Lemonade-strawberry floats with mascarpone ice cream

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 8
Lemonade-strawberry floats with mascarpone ice cream

Mascarpone ice cream


In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, one-fourth cup sugar and the salt. Cook the milk, cream, vanilla bean (if using) and the remaining one-half cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until almost simmering. Slowly pour the liquid into the egg-sugar mixture, whisking as you pour. Return the cream-milk mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a heat-resistant plastic or wooden spatula, until the custard reaches 175 degrees and lightly coats the spatula.


Strain the custard into a clean bowl, discarding the vanilla bean, and cool over an ice bath until room temperature. Whisk in the mascarpone. Add the vanilla extract (if using). Refrigerate the custard for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.


If necessary, whisk the ice cream base to combine. Churn in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze until scoopable, about 4 hours, depending on your freezer.

Lemonade-strawberry floats


In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, sugar and salt. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the seltzer water.


Place some strawberries in 8 (12-ounce) glasses. Fill each with the lemon seltzer water. Add a generous scoop of mascarpone ice cream into each. Serve immediately, with straws and long spoons.

From “A Passion for Ice Cream” by Emily Luchetti. The lemon juice, sugar and salt can be mixed together and refrigerated for up to 6 hours in advance. Add the seltzer just before serving.

Russ Parsons is a former food writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.
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