Strawberry Crème Fraîche Soft Serve

April 1, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

While I do love custard based ice creams, this one solved two problems: I wanted to make and eat some ice cream right away, and I needed to use up a batch of homemade crème fraîche before it went "south". All you do here is blend the ice cream ingredients, then freeze in an ice cream maker- no tempering the yolks, waiting for the custard to cool, etc. This is best right out of the ice cream maker when it has a soft and fabulous texture; it will harden up considerably after being in the freezer overnight. If you'd like to make your own creme fraiche, you can find the recipe I used on my blog:


Food52 Review: WHO: WinnieAb is a food writer and photographer from New Paltz, NY.

WHAT: A delicate, not-too-sweet ice cream that's (almost) instant gratification.

HOW: Blend your base, pour it into the ice cream maker, and eat it as soon as it emerges.

WHY WE LOVE IT: We love that this ice cream is made with just four ingredients that we're likely to have on hand this time of year. The texture of this is best right out of the ice cream maker -- so get ready to eat it immediately!
The Editors

Serves: 4 to 6


  • 2 cups sliced organic strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups crème fraîche (I used homemade)
  • 1 cup milk, half and half or heavy cream (I used milk)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
In This Recipe


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Freeze in your ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • This recipe is a Wildcard Contest Winner!
  • This recipe is a Community Pick!

More Great Recipes:
Ice Cream/Frozen Desserts|Fruit|Strawberry|Spring|Summer|Dessert

Reviews (5) Questions (1)

5 Reviews

Douglas B. June 18, 2014
I made with yogurt in replacement of creme fraishe and came out incredible
beejay45 June 28, 2013
No strawberries, but I have peaches! This is really excellent. I love soft serve. Thank you for this simple prep.
Joe C. June 25, 2013
Can you make this without an ice cream maker?
Jay N. June 24, 2013
2 cups frozen sliced strawberries, 1.5 cups of Greek yogurt, 1cup of almond milk and sweetener of choice whirred in a blender may need to stand in @ my kitchen ;)
vvvanessa June 24, 2013
Such a smart recipe. I really need an ice cream maker.