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Olive Oil Ice Cream with Balsamic Wild Strawberries

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I was able to pick just enough wild strawberries in our field to make one recipe – a recipe where these tiny fruits would stand on their own and not get lost with a lot of other ingredients. So marinating them in balsamic vinegar and serving it with olive oil ice cream seemed the only option. I hope the guests at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #22 approve.

I have never made olive oil ice cream before, but it sounded intriguing to me. There are lots of recipes on line, and I have read most of them. Finally, I made a fairly standard custard and added some olive oil. I expect any standard ice cream recipe would work, but best if you use a little less sugar than normal. If you don’t have wild strawberries, then use regular ones.

As for the olive oil, I noted that you should use a good quality fruity oil and not a peppery one. Some recipes called for oil infused with lemon, but I had not time for that. I just used my Costco brand organic extra virgin olive oil which worked fine. If you have a really special fruity olive oil, by all means use that.

Olive Oil Ice Cream with Balsamic Wild Strawberries

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 4 hours
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For the ice cream:

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

2 egg yolks

6 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp olive oil

Heat the cream and milk until almost boiling. Pour a little at a time, continuing to mix while pouring, into the egg yolks beaten with sugar. Return it all to the pan and cook on medium heat until it coats the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Be careful not to overcook it. Remove from the heat, allow to cool a little, then add the olive oil and mix in thoroughly. Chill in the fridge, and then freeze in an ice cream machine according to instructions.

For the strawberry sauce

1 cup wild strawberries

3 Tbsp sugar

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Sprinkle sugar on the strawberries and allow to stand until the sugar dissolves and a syrup forms. This can take a few hours, but stirring it occasionally helps it along. Just before serving, add the balsamic vinegar.

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I served it before it really had a chance to freeze properly, but it was delicious nonetheless.

Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

36 thoughts on “Olive Oil Ice Cream with Balsamic Wild Strawberries

  1. Wild strawberries are some of the most beautiful and delicate fruits I know of. Their taste is a little different, but I happen to like the taste. I am somewhat jealous! I will take 2 portions please!

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  3. Thank you Sue. You are most welcome to as much as you like. I hope to pick more and preserve them.

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  4. How lovely. I’ve never heard of olive oil in ice cream but I imagine it tastes beautifully creamy.

    I remember always picking wild strawberries when I was young. There was a ravine behind my house where I spent hours foraging for things -fiddleheads, wild strawberries, pine cones, flowers, puffballs, wild apples. I don’t think the strawberries ever made it home!

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    • Mine rarely make it home either. Making a recipe for Fiesta Friday was a good incentive to save some. The olive oil ice cream seems quite common in olive oil countries, so there are lots of recipes for it. I found it surprisingly good – creamy as you say but with a slightly nutty taste.

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  5. This looks so yummy!🙂

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  6. this looks lovely Hilda…..fresh strawberry sauce with icecream hmm droooooooooling….

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  7. Oh wow Hilda…this is wonderful…. Welcome to Fiesta Friday!! I’m so in awe by the most creative dishes you bring to the table….and this one is right up there. Olive oil ice cream….I’m totally game, and now I want to research it just to see what it’s all about! Awesome, awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!❤

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  8. Thanks so much. I’m glad you found the idea as interesting as I did. I just had to try it and not sorry I did.

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  9. How interesting, when one hears olive oil and balsamic in the same sentence, one thinks of a salad. With this recipe, you took me out of a box, and introduced me to this wonderful dessert!

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  10. Thanks Fae. Like so many things, when you think you have a totally original idea you find it really isn’t all that original. Olive oil ice cream is quite common in countries like Spain and Italy, and of course balsamic strawberries have been added, but at least my recipe was original. I will work on the ice cream part some more because it really is delicious.

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  11. This recipe is very intriguing and interesting🙂.

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  12. What an intriguing recipe Hilda! Love the creativity!

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  13. Lovely strawberries! And nice flavor association:)

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    • Thanks Catherine. I don’t usually bother with wild strawberries as they are so tiny, but just couldn’t resist making at least one recipe with them. I’m sure regular strawberries would be good too.

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  14. Hilda, It looks very appetizing and I like the addition of balsamic vinegar into the strawberry sauce !

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  15. Wow, Hilda! You always surprise me with your wonderful, creative recipes! Fabulous that you have olive oil and balsamic in a dessert! Just so wonderful with the wild strawberries!

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  16. ooh I love the sound of this. I’ve never had wild strawberries before but I love regular strawberries with balsamic so I’m sure I’d love this too

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  17. We occasionally had wild strawberries in our yard when I was little. What a thrill it was to find them! If the apocalypse hits, I’m coming to live with you (just warning you now). I’m amazed at what you whip up from wild edibles.

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  18. Wow, wild strawberry! You always bring something interesting and wonderful from your garden! I’d never had olive oil ice-cream, but sounds like good combination with balsamic + strawberry.

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  19. So unique! Sounds yummy.

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  20. Hilda this recipe is stunning! I’ve never heard about olive oil ice-cream so far! I bet the flavour had to be very intense…

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    • Not as intense as I thought it would be. Actually, just a little nutty and very creamy for some reason. I will try other recipes with it, and other flavours just to see how far I can take it. It does seem to be very popular in Italy and Spain, so you know it can’t be bad.

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  21. I am not sure if I have eaten an ice cream with olive oil, but this sounds good to me especially with the wild strawberries.🙂

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  22. I love the farm-to-table concept . You are blessed to have access to such fresh food. I am envious of you. The jam looks delicious!

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    • Thanks Suchitra. It is wonderful to have plants right at your doorstep, so I try and make good use of them. But I also want to make recipes that other people can use, even if they don’t have the same things available as I do – so in this recipe, strawberries would work too.

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  23. This looks great, Hilda. Those strawberries are something else. I wish I had a bowlful right about now.🙂

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  24. Olive oil icecream, how exciting! I can imagine that it goes very well with the fruit & balsamic mixture (a combination that I love, it’s great with raspberries, too). Thanks for the inspiration, Hilda!

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