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Why spend ridiculous money on sugar free ice cream from the shops when you can make your own homemade ice cream. Not only is this a lot cheaper to make but the flavours are truly amazing and beat the store bought version hands down. Your only issue is going to be portion control....as it's truly sensational.
Xylitol and Freezing
You'll notice wherever I can, I use xylitol if I'm freezing food such as an ice cream recipe like this. Xylitol doesn't crystallize like other sweeteners do, which means your ice cream won't ice up. Feel free to use sweeteners that you have on hand in this recipe. If you are churning your ice cream and eating it straight away it won't be an issue. Make sure your ice cream is covered and well sealed in the freezer as well to help prevent it icing up.
Making Your Strawberry Swirl
I have used all of the sweeteners in the strawberry swirl recipe and it doesn't make a huge difference to the end result. It might ice up a little more if you haven't used xylitol but as it sits at room temperature prior to serving, this won't be an issue. Use your strawberry compote in other recipes as well.
Guar gum powder helps to increase the viscosity of ice cream. As the viscosity increases in ice cream, the smoothness of texture and resistance to melting increases. If you don't have guar gum you can omit it and add the same amount of xanthan gum. Make sure you sprinkle the guar gum(xanthan gum) to the wet ingredients when it isn't too thick.
Beat your cream cheese until smooth and creamy then whip the cream in slightly till smooth before sprinkling the guar gum on top. Make sure you use a small sieve and sprinkle evenly over the top surface to prevent clumping. Use electric beaters to whip until combined. Don't over beat or thicken too much before pouring into your ice cream container.
Allow Ice cream to sit at Room Temperature before Serving
Strawberry swirl cheesecake ice cream doesn't have the additives that regular ice cream has, so allow it to soften before serving. Leave it out on the bench for about 15 minutes before scooping.
Prep Time:12 hours 30 minutes
Freezing Time:4 hours
- 300 grams hulled strawberries fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons monk fruit ,xylitol, stevia or erythritol
- ¼ cup water
- 250 grams cream cheese full fat at room temperature
- ⅓ cup xylitol or alternative sweetener powdered to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- 500 ml pure/heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon guar gum optional
Make Strawberry Compote Swirl
Roughly chop the strawberries and add to a small saucepan. Add the water and sweetener and bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer. Allow strawberries to reduce on a low temperature for about 30 minutes or till soft. Remove from heat and mash. Allow to cool.
Make Vanilla Ice Cream
Beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the sweetener, vanilla extract, lemon juice and cream, beating the mixture on medium to high speed until combined and smooth. Take care not to over mix but allow mixture to thicken slightly. You should also adjust your sweetener to suit taste if desired.
Sift the guar gum on top of the ice cream mixture and quickly beat in with electric beaters until well combined, again taking care not to over whip.
Place half of the ice cream mixture into a freezer proof pan. Create swirls in the mixture with the back of a spoon and dollop half of the strawberry compote into the swirls. Spoon the remaining ice cream on top and again create swirls on top with the back of a spoon. Spoon the remaining strawberry compote into the swirls and smooth off the top.
Cover the pan with cling wrap and foil/or lid and freeze until firm. This can take up to 3-4 hours or overnight. Ice cream can also be made in an ice cream churn according to instructions- usually about 10-15 minutes.
When ready to serve, if ice cream is too firm leave to sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes prior to scooping.
Guar gum can be omitted as well if desired although it does add a creaminess to the ice cream.