In the summer we can’t get enough of ripe, red strawberries, and this milkshake packs a fruity punch, combining strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries and even strawberry syrup for the most intense berry flavor ever. You’ll have more strawberry syrup than you’ll need, so use the rest as a topping for ice cream sundaes or banana splits, or serve it warm over pancakes. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For the strawberry syrup:
- 2 cups (1 lb./500 g) sugar
- 2 Tbs. light corn syrup
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 lb. (250 g) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
For the shake:
- 2 scoops strawberry ice cream, purchase or homemade
- 3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) whole milk
- 1/2 cup (2 oz./60 g) fresh strawberries, plus 2 whole strawberries for garnish
- 1 cup (8 oz./250 g) crushed ice cubes
1. To make the strawberry syrup, in a saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1 cup (8 fl. oz./ 250 ml) water, stirring to combine and wet the sugar thoroughly. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wipe any sugar granules from the side of the pan.
2. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook until a candy thermometer registers about 230°F (110°C). Remove from the heat and add the strawberries and 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) water, being careful of any splattering. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries have released their juices and the mixture is slightly thicker, about 30 minutes.
3. Return the saucepan to medium heat and bring the mixture just to a simmer. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a heatproof bowl. Pour the mixture through the sieve, gently pressing on the strawberries to release more juice. Discard the strawberries. Let cool to room temperature before using.
4. To assemble the shake, in a blender, combine the ice cream, milk, strawberries, 2 Tbs. of the strawberry syrup and the ice. Blend until smooth, 30 to 45 seconds.
5. Pour the mixture into 1 tall glass or divide between 2 small glasses. Garnish with the whole strawberries and serve immediately. Serves 1 to 2.
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