Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream with Pedro Ximinez Sherry

For the last few weeks we’ve been enjoying some absolutely fantastic British strawberries grown by a fruit farmer in Cheddar. We usually have them chopped up, sweetened with a touch of sugar, doused in cream, with a splash of Pedro Ximinez. Sometimes, meringue is broken in, to make an Eton Mess (also great in ice lolly form).

Recently, we bought a large tub of clotted cream – a wonderfully rich and thick cream made by gently heating full-cream cows milk. As it cools, it forms a thick crust (also known as a clot) as some of the fat rises to the surface. I’ve always adored clotted cream served on traditional scones with a delicious homemade jam, and it’s dreamily good with hot sticky toffee pudding! Clotted cream is also a wonderful base for ice cream, so thick and rich on its own that you don’t need to faff about making a custard.

Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream with Pedro Ximinez Sherry

This simple ice cream recipe is very straightforward, combining fresh strawberries, sugar, clotted cream and a generous glug of Pedro Ximénez. Pedro Ximénez is a sweet, dark, fortified, dessert sherry made from a grape varietal of the same name, and is I adore its rich raisins and molasses flavour. It only amounts to a tiny splash per scoop of ice cream, but leave it out if you prefer a no-alcohol recipe.

British strawberries Hulled strawberries

As there’s no custard base in this recipe, there’s no cooking involved, making this a nice recipe to pull together when it’s too hot to be in the kitchen next to a hot stove or oven.

Strawberry, Clotted Cream and Pedro Ximinez Ice Cream

Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream with Pedro Ximinez Sherry
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Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream with Pedro Ximinez Sherry

This recipe makes just over a litre of ice cream, perfect to fill a litre box and have one bowl left for the cook!


  • 750 grams ripe, fresh strawberries
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 230 grams clotted cream (or extra thick double cream)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Pedro Ximinez sherry (optional)


You will need a blender or food processor, and an ice cream machine. Most ice cream machines produce slightly soft ice cream, as the paddle can't turn when the mixture gets too firm, so its best to freeze for a few hours before serving. 
Clotted cream is wonderful in this recipe, but you can also use extra thick double cream – the kind that's thick enough that a spoon can stand up in it. 
If you don't have Pedro Ximinez, you can substitute with any sweet sherry or port.


  • Pre-freeze your ice cream machine's bowl (or switch on the pre-cooling function if your machine has integrated cooling). 
  • Wash and hull the strawberries.
    A hulled strawberry
  • Place strawberries, sugar and sherry into a blender or food processor and whiz until you have a smooth liquid.
    Strawberries and sugar in blender jug
  • Add the clotted cream and blend again until the cream is fully mixed in.
    Strawberry and cream mix in blender Jug
  • Check the taste, so you can adjust if necessary – you may need additional sugar if your strawberries are not very sweet. You want the mix to taste slightly over-sweetened at this stage, since sweetness is muted by freezing.
  • Transfer the mix to your ice cream machine and switch it on to churn.
    Strawberry ice cream being churned
  • Once the machine has finished, transfer the ice cream into a suitable container and put into the freezer to firm up further.

Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream with Pedro Ximinez Sherry
We love this ice cream on its own but it’s also wonderful with a dense, dark and slightly bitter chocolate cake or torte, and fresh strawberries.

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23 Comments to "Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream with Pedro Ximinez Sherry"

  1. Janice Pattie

    oh my goodness, this is absolutely up my street! I can just imagine how smooth and sweet your ice cream would be and my mouth is watering.

  2. kaveyeats

    Ha ha sorry to torture you! It’s so easy, and it’s properly delicious. 😘😘

  3. Amanda

    Ohh, I love clotted cream, and it’s so good in this ice cream! It really makes for one decadent treat. I’ll be making this again all summer long!


    I am already thinking I should make more while strawberries are at their best locally so I can enjoy it for the rest of the year!

  4. Luci

    This ice cream recipe is so sweet and delicious! I’ve always loved strawberry ice cream, but the clotted cream took it to a new level!

  5. Shanika

    I love how easy this recipe is! This Strawberry Ice Cream looks so perfect and the flavors are amazing together!

  6. Choclette

    Totally in love with the sound of this ice cream. Clotted cream ice cream is big in Cornwall, perhaps not surprisingly, but I’ve never had a go at making it myself. Sweet strawberries and clotted cream is heaven indeed. And I’ve never actually tried Pedro Ximénez, though I keep coming across it in recipes.


    I’ve never made clotted cream either, it’s so easy to get good quality fresh across the UK these days!

  7. Stephanie

    This strawberry and clotted ice cream looks delicious, I love the fresh strawberries 🍓 that are in the ingredients. This is perfect for the summer. I love clotted cream!! Perfect for my sweet tooth!!!

  8. kaveyeats

    Yes, I am, we can get good brands in supermarkets across the UK these days!

  9. Michelle Johnson

    Great recipe – works well with a slug of balsamic vinegar instead of sherry.

    Michelle Johnson

    Well whaddya know? I had gone off to get some meringues for an Eton Mess while the base chilled and on Lidl specials today – Pedro Ximenez sherry!!!


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