October 19, 2013

Strawberry Soft Serve — three ingredient, less than 5-minute ice cream!

This is one of those long, long pending posts. It has been in my drafts since the beginning of summer. And finally sees light in fall.

Feel like some ice cream to embrace fall?

I scream. Ice scream. Nah, nah, it's, i c e  c r e a m …lol
Few things bring back floods of light and gold-drenched days of summer more than ice cream. And today I felt like sharing one of my homemade favorites.

I love ice cream. I’ve had a thing—a terrible, terrible thing—for ice cream since childhood. While choco bar was my favorite back then, it is McDonald’s creamy vanilla soft sever these days. The one you get for QR 1 per crispy cone.

On the other hand, I’m not sure why, but I have lost the thing for blogging. Yes, lost it. Hit the wall.

For a while now, I haven’t felt the rush of adrenaline. To style food. To lift the camera. Or scribble down a few cohesive words to give life to some temptingly delicious shots pushed to the dark recess of my drafts. And even if I tried, nothing would have made sense. Just because I lost it.

Besides, I’ve been drowning in business and work and self-doubt. But that story is for another day.
If you are health conscious and berry obsessed, you’ll simply love this low-fat soft serve. It’s fabulously packed with berries. And, ready in under 5 minutes!

Bonus? No ice cream maker or churning every two hours of freezing.

You can skip all the little extras too—egg, cream, milk.

No guilt. No justification needed. Too good to be true, eh?
Making ice cream at home is fun. Most especially if it is quick and healthy and spoon-licking delicious as this one made with two simple ingredients—summer berries and skimmed yoghurt.

The secret ingredient here is frozen berries. I usually stock bags of frozen strawberries to use for quick cool downs, or to impress unannounced guests with a frosty scoop of homemade ice cream. Frozen berries are usually cheaper, and available throughout the year.

The 5 minute process is as simple as tossing the berries together with yoghurt into a food process. Churn for a minute or two, depending on the strength of the processor, until the berries have turned into a smooth, frozen bliss.
Okay, let’s be straightforward. It’s not exactly like the creamy, fluffy soft serve texture you enjoy at McDonald’s. But it’s a close second. A close second, that's so much more healthier.

I usually make strawberry soft serve with vanilla yoghurt. And other times with regular yoghurt and rose syrup. Both tastes equally good. But my personal favorite is the strawberry-rose, with its delicate floral note.

So if you are a sweet tooth in search of a quick dessert—this is the recipe for you! 

Just a little word of warning: it’s wickedly indulgent and addictive.
Strawberry Soft Serve Ice Cream

Makes 4
Prep: 5 min

400g frozen strawberries
1 cup chilled fat free (vanilla) yoghurt
½-1 teaspoon rose syrup, if using
sugar to taste (about 3 ½  tablespoons)

Place the berries with the sugar in a food processor and process until finely chopped. With the processor running, pour in the yoghurt and rose syrup and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately with fresh strawberries, or toppings of your choice.

Tastes best immediately out of the food processor.

Note: For the best flavor combo, either use vanilla yoghurt minus the rose syrup, or plain yoghurt with rose syrup. 

If you are using a regular blender and not a food processor, put the yoghurt first and then add in (diced) frozen strawberries.

Runny ice cream? No problem. You can easily firm up to scoopable texture by freezing the soft serve in the food processor jar (make sure the jar is freezable), covered, until partially frozen. Then place the jar back in the processor and pulse for a minute. Churning will break down the ice to a smooth texture. Now, scoop up and enjoy!

"You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind." — unknown

So until next time, hope you are having a wonderful month, and that it’s beautiful where you are, 


  1. Looks fabulous lovely colour

    1. Thank you Akheela :) I hope you had a fantastic Eid!

  2. Yum! I'm pinning this for future use!

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  3. Nash...this looks awesome ....love low fat dessert that are quick !!

  4. Lovely and amazing ice cream recipe. Very easy to make too. Perfect clicks... Post more recipes Nash....

  5. Beautiful clicks n love the berry ice cream with yogurt....

  6. Soft serve looks delicious and awesome clicks :-)

  7. you are back! Glad to see a post here :P..The ice-cream looks delish.

  8. Hey Nashi

    I love this one!

    Want to know how you manage these different hand made papers as background so flat n firm. Do you keep them rolled in and then roll it out for use or have it firmly embedded on a board or something?


  9. Wonderfully done,who can resist this quick and super fruity icecream.

  10. Your photography is beautiful.
    So excited to try your recipe too!

  11. I'll happily eat ice cream anytime of year, it's too good to wait for summer!

  12. looks tooo good! definitely going to try it! superb clicks!

  13. This sounds so lovely and refeshing! What a cool idea to add rose syrup? I've made strawberry icecream before but never added a bit of rose. Can't wait to give it a try! - Niki x

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  15. Hey Nashi, missing u and of course your lovely posts, where are you? come back soon

    - Sheeba


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