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Stan’s Pistachio Donut with My Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Pistachio donut and strawberry ice cream sandwich

All through school my “fun fact” when it came to first day ice breakers was that my first job was as an ice cream maker.  Now this was no cute ice cream scooper job,  I was full hair net and apron in the back kitchen carrying around 5 pound bags of creamer! I make fun of it, but honestly I think that job is really what sparked my love of cooking and experimenting with recipes!

The recipe below will hopefully steer you away from the thought that ice cream is difficult to make at home.  As long as you have the right equipment and ingredients it’s very simple! I highly recommend the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker,  which you can get at Walgreens!  It’s really affordable and actually works!

Now, where does Stans Donuts come into play?  I mean… Who doesn’t want an ice cream sandwich made with donuts!  Now living in Chicago Stans has definitely made a big presence on the city.  Check out my write up on Stans here!

Homemade No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

Prep Time:10 minutes

Freeze Time: 3-4 hours


1 pound strawberries, trimmed, halved if large
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy cream
Equipment: an ice cream


Coarsely mash strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, and salt using a potato masher or fork in a large bowl. Mash until combined.

Transfer half of strawberry mixture to a blender and purée with cream until smooth.

Return strawberry cream mixture to the bowl with remaining strawberries and chill, stirring occasionally, until very cold, do this for about 3 hours. Take the very chilled strawberry mixture and freeze in an ice cream maker. (Follow directions on maker, as every ice maker is different.)

Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to firm up until “scoopable.”

Pistachio donut and strawberry ice cream sandwich

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