Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Floats

It is strange to think that Spring has begun but it is already the end of strawberry season for us. From now on, juicy strawberries will most likely be arriving from California and we will have to wait another nine months to go strawberry picking again.

I think I told you about the family of kid farmers that has a stand at our farmer’s market, the Veggie Kids. I managed to get a dozen of fresh farm eggs this weekend and I decided we could make some strawberry and vanilla bean ice cream to end the strawberry season.

A couple of nights ago, Jill and I were talking about our favorite comfort foods, diner foods and childhood favorites. She was telling me about how much she loves root beer floats and what a treat they are for her. I have to be honest, I always thought that root beer tasted like medicine but that might be because I didn’t grow up drinking it. I never even knew what it was until I came here for the first time.

Unlike me, Jill is not much of an ice cream fanatic, but I thought she would enjoy some ice cream floats with fresh berries, strawberry vanilla bean ice cream and citrus flavored sparkling water. And she did.

Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

500 grams whole milk
140 grams heavy cream
40 grams glucose
150 grams sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
120 grams egg yolk
175 grams strawberries, hulled and diced
40 grams sugar

Place the whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla bean, glucose and half of the first amount of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. In the meantime, whisk together the egg yolk and the other half of sugar in a medium bowl. Temper the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking. Return this to the pan and cook to 84C or 183F. Strain the ice cream base through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and chill over an ice bath. When cool, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

In the meantime, cook the hulled and diced strawberries with the 40 grams of sugar in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.

Churn the vanilla ice cream base in the ice cream machine. When finished, add the cooked strawberries, mix and transfer to a container and freeze.

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66 Responses to “Strawberry and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Floats”

  1. Wonderful! A delicious dessert! I love that egg shot!



  2. Pattie says:

    that doesn’t sound like much fun at all :( but this looks great!!!

  3. Kristen says:

    I love strawberry season, still waiting for the snow to melt here.

    Love your blog, creative recipes and amazing pictures! Love it!

  4. tureceta says:

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  5. Daniella says:

    your blog is so pretty! i loooove all your photography! i’ve been collecting some pics for a post on my blog soon if that’s ok with you!

  6. Mercè says:

    Aran, great pictures and great recipe!! Although I’m not very fan of ice cream, I admit I wouldn’t say no to your delicious-looking ice cream! ;)
    Btw, I found the rennet today! And I did some “recuit” and it was delicious!! Thanks a lot for your help!! :)

  7. Su says:


  8. Azúcar says:

    If it makes you feel less alone, my Spanish mother says the same thing about rootbeer, “It’s like cough syrup!” and insists rootbeer is an acquired taste.

  9. FeeMail says:

    I was to the US with school in 1997 and we went to school there for about three days. And really everyone there was drinking root beer. we couldn’t believe it ;-)! I think medicine is a striking association. even the thought makes me shiver…

  10. Bea says:

    So delicious! Great pictures :)

  11. Tartelette says:

    Glad you chose the sparkling water versus the root beer (still can’t get that one)!
    Looks very refreshing!
    Our strawberry season has started and they are wonderful. Hopefully grocers in Florida will source more local productions than California to supply you with!

  12. Also here in Italy the strawberry season has just started (I have some wild ones in flower on my balcony).

    Your recipe and photos made me drool so heavily I now need to think to something I can do with these fruits (I don’t own an ice cream machine, the diet doctor forbid me to buy one ;D).

  13. veron says:

    time to break out the ice cream maker…this sounds delicious!

  14. VeggieGirl says:

    Sooo much snow here – no fresh strawberries :-(

    Lovely dessert, as always!!

  15. I love strawberries and I love icecream. Beauitful pictures.

  16. Marta says:

    Preciosas fotoas Aran! Nada como fresas escogidas por uno mismo en la plenitud de la temporada. Nosotros dependemos solamente de las fresas de California y nunca son buenas! Saben como a madera, horrible!!!

  17. Hayley says:

    Those floats are so pretty! I can’t wait for the warm weather to set in, so I can start enjoying treats like those. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Ayşe says:

    our spring blossoms haven’t even arrived!! oh I hate living in the north!! :)

  19. Yes, so your pictures may make me crave a little something sweet… but, more importantly, they inspire me to make everything as poignant and as beautiful as possible.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  20. Irene says:

    We will be happy to send you strawberries from California for lovely things like this!

  21. tureceta says:

    Hi there, i love this blog, i have one of recipes too, TURECETA.WORDPRESS.COM i hope you can addme to blogroll or change links. Cya

  22. idu says:

    Kriston itxura du izozki honek, eta erraza egiteko,, hemen gero eta zailago zaigu zaporedun marrubiak lortzea ( urrunetik usaina ez dariotenei, ezin zaie marrubiak deitu!)
    pilla bat gustatu zaizkit argazkiak

  23. lori says:

    Lovely…I just made your pots de creme last night and it was a success! I’ll now attempt to make this one.

    Where did you get the lovely pink spoons??

  24. Helene says:

    I never get tired of coming here and looking at these beautiful pictures.

  25. Jennifer says:

    Gorgeous beyond words!!! Sounds so fresh and delightful!

  26. laura says:

    Such a beautiful post, as usual. The strawberries are still going strong here in California. It’s such a treat having access to them after growing up in oh-so-hot Texas.

