Strawberry Ice Cream Soda with Strawberry Tart

April 13, 2010

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Expertly modelled by the hairy arms of The Captain!


Look at these. Aren’t they just beautiful?

Summer may be long gone but berries haven’t left us yet and I can’t be more grateful. You see, I love strawberries. Like really love them. You all know I’m a citrus girl through and through but if you really put me under the pump, you might find out that secretly, strawberries are my favourite fruits in cooking. Jams, jellies, ice creams, sorbets, coulis, tarts… the humble strawberry is my true love.

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This dessert is just pure strawberry love. If there’s anything that celebrates all that is sweet and wonderful about this fruit, it’d be this. A chilled Strawberry Ice Cream Soda paired with a simple Strawberry Tart. And it’s ridiculously easy to make and most of the elements can be prepared in advanced and left in the fridge to chill. Simple but fabulous.

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Adding the soda water to the ice cream and strawberry. Big love!

This also involves my one favourite thing in the whole wide world… créme patissiere (pastry cream). I always like to make double the mixture so half can be for the recipe and the other half for me to eat with a spoon. If I could pick one dessert to eat for the rest of my life it’d be sweet pastry with créme patissiere. Oh baby.

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I love ice cream sodas!

The best part is the awesome Strawberry Ice Cream Soda. Hooray for the inner child! Otherwise known as Floats or Spiders in Oz, these takes me back to the days in Malaysia when A&W Root Beer Floats were the height of indulgence. And nothing was better than a spider with coke and vanilla ice cream in a hot Perth summer in the bygone days of my childhood. I always love a bit of nostalgia with my dessert.

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My strawberry milkshake brings all the boys to the yard…

I never feel complete without ending on something sweet after a meal but if you’ve gorged yourself silly (like I did one Easter Sunday), the last thing you want is something rich like chocolate (actually you want it but you don’t want to deal with the messy aftermath of gluttony). So what a better way to end on a light and refreshing note? You could even skip the tart and indulge in a tall milkshake glass of strawberry ice cream soda by its lonesome especially on a hot summer’s day… or in our case to hold on to the last shreds of summer *shiver*.

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Strawberry Ice Cream Soda


(serves 4)

375g strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
120g icing sugar
1 vanilla bean (halved and beans scraped) / 1.5 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
Soda Water
Vanilla ice cream

For the strawberry purée: in a blender or food processor, ground strawberries, icing sugar and vanilla together until completely pulverised. Strain through a fine meshed sieve into a bowl/container and chill in the fridge.

Strawberry tart


Crème Patissiere

500ml milk
1 vanilla bean (halved and beans scraped) / 1.5 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract (I’m a vanilla fiend so I always like to add more)
2 large egg yolks
1 large whole egg
125g caster sugar
40g plain flour, sifted

Heat the milk and vanilla in a pan over medium heat. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, egg and sugar together until it’s pale and thickened. Add in the flour and whisk until combined.

Bring the milk mixture to the boil and immediately remove from heat. While continuously whisking the egg mixture, slowly pour in the milk in a slow stream until all combined.

Pour the mixture back into a clean pot and cook over a medium heat, constantly stirring to prevent the bottom from scorching until it’s a thick custard.

Pour into a bowl or container, sift over icing sugar (to prevent a skin from forming) and cool completely. Alternatively you could cover the surface closely with plastic wrap.

Strawberry Glaze

150g strawberries – hulled and chopped
75ml sugar syrup (recipe at the bottom of post)

In a pan over medium-low heat, add the strawberries and sugar syrup. Using your wooden spoon or a potato masher, crush the strawberries into the syrup until pulverised. Cook until thick and syrupy (about 5-10 mins). Strain through a fine meshed sieved and allow to chill.

Tart

A sheet of butter puff pastry (you can use pre-frozen or you can make it yourself)
Perfect whole strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthways

Preheat your oven and bake your puff pastry on a baking tray according to manufacturer’s or puff pastry recipe’s instructions. After about 5-10 minutes of baking, place a baking sheet over your puff pastry to prevent it from rising too much and to keep it even. Bake until it’s golden and allow to cool on a wire rack completely. Slice 4 rectangular batons to your size preference.

