This recipe is rich and velvety, with fantastic strawberry flavor—the perfect treat for the summer’s heat, but with just a fraction of the fat and fewer calories than the original recipe. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/4 cup apple jelly
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed and sliced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
- In a large saucepan, heat half-and-half and milk to 175°; stir in sugar until dissolved. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches at least 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in the sour cream, jelly and vanilla. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Press waxed paper onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, strawberries, lemon juice and peel until blended. Gradually beat in the custard mixture.
- Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. When ice cream is frozen, transfer to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. Yield: 3 quarts.
Originally published as Makeover Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream in Healthy Cooking June/July 2011, p25