It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, one thing you can rely on is that there’ll always be some sort of fruit in season. When it comes to making the best ice cream this is useful for two reasons:
- It improves the ice cream’s flavour when the fruit is freshly picked
- It reduces the cost of making ice cream when buying in season.
I’ve pulled together a some of my favourite fruit ice cream recipes here.
7 Must-Try Fruit Ice Cream Recipes
1. Vanilla Pear Ice Cream
This is not your average fruit ice cream. The flavours of pear and vanilla bean work together magically. Pears are available for a reasonable price in Australia almost all year, so this is one you can make ant time. To cut costs substitute vanilla essence for vanilla beans.
2. Strawberry Ice Cream
Always a crowd pleaser, strawberry ice cream tastes 100% better when it’s homemade. The secret to a good strawberry ice cream is adding Vodka; no less than 40%. This recipe makes ice cream with a delicious creamy texture that goes well with strawberries.
3. Lemon Ice Cream
I can never decide which to make – lemon sorbet or ice cream? They’re both so good. In the colder months, lemon ice cream is superb on pies and other winter desserts. Lemon ice cream is a great choice because this fruit is available all year around.
4. Blueberry Ice Cream
In Australia, blueberries get expensive when they’re out of season. This isn’t a problem as the frozen version still makes for very good ice cream. As with fresh blueberries, buy frozen fruit grown in Australia if possible.
5. Mango Ice Cream
Did you know that a basket of mangoes in India is a gesture of friendship? Offering this ice cream must be an amazing gesture because it takes the mangoes to a new level of deliciousness. This recipe is for mango ice cream and your life will never be the same after you try it. It’s like a Mango Weis bar, only you get one litre of it!
6. Raspberry Ice Cream
Who can say no to a fruit that not only tastes good, but is also packed with Vitamin A, C, E, minerals and antioxidants. Take advantage of those two-punnet deals at the shops in summer that work out really cheap. Better yet, visit a pick-your-own orchard and stock up with fresh berries for the perfect ice cream.
7. Feijoa Ice Cream
Although not that common in Australia, you can still find feijoas in supermarkets and some green grocers. Peak growing season is March to June. They usually cost up to $2 each and they’re small so you need lots for ice cream. Your best bet is to get that Feijoa tree planted in the back yard (if you have one).