July is National Ice Cream Month. Let’s all celebrate with a bowl of this Lemon Oreo Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream. Swirls of cookie chunks and strawberry preserves give this ice cream such a pretty color and taste.
This summer has been different than most.
It hasn’t been hot and steamy like most midwest summers. Oh, believe me, I’m not complaining. But 70 degree days and sleeping with our windows open at night is just plain strange for July. Two nights in a row now it has been cool enough that we have turned off the air and opened the windows. Gotta love that! Our electric bill is going to be nice to us this month.
Of course just because it is cooler this summer doesn’t mean we haven’t been downing the ice cream. Summer does equal ice cream all the time after all. Our freezer has been staying stocked with cookies and cream, vanilla, coffee, and my daughter’s favorite homemade Oreo Fudge Cappuccino Ice Cream. Fudge, coffee, and cookies all swirled together…yeah, she’s definitely my kid 🙂
Even though ice cream is so easy to buy, I like creating fun flavors in my kitchen every once in a while.
Did you know you can make ice cream without an ice cream machine? It’s actually quite easy. Whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk is all you need for the base. That’s right. Two ingredients and you can have a creamy homemade ice cream.
Of course mine never stays just 2 ingredients because I like to have fun with things I find in my cupboard. Yes, my cupboards look like a mini mart.
I was excited when OXO asked me to use a few of their products to make ice cream for the #IceCreamForOXO campaign. The little mini measuring beakers are my absolute favorite. They are soooo cute!
And the angled measuring cup is awesome. No more trying to guess from the side if you have enough liquid. This measuring cup lets you read your measurements from the top. It’s a new favorite too.
So I did what anyone would do and pulled a few things out to jazz up some homemade ice cream. I mean we have to celebrate these fun food holidays. And since July is dedicated to being ice cream month that means a whole month of ice cream celebrating. That sounds like some fun.
Just don’t tell my pants that we are going to celebrate all month. I have a feeling they won’t like me much after this.
So, let’s make some ice cream.
Start by putting your metal mixing bowl and whisk beater in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you start. This will get the bowl nice and cold so the heavy cream will whip up faster. Set that aside.
I have started adding a package of cream cheese to my sweetened condensed milk. It gives the ice cream a little bit more of a creamier texture. So whip together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until creamy. Then stir in the lemon juice. Adding the lemon juice will give the ice cream a slightly icier texture. Just let the ice cream sit out for a few minutes to soften up before you start scooping.
Now fold the fluffy whipped cream into the creamed mixture. At this point you can freeze the mixture and have a delicious ice cream. But…let’s add some more fun. Chunks of lemon Oreo cookies and swirls of strawberry preserves kind of fun. Stir the cookies into the ice cream gently. It’s ok if the cream filling comes out of the cookies as you stir. This just adds more color to the swirls when you scoop it out.
Spoon about a third of the mixture into a bowl. Swirl a few small spoonfuls of preserves into it. A little goes a long way so do not over due it on the spoonfuls. Repeat this two more times ending with fun red swirls on top. Be careful as you do each swirl. Do not let your knife go down all the way to the layer under it. Too much swirling and it will become strawberry ice cream. Swirl gently so it stays lemon ice cream with strawberry swirls. Got it?
Now for the hardest part of the entire recipe. Put the bowl in the freezer and walk away for hours. I know. That’s a hard thing to do when you want ice cream right now. I suggest making this right before going to bed. That way visions of strawberry lemon swirls will float through your head as you sleep. Plus, waking up to ready to go ice cream is so sweet. Literally.
What are you waiting for? Let’s celebrate the rest of the month with ice cream every day. I’m game if you are 🙂
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*I was sent OXO kitchen products to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.