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Ice cream bar with fresh strawberries and leaves.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

Author: Sarah Brooks
These no churn strawberry shortcake ice cream bars have a tangy strawberry center wrapped in creamy vanilla ice cream and crunchy shortcake coating. Guaranteed to put you in good humor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Plus freezing time 7 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 to 10 ice cream bars (approx. 100mls/ 3.4 oz ea.)
Calories 425 kcal

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or electric hand mixers
  • Popsicle molds with sticks

Ingredients

For the ice cream layers

  • 1 punet (250gms) fresh ripe strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 x 14 oz (397 gms) tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (500mls) thickened cream
  • 18ish (25gms) freeze dried strawberries

For the coating

  • 2 & ⅓ cups (350gms) white chocolate melts
  • ¾ cup (125gms) refined coconut oil
  • 14ish (20gms) freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 & ½ cups (50gms) Rice krispy cereal/ rice bubbles

Instructions
 

To make the ice cream bars

  • Pre-heat your oven to 320°F (160°C/140°C fan-forced). Hull the fresh strawberries and half or quarter. Mix in bowl with 1 teaspoon of sugar and spread out out a baking tray. Bake for 40 minutes or untill the fruit is starting to roast and dry out.
  • Allow the strawberries to cool then blitz in a food processor. The strawberries will be reasonably dry so you may need to stop the machine and carefully poke them down a few times to blend them.
  • Roughly divide the tin of sweetened condensed milk into two bowls. Wash and thoroughly dry the food processor. Measure the freeze-dried strawberries for the ice cream and process in food processor until a fine powder forms. Add the roasted blitzed strawberries and freeze-dried strawberry powder to one half of the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Whip the cream until firm peak form with electric hand beaters or in a stand mixer. Add half the cream to the strawberry mix and carefully fold through. The mix will be quite thick.
  • Add the vanilla and the rest of the cream to the other half of the sweetened condensed milk and fold in well, taking care not to knock the air out of the cream.
  • Spoon the vanilla mix into the molds until about half full. Put the strawberry mix into a piping bag with a large nozzle attached. Insert the piping bag into the vanilla mix in the molds. You want the nozzle near the bottom of the molds, then gently pipe in, pulling the nozzle up so it fills the center of the molds with the strawberry mix. Leave a small gap at the top, top up with vanilla mix.
  • Put the lids on the popsicle molds and insert the sticks. Freeze for at least six hours or until very firm.
  • Have an airtight container ready to put the unmolded bars into and some baking paper to keep them separated. Run the bottom half of the molds very briefly under cool water. Insert a butter knife gently down each side of the ice cream bars, then gently pull them out by the sticks. Return the ice cream bars to the freezer for about an hour to firm up.

To coat the ice cream bars

  • Add the white chocolate melts to a microwave proof bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts until melted through. Add the refined coconut oil and mix well. You may need to heat the mix for another burst or two to get the coconut oil fully melted and mixed in.
  • Blitz freeze dried strawberries for the coating in a clean, dry food processor. Add the rice crispy cereal and blitz briefly.
  • Prepare you dipping station with the chocolate coconut mix on one plate, strawberry rice crispy mix on another plate and a container to return the bars to the freezer.
  • Working quickly dip one short side and large flat side of the bar into the chocolate mix. Shake the drips off then immediately put in the strawberry coating and press down. Gently brush off excess coating.
  • Dip the other sides into the chocolate, shake off the excess and into the coating mix, pressing the coating on any exposed edges. Gently shake off any excess coating and put into the storage container.
  • Repeat with the remaining ice cream bars. Return to the freezer for one hour to firm up and you're done!

Notes

  • For an extra crispy crunchy (but less traditional) coating, use rice crispy cereal.
For more traditional coating you can use shortbread cookies or even dried out toasted vanilla or pound cake.  
  • To make regular scoopable ice cream simply swirl the strawberry and vanilla ice cream together into a loaf tin then freeze until firm.  Mix the strawberry coating without the melted chocolate.  Allow to set, chop and sprinkle on top of the ice cream and you're done! 
Storage:
In the unlikely event you have any left these ice cream bars will store well in an airtight container for up to three days for maximum crispy crunchy coating. If storing stacked together put a piece of parchment paper between them to stop them from sticking together. They will still be good to eat for up to two months after this, but the coating will start to go soft and be less crunchy.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1896IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 7mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.

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