  27. Jen Yu says:

    Mmm, how adorable and delicious at the same time! I am pretty convinced that with your talents, you could make anyone love anything you make – even if they aren’t fans of it ;)

  28. natalia says:

    Ciao Aran How beautiful your photos are !!

  29. Cakespy says:

    How sweet, it’s like an ice cream float dressed in its Easter Sunday best. They’re so lovely!

  30. Angry Brit says:

    I didn’t discover root beer until I moved to the States and I always thought it tasted like mouthwash. But that’s just me. This looks beautiful, although I always preferred berries in sorbet rather than ice cream.

  31. cindy* says:

    i loooove rootbeer, but i think it’s one of those things that you like or hate. but, i do love ice cream floats in any form and these are lovely as ever aran!

  32. Wow, that sounds wonderfully refreshing! We’re not even close to strawberry season yet, but I can’t wait!

  33. Yes, the strawberries are here in LA–lucky us, we have them at every meal, and I will add your floats to the roster. My daughter will love them!

  34. Y says:

    I loved root beer floats too, as a kid. But would be equally happy to float away with one of your beautiful strawberry creations.

  35. Aran says:

    Idu- nire aitite eta amamak malluki landa batzuk zeuzkaten baserrien eta ha bai usaine!!

    Lori- they are from Italy!!

    Thanks everyone!

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  37. Aran says:

    Anonymous- please note that this is not the right forum for your discussion. nothing against what you are saying, i actually agree with certain points, but i am afraid i am going to have to delete it.

    And what drives me crazy is that you cannot even sign your name.

  38. OMG..YOU have the most amazing food pics..just found your blog…NICE : ))))

    Jen Ramos
    ‘Cards & Prints You’ll Love…’

  39. What a beautiful way to bid adieu…pretty!! I’m not a root beer fan either, & am glad Jill enjoyed this wonderful float! Refreshing!!

  40. Jennifer says:

    I just bought 3 packages of strawberries and this is a perfect idea. If you get a chance, come vote in the PEEP contest at my blog.

  41. tureceta says:

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  42. Oh, perfect! We are just now starting to get strawberries in here. Yesterday I tasted the best strawberry I’ve ever had in my whole life from a young grower in Watsonville. SIGH. I will profit from all your strawberry recipes!

  43. my goodness…where’s the followers button here???

  44. jodye says:

    The ice cream looks absolutely wonderful!

  45. Dionne says:

    These look like pure divinity!

  46. Christy says:

    Can’t believe strawberry season is already over for you guys!! But i suppose the heat in palm beach in summer wouldn’t be conducive for strawberry growing. Hey you guys are almost like us in Australia! We’re nearing the end of strawberry season as well! I love the use of citrus sparkling water for that little bit of spike to cut off the sweetness of the ice cream! Fabulous!!

  47. amberlee says:

    mmm. I can’t wait to try. I suddenly find all your recipes emerging at the top of my dessert file. I tried one last week and will try another at Easter. thanks for such reliable brilliance!

  48. fhen says:

    oh how i love straberries nad the recipe seems very nyummy!

  49. i love this idea aran! sounds so delicious and refreshing! happy easter my sweet!

  50. Dédalus says:

    Tus presentaciones siguen siendo increíbles, Aran. ¡Me voy ahora mismo a picar algo!

    Besarkada bat!

  51. Juliana says:

    The floats look so delicious…and the pictures are just great!

  52. Inés says:

    Aran, que suerte. Llevo consumidos kilos de fresa en macedonia y batidos. No se me ocurre nada más. Eta Iduk dionez ez dute zaporerik oraingoz ezta ezer. Strawberry no more…no more, no moreeeee!!!!

  53. Rebecca says:

    This looks delicious, and your photos are gorgeous–I was going to try strawberry jam, but some ice cream wouldn’t hurt, either!

  54. trop mignon. and the lighting and feather on the egg shot is beautiful. brilliant!

  55. Beautiful dessert. I think I’ll make it tomorrow, how can I resist? Yum!

  56. rickdog says:

    Find more Ice Cream Float in my recipe blog search:

  57. these look so nice ! Such a nice treat :)

  58. lyndsay says:

    oh my goodness. sooooo lovely looking!!

  59. r.chan weeve says:

    marinating the strawberries in a bit of vodka helps the berries from getting icy when they’re churned

  60. Aran says:

    R.Chan Weeve- thanks for the tip. The strawberries were actually cooked in sugar which eliminates some of the icy texture when frozen. thanks.

  61. oh my – your photos are stunning!!!!

  62. Once me and my colleague had a chance to have Swiss premium ice creams, two scoops of Movenpick ice creams of our choice. They were simply soothing. This is something one can’t afford to miss. You scream, I scream for Ice Cream!!

  63. Hi Aran,

    Last night I made your marzipan ice-cream which we have been eating since. It’s insanely good.

    I wanted to try a couple more of your ice-cream recipes, this one looks great as the berry fruits are still in season.

    I have a question: what is the reason for using glucose, and is it all the same if you use more sugar instead. I noticed in the marzipan ice-cream you didn’t use glucose and I would love to know what the difference between using it or not is.

    Once again, thanks for your recipes. They all work without fail!

    • Aran says:

      Sorry for delay in response! Glucose makes the ice cream smoother and not crystalize as easily giving it a smoother mouthfeel. Personally, I don’t use glucose in recipes anymore… But glad you liked it!!

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