With a piping bag, pipe a layer of crème patissiere neatly onto your pastry bases. Layer the strawberry slices over the top and brush with the strawberry glaze. Transfer to your serving plates.

In a separate bowl or glass, pour in about 1/4 cup of the strawberry purée (from Ice cream soda recipe) and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pour some soda water in a separate cup and place both alongside the tart on your serving platter.

When served, pour in the soda water to the strawberry purée and ice cream and watch it fizz and foam. Dig in with a spoon. Feel free to add more strawberry purée if you like it sweeter or more ice cream if you like it creamier.

Alternatively serve in tall milkshake glasses with a tall straw and long spoon. Let the ice cream melt into it, stir and enjoy the milkshake goodness.

Sugar Syrup

220g caster sugar
250ml water

In a pan over low heat, stir the sugar and water constantly until sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and cool completely. Can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.

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All recipes (except for créme patissiere) adapted from Katrina Kanetani.

 

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz May 7, 2010 at 02:20

Love the shot with the drip!

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Emma @CakeMistress April 24, 2010 at 11:57

That would be amaaaazing on a warm summer's day *droool*. And that creme patissiere recipe is the best. thing. evar. Made it last week and just ended up eating spoonfuls of it instead of making tarts. Oops :)

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Susan April 19, 2010 at 07:57

The strawberry ice cream soda sounds sooo good. I don't think I've ever had a non-Root Beer float before… I definitely should try this out sometime. Now I'm totally craving strawberries after seeing your post.

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Amy @ cookbookmaniac April 17, 2010 at 17:48

I have a thing for red. I love the colour and usually love all foods that are red. This dessert is dazzling me to no end!

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Kaitlin April 17, 2010 at 03:44

Oh wow! These recipes sound great! I saw that strawberry tart in the background of the top photo and I was hoping you'd include the recipe. It sounds so simple, but so awesome!

Gorgeous photos, as always!

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Poonam April 15, 2010 at 18:15

So cool, your ice cream soda!

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Ellie April 15, 2010 at 01:46

STUNNING!!! Your pictures are beyond beautiful. You never failed to amaze me with your posts. P/S Tell the captain that I can't stop staring at his finger nails. Time for a clip. lol!!!

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Lucy April 14, 2010 at 21:17

Your photos are beautiful and your food delicious! I especially love the strawberry soda, so fresh and bright. Desperately craving a glass right now :)

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:29

Thanks so much! x

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:29

Me too. I've always had ice cream sodas with root beer or coke. Strawberry is a much nicer version :)

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:27

Lucky you! I love the smell of them when you go to fruit shops :)

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:27

Thanks Shaz! They might not be great in winter but I'm still thankful that they're available :)

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:26

Especially when the ice cream melts and then you just have a light strawberry shake! Yum!

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:25

LOL, oh no!

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:25

Me too! I loved summer fruits and the beach. Especially in season when you walk past the fruit shops and their scent is so powerful! Ummm I miss it :(

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:24

Ummm I'm craving strawberry ice cream now! Hope you're eating lots in Paris!

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:24

LOL I wish I was photogenic like berries too haha!

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:23

LOL I'll tell The Captain that he has girly hands hehe. It's just about end of season here so strawberries aren't as great too but that's just the perfect excuse to use them in desserts like this :)

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:22

Cheers Simon! Nothing beats beautiful strawberries :)

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:21

Thanks so much!

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:21

Oh believe me, I'll still take your strawberry sorbet and avocado mousse any day! Thanks Fouad!

Oh and you can serve the soda water separately to the dessert and then get your guests to pour it over the icecream and strawberry puree themselves. Half the fun is watching it fizz and foam.

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citrusandcandy April 14, 2010 at 10:19

Awww *blush* coming from you? That means a lot. Thanks!!

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ladyironchef April 14, 2010 at 09:59

OH MY GOD. GREAT SHOTS KAREN! your photos are getting better and better! :))

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Fouad April 14, 2010 at 09:35

Karen ! Awesome photos. They look like a work of art rather than food photos! And I love the recipe. My avocado mousse and strawberry sorbet is having shakey knees. hehehe.

So, with the soda recipe, when do you add the soda water? I'm guessing you mix on demand then top with ice cream?

