61 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Ray — thanks so much!

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62 Julie M. March 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Beautiful photos as always Kiran! Glad to hear the blog is back up and running; that drives me batty when I can’t get on. There’s always a bowl of delicious ice cream to calm the nerves, right? Yours certainly fits the bill. :)
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63 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Julie — thanks a lot dear. Yup, the ice cream was a pick-me-up during blog downtime, for sure :)

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64 Hannah March 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

And here I thought I had gotten enough ice cream to last me decades after writing my cookbook… I think I could find the appetite to try this one. ;) Love the bright, acidic notes that balsamic can bring to a dessert, and effectively balance out the sugar. Coconut milk would be a great substitute for the dairy to make it vegan.
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65 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Hannah — I never knew you wrote a cookbook. Bravo!

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66 Viya S March 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Looks so delicious:) will surely try to make it .
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67 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Viya — thanks! Let me know how it tastes :)

ps: Just to inform you, I am unable to post a comment on your blog. The url + name field has to be activated.

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68 Viya S March 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Thanks for letting me know,need to look into this :)thxs
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69 honeywhatscooking March 9, 2012 at 12:27 AM

this looks soooooooo good. your pictures are gorgeous… and I recognize that copper ‘balti’, i have the same thing. it’s so great for serving Indian food. what makes me salivate? hmmm… molten lava cake, anything with cream cheese frosting, and mexican food! ;-)
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70 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Honey — thanks dear. Glad we share similar balti ;)

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71 Deeps @ Naughty Curry March 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

oh i LOVE the way u have styled them in those muffin cups, the antique bucket of strawberries looks so etheral. nice flavours going on there with the nalsamic vinegar. unfortunately i dont own an icecream maker will try this the old fashioned way
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72 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Deeps — thanks a lot dear. I hope you get to try this recipe :)

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73 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 9, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Glad your blog is back – I noticed it was down, which reminded me that my blog was down and acting crazy for 2 weeks! That was horrible and almost changed my server (Not too happy about Y! regarding this…). On the other hand, I wish I had this ice cream to make me calm down when it happened to me. You are smart eating this and taking a nap. Must be perfect combo. :-) I love strawberry ice cream (my #1 fav) but never tried with balsamic, sounds interesting!
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74 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Nami — thanks dear. It’s a pain when blog goes on a downtime, but you have to be creative with the time, a tub of ice cream & a spoon ;)

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75 Khushboo March 9, 2012 at 5:46 AM

Those tips obviously paid off- beautiful pics! Ice cream is my kryptonite- I can’t stop grabbing spoonfuls if it’s around me- because you know, unlike a full bowl of ice cream, spoonfuls don’t count ;)! Frozen yogurt is also my weakness- I definitely have a separate stomach for it!
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76 Kiran March 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Khushboo — thanks dear. I can’t live without ice cream. Like, for reals :D

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77 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 9, 2012 at 7:12 AM

So creamy and smooth even without eggs! Well done!
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78 Kiran March 11, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Angie — thanks dear :)

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79 Ira Rodrigues March 9, 2012 at 7:50 AM

when i got moody i definitely want a bucket of ice cream LOL.
But Kiran, I always tempted to shoot melted ice cream with a mess everywhere hihi…thank you for sharing the tips with us!
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80 Kiran March 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Ira — I love the idea of messy and melted ice cream styling :)

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81 Rebecca March 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

looks so good and nice flavor
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82 Kiran March 11, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Rebecca — thanks dear and it was so nice to hear you & Prerna the other day :)

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83 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious March 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM

I need to try this recipe. Looks very creamy and decadent! :)

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84 Kiran March 11, 2012 at 1:36 AM

Yudith — thanks sweetie :)

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85 Richa@HobbyandMore March 11, 2012 at 3:26 AM

love those blue muffin cups.. strawberry and balsamic amazingly go so well together!
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86 Magic of Spice March 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Sorry about your blog issues, but glad it seems to be OK now :) Your ice cream and styling are just beautiful…wonderful tips as well :)
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87 Sarah March 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Your pictures are amazing! The ice cream sounds fabulous too. Will have to try! :D
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88 Kristi Rimkus March 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I’m sorry you had to deal with the blog being down. I’ve been through that myself. Once, in the beginning, the web site hosting the blog got a virus and passed it along to me. Not fun, but it’s good you filled your time with this amazing ice cream!
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89 Jennifer (Delicieux) March 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Sorry to hear your blog was down Kiran, thankfully it’s back up now. :) Your strawberry ice cream looks fabulous, and I love how you’ve placed it in those cupcake liners, so cute! And thanks for the tip about using the marble board. I will have to try this next time I am taking photos of ice cream. As delicious as ice cream is to make it’s so difficult to photograph before it melts.
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90 beti March 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I really love the combination! I am now excited to try new ice cream recipes, thanks for sharing
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91 CindyAngus March 15, 2012 at 5:52 AM

I love strawberries so much. I remember when I was kid my mom would not give them to us – she was saying that strawberries are somehow dangerous to us because of all the worms and in consequence of the pesticide used on them. I needed to hide with my strawberries like I was doing cocaine:P
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92 vianney March 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Sorry about your downtime… but WOW this ice cream looks divine!! love the styling!!
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93 Lakshmi March 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

A fantastic recipe! Thank you for sharing. When the berry season comes, I will try it.

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94 Lindsay {life and kitchen} March 21, 2012 at 8:31 PM

That looks absolutely delicious!
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