Oh my yummmm! The hubs is at it again, making a "new to us" Strawberry Cheesecake Ice-Cream. I'll admit, I'm not a strawberry ice-cream fan, but this knocked my socks off! Ooooo laaaa laaaa, it tastes like cheesecake, only smoother, creamier, delicious.
2 cups sugar
2 tbls vanilla extract
1 real vanilla bean
2 cups 1/2 and 1/2
4 cups heavy cream
2 - 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups strawberry pie filling
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tbls melted butter
1 tbls sugar
Beat 4 eggs until well blended; slowly beat in 2 cups sugar. Add 1/2 and 1/2 and mix; add vanilla bean (scraped from pod), heavy cream and mix; add vanilla extract and mix.
In a separate bowl, beat softened cream cheese well with a mixer; add cream cheese to ice-cream batter and whisk to thoroughly blend.
Pour into ice-cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
Once processed, put ice-cream into container of your choice and place in freezer until semi-firm.
Remove from freezer and lightly stir in strawberry pie filling, or layer over top; your choice.
Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar; sprinkle over top, or serve with finished ice-cream after it's had time to chill. Return ice cream to freezer and freeze until firm and set.
Substitute Cherry Pie Filling for a different flavor.