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Cherine April 14, 2010 at 08:57

I love strawberries! Your photos are stunning!

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Simon@theheartoffood April 14, 2010 at 07:13

Talk about a celebration of strawberries! Excellent work with the photos too :)

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Memoria April 14, 2010 at 02:33

Wow. These are stunning photos of refreshing desserts. YUM!

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Jacq April 14, 2010 at 02:14

mm ice cream sodas really take me back to my school days! and adding strawberries is a great idea – i wish i'd thought of it earlier!

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Jennifer April 13, 2010 at 10:54

GORGEOUS!!! Its about strawberry season here so everything is perfect!!

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shaz April 13, 2010 at 10:28

ooo, very mouthwatering, Strawberry Spiders are such an excellent idea! Love that "pouring" shot. And I love strawberries too – I guiltily buy them in winter sometimes.

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Sara April 13, 2010 at 10:04

I love the idea of the strawberry ice cream soda. Those strawberries just look so luscious.

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penny aka jeroxie April 13, 2010 at 08:59

OMG…. why did I look at this before heading to the gym… I am going to be RPMing with strawberries in my head.

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mlle délicieuse April 13, 2010 at 08:21

Summer's always been my favourite season since I was a child and nothing pleased me more than strawberry season the two weeks on either side of Christmas when they would be at their sweetest =) So red, so fragrant and so girly!

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Trissa April 13, 2010 at 05:14

Ooo – sounds so refreshing Karen… I love anything strawberry!

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 13, 2010 at 04:38

Spider!!! I haven't had one for years, and mine were always somewhat more, um, rustic than this beauty. Pretty pretty photos, I wish I was as photogenic as a strawberry. I also wish strawberries didn't have to go out of season.

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Angie April 13, 2010 at 04:09

The hands look a bit girly… until I saw the hair =p

Mmm I can smell the Strawberries from here… oh wait that's my punnet of strawberries on my desk =D Love love strawberries too! It's been a bit of a hit and miss season though for me = Or I've just had bad luck and keep getting tarty strawberries!

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citrusandcandy April 13, 2010 at 04:00

There's something so nostalgic and girly about ice cream sodas and strawberries :D Thanks!

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citrusandcandy April 13, 2010 at 04:00

Thanks Mark! Ooh all hail the pastry cream. I've burnt my lips many times trying to eat it from the pot LOL.

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citrusandcandy April 13, 2010 at 03:59

Umm I miss them esp with root beer and ice cream! This one is a little healthier so drink away!

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citrusandcandy April 13, 2010 at 03:58

LOL I had to cut out as much of his hairy arms as I could! Aah Twilight… speaking of which, the 3rd movie is coming out soon ;P

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citrusandcandy April 13, 2010 at 03:57

Haha no. Strawberries are like my secret affair. I'll stay a citrus girl in the public eye :P

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citrusandcandy April 13, 2010 at 03:55

Oi. Those berries were begging for a hand shot. And I never do them so I'm allowed one :P

Bahaha I don't think so!

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linda April 12, 2010 at 23:52

omg Shaun's hand look so pretty =D I like that photo, somehow reminds me of Twilight. Oh man your photos are gorgeous. I love simple desserts, so thanks for the recipe.

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Steph April 12, 2010 at 23:35

Brilliant! I want to eat/drink this now! Ice cream soda is the best. So are you changing your blog name to Strawberry and Candy now? ;)

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Betty@The HungryGirl April 12, 2010 at 23:16

Spiders! They take me back to year 7!! *sigh* Nothing beats the good ol ice cream soda :) Your's look a lot more glam than my year 7 version though ;)

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bily@atablefortwo April 12, 2010 at 22:23

oh both hands clutching food shot, how passe… ;) LOL
no is a nice shot, and i bet the strawberry ice cream soda taste good too! :P

Canelle and Tartlette watch out! here come Citrus n Candy! LOL

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Mark @ Cafe Campana April 12, 2010 at 20:04

This looks great. The colour and flavours of the strawberry really shine through. I know what you mean about Crème Patissiere, it tastes so good. I just feel a little bad after indulging.

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Zia Elle April 12, 2010 at 17:54

Soda ice cream???? I like it!!!!!!!! And I love strawberries!!

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