Why, hello summer! Thanks for showing up this year. I’m just thrilled that you’re here (however, I’m not so much thrilled about the sunburn you gave me yesterday…just sayin’). It’s officially HOT outside. Like, already in the upper 90’s this week. Our pool has pretty much reached bathtub temperatures. Is it just me, or did summer just sort of come out of nowhere? A couple of weeks ago it was rainy, windy and slightly chilly even….then BAM! Sweltering heat. No warning. Good thing I have an ice cream maker- take THAT, summertime! Ice cream makes everything better. Especially cheesecake ice cream. Especially cheesecake ice cream with strawberry puree swirled in it! This is David Lebovitz’s recipe and it’s rich, thick, incredibly creamy and oh-so satisfying in the summertime heat. Trust me- make it. Your sweating husband will thank you.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1 lemon
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half and half
2/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt

Zest the lemon directly into a blender or food processor, then add the cream cheese, sour cream, half and half, sugar and salt and puree until smooth.
Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Strawberry Sauce

1 1/2 pounds strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Puree the strawberries with the sugar and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth. Press the puree through a strainer to remove the seeds.

To finish the ice cream:
Place half of the ice cream in a container, then spoon in some of the strawberry sauce; repeat layers, then gently swirl with a spoon. Store in the freezer until ready to serve.



  1. ok our aggie minds must be bonded cause i spent all weekend thinking about strawberry cream cheese ice cream and was thinking it was going to be tricky to find one without eggs (since i can’t have them)! trusty ole david lebovitz!

    looks good!!


    Comment by ashley — June 1, 2010 @ 2:41 PM

  2. Great Aggie minds think alike, Ashley!! 🙂 Give this one a try- it’s super easy and SO good!



    Comment by amy — June 1, 2010 @ 2:43 PM

  3. Ooooh, this sounds yummy! I think I made a cheesecake ice cream last year too, but no strawberry swirl so clearly I’m going to need to make it again 🙂


    Comment by Tracey — June 1, 2010 @ 2:54 PM

  4. I do not have an ice cream maker – yet – but this recipe for a childhood favorite just may make me have to splurge on one soon. Very soon.


    Comment by Margo — June 1, 2010 @ 4:38 PM

  5. This ice cream and the raspberry lemonade punch have made me almost forget that it’s SO hot outside. (Almost). Looks yummy!


    Comment by Mother — June 1, 2010 @ 9:16 PM

  6. I’ll take 2 scoops, please!


    Comment by bridget {bake at 350} — June 1, 2010 @ 10:17 PM

  7. This looks fabulous!! I serioulsy have to make this ice cream.


    Comment by Jade — June 2, 2010 @ 9:24 AM

  8. Looks amazing! Will have to try making this soon!


    Comment by Vicky — November 16, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

  9. I’ve got this mixing away in my KA mixer right now. I can’t WAIT to try it! It’s my first time making homemade ice cream.


    Comment by Amy — July 17, 2012 @ 7:12 PM

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