Honey Lime Strawberries with Ice Cream

I’m writing this on a hot Sunday afternoon in Calistoga. We’re enjoying a sunny day with all of Casey’s family and I’m hiding out in a small dark room typing this.

Womp womp.

Of course the internet connection is slooooooooooooooow like molasses.  And as I sit here waiting for this page to load, I keep thinking about expectations. I expect to get on a computer and have it magically work. I expect lightning fast internet speed just as much as I expect to dive into a bowl of strawberries and ice cream and know exactly what it will taste like.

But…things don’t always meet your expectations. Sometimes the lack of internet is just a higher power telling you that you should be spending time with your family (I’m almost done, honey!!). And sometimes strawberries and ice cream get shaken up and remind you how a few simple ingredients can elevate something basic into something amazing.
You can expect to be pleasantly surprised by this recipe. The honey and lime add a tangy sweet kick to the strawberries. The cardamom provides a nice subtle spice, while the lemon & vanilla ice cream duo wake up your taste buds.
Now if you’re looking for me, you can expect to find me poolside with a gin cocktail & magazine in my hand.

 

And we’re off!

Strawberries, lime, honey & cardamom. Boom.

Zest that lime!

Put the honey in a pan. Add the lime juice and heat it up. Boil it and then take it off the flame.

While that’s going on you can cut up the strawberries.

This is how I listen to the Joy the Baker podcast! On a Thursday morning while working on something in the kitchen.

There’s usually coffee involved.

Now put the lime zest & cardamom in the honey lime mixture.

Pour the mixture over the strawberries. Stir it up and let it sit.

A few minutes before you serve the strawberries, pull out your ice cream. Get your scoop on.

This lemon ice cream is soooooooooooo good. I just discovered it. Yum.

Look at those strawberries. They’re super juicy!

One scoop of lemon ice cream. One scoop of vanilla. Top with a few spoonfuls of strawberries. YEAH!

Expectations exceeded!

Honey Lime Strawberries with Ice Cream

serves 6

recipe adapted from Food & Wine

  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 pint each vanilla & lemon ice cream

Put the strawberries in a large heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the honey with the lime juice and bring to a boil. Stir in the 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest and the cardamom. Pour the syrup over the strawberries, stirring to coat. Let stand, stirring once or twice, until the berries are juicy and slightly softened, 25 to 30 minutes.

Scoop the lemon & vanilla ice cream into glasses and top with the strawberries and their juices. Garnish with lime zest. Serve right away.

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  • August 13, 2012

    Mmm such an easy, tasty, treat! Love it!

  • August 13, 2012

    These look great. Never would hve thought to add spices to strawberries. Lovely. Enjoy familia time you so deserve it, Momma!

  • Kelsey
    August 13, 2012

    These look so good! I had peaches with pistachio gelato last night, so I’m already on a fruit and ice cream run! Also, you have been a treat to follow on instagram this weekend- totes gorgeous pics! Have a wonderful time with the family.

  • August 13, 2012

    Mmmm this is so refreshing looking, and lemon ice cream. Sold.

  • August 13, 2012

    Strawberries drenched in honey and lime zest over ice cream sound like a sublime way to end a long summer afternoon! Now I wish I’d bought two pints at yesterday’s farmer’s market… :)

  • August 13, 2012

    Is it wrong the first thing I thought when I read this was that I want to turn these flavours into a cocktail? Looks sooo delicious!

  • Love this! I’m wondering if there is a possibility to incorporate some cinnamon into this recipe as well….

  • Holly
    August 13, 2012

    You’ve given me so many ideas for dessert at our restaurant (triple berry galette, caramel brioche croutons with strawberries and ice cream, profiteroles with chocolate sauce, and now this). Thanks, Tracy.

  • August 13, 2012

    Whoa. This is amazing. Thanks for posting!! Perfect summer food :D

  • August 13, 2012

    I have an extra pint of strawberries in my fridge right now. I’m totally going to do this! Yummm! You are awesome, Tracy.

  • Sofie T.
    August 13, 2012

    What a splendid summer treat!

  • I love that gorgeous picture of the lime zest. Beautiful!

  • August 13, 2012

    These sound delightful. I love the use of cardamon always, always, always. :)

  • August 13, 2012

    I was just wondering about that lemon ice cream earlier today. These strawberries look like they’d be a DELICIOUS accompaniment to it. (They used to make an awesome ginger flavor that I totally miss.)

  • August 13, 2012

    I’m onto you…those strawberries are merely an excuse to eat ice cream. For me, a clean spoon is a good enough excuse.

  • That looks so good. And why have I never thought to pair strawberries with lemon ice cream? It’s obviously going to be delicious!

  • August 13, 2012

    Nice post and perfect for any fruit. Yum. And think of it mushed into a strawberry shake. With vodka or rum.. Oh, very good ideas you have given. Thanks!

  • August 13, 2012

    supreme!

  • August 14, 2012

    This is perfect for summer. I love strawberries and ice cream, but the addition of honey and lime is genius.

  • August 14, 2012

    Totally just made this with lemon the other day! So delicious!

  • August 14, 2012

    I could/would eat this for breakfast! It’s so dang hot here all I want is ice cream and fruit, so this really is the perfect combination.

  • August 14, 2012

    Ooh, I really want to get my hands on that lemon ice cream!

    • Tracy
      August 14, 2012

      Get it!

  • August 14, 2012

    Oh wow, this makes me wish that I liked strawberries!

    • Tracy
      August 14, 2012

      What! You don’t like them? Blasphemy!

  • August 14, 2012

    Oh wow- that looks amazing!!!

  • August 16, 2012

    I bought limes a couple of days ago but didn’t really have any good idea as to what to do with them, now I know!
    By the way, great blog!

  • August 16, 2012

    Tracy, I love the simplicity of recipes like this!

  • August 23, 2012

    I made these this past weekend and it was so delicious!

  • Leslie
    August 24, 2012

    Made this delicious concoction last night, and it is wonderful. But I’m puzzled with part of the recipe. You write “Meanwhile, in another bowl, whip the heavy cream with the remaining 1 tablespoon of honey until soft peaks form.” No heavy cream in the ingredients, no note as to when to use the cream when putting the dessert together?

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