Do you ever crave milkshakes? When I was pregnant with Casper, specifically toward the end and into those first few months of his life, I craved them ALL THE TIME. Like, had to have them, could not stop thinking about them day-and-night, craved them. Usually, we would hit up a drive-thru (in the PNW, I’m partial to the ones from Burgerville!) but, making them is so easy. I mean, it doesn’t take a massive amount of effort to blend up a milkshake, but it’s always worth it. For this roasted strawberry and malt number, all you need are some strawberries, a little sugar, some ice cream, milk, and a little malt powder. The strawberries get roasted in the oven until they become slumped over, super soft, and their juices begin to caramelize. Then, once you’ve been super patient and let them cool, you blend them up with an entire pint of ice cream, some milk, and some malt powder. The malt lends that classic ice-cream-shop flavor that’s sort of difficult to pinpoint. Kind of like a nutty dairy flavor, if that makes any sense at all. Anyway, I think this shake tastes like straight-up nostalgia with an intense dose of strawberry flavor thanks to the roasting step. Plus, roasting is the perfect thing to do with those strawberries you’ve been buying even though it’s not really the season yet, but you’re just so dang tired of winter (that’s not just me, right?)!
- 1 lb. strawberries--washed, trimmed, and quartered
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1-pint vanilla ice cream
- 3 tablespoons malt powder (like Carnation brand)
- ¼ cup milk
- whipped cream and strawberries for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Toss the quartered strawberries with the sugar and spread into an even layer on a baking dish. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the strawberries are soft and the juices begin to caramelize. Remove the strawberries from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Once the strawberries are cool, add them to a high-powered blender along with the ice cream, malt powder, and milk. Blend on high until smooth and combined, add more milk a few tablespoons at a time if you need to thin the shake. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a strawberry.
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