Legend has it that in the early nineteenth century, a freed slave named Sallie Shad went into her family’s catering business in Wilmington, Delaware. Sallie supposedly became famous there for a new dessert sensation she created with frozen cream, sugar, and fruit.
When Dolley Madison heard about this new dessert, she supposedly travelled to Wilmington to try it. The First Lady must have loved it because a "magnificent pink dome of ice cream" was served at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813, and ice cream often appeared as the official dessert on the White House menu during his two terms of office.
If you’d like to make some Dolley Madison Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream today, this is what you’ll need:
2 cups sugar
5 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 quart heavy fresh cream
This is what to do: In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups sugar with sliced strawberries, let stand for about 4 hours. Mash and strain. Add remaining sugar and mix well. Beat in heavy cream and freeze for 3-4 hours. Serve chilled and enjoy!