I wanted to make a special treat for my dad for father's day and I know that he loves Rum Raisin Ice Cream. However...I didn't have any rum and I didn't have any raisins. Was I going to let that stop me from making Rum raisin Ice Cream? Yes. Instead, I happened to have a whole vanilla bean and a boatload of fresh strawberries that needed to be used. Strawberry Vanilla Gelato!! You're welcome dad! The smooth depth of the whole vanilla beans and the sharpness of the strawberries blend together for a great balance. I tend to think of ice cream on one end and water ice on the other end with gelato in the middle. It is a nice balance of creaminess and fruit forward freshness. This was a very fun treat and if you like to make things from scratch and enjoy some mindless kitchen activity, you really should give this a try. It had a real "wow" factor when you serve it and you will love it too!
4 cups half and half
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbs. corn starch
1 pint strawberries
1 vanilla bean
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