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 really improves the ice cream’s flavour when the fruit is freshly picked
- It reduces the cost of making ice cream when buying in season.
The good news: it isn’t a strict requirement to always go for the fresh option when making a fruit ice cream. For example, you can make a really good mango ice cream using frozen fruit from the supermarket. However, it’s hard to beat a strawberry ice cream made with freshly picked juicy strawberries.
I’ve made a lot of fruit based ice cream over the last couple of years and decided to pull together a selection of my favourites here. They’re all really simple to make but I strongly suggest you use an ice cream machine to create non-icy ice cream with ease. You can pick up a basic machine for under $100 and it’ll pay for itself in the first 6 months; well, mine did anyway.
7 Must-Try Fruit Ice Cream Recipes
1. Vanilla Pear Ice Cream
This is not your average fruit ice cream. It’s sophisticated and the flavours of pear and vanilla bean work together magically. Pears seem to be available for a reasonable price in Australia almost all year around so this is one you can make whenever you like. To cut costs you can substitute vanilla essence for vanilla beans.
2. Strawberry Ice Cream
Always a crowd pleaser, strawberry ice cream tastes 100% better when it’s homemade so it’s time to put the store bought stuff behind you. I find the secret to a good strawberry ice cream is to add good a quality spirit like Vodka; no less than 40%. It’s also good to up the milk fat content by using more cream than many other recipes. This gives it a delicious creamy texture that goes so well with strawberry.
3. Lemon Ice Cream
I can never decide which to make – lemon sorbet or ice cream? They’re both so good. Usually, sorbet is the winner in summer because it is so refreshing. In the colder months, lemon ice cream is superb on your favourite pie dessert. Lemon ice cream is a great choice because this fruit is available all year around.
4. Blueberry Ice Cream
In Australia, blueberries can get quite expensive when they’re out of season. This is not a problem as the frozen version still makes for a very good ice cream. As with fresh blueberries, make sure you buy frozen fruit grown locally and not from some place on the other side of the world!
5. Mango Ice Cream
Did you know that a basket of mangoes in India is a gesture of friendship? That being the case, offering this ice cream must be an amazing gesture because it takes the mangoes to a new level of deliciousness. Like lemons, mangoes are another fruit that are amazing in sorbet or ice cream. This recipe is for mango ice cream and your life will never be the same again after you try it. It’s a little like a Mango Weis bar, only you get 1 litre of it with this recipe!
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 100% fresh berries for the perfect ice cream.
7. Feijoa Ice Cream
Although not that common in Australia, you can still find them in supermarkets and some green grocers. Peak growing season is March to June. The issue is, they usually cost up to $2 each and they’re small so you need lots for your ice cream. Your best bet is to get that Feijoa tree planted in the back yard (if you have one). In a few years you’ll enjoy tonnes of fruit for nothing. Warning: these trees grow very big and produce a lot of fruit in the right conditions.
What do you think of my list of fruit ice cream recipes? They’re all packed with vitamins and minerals but most importantly (for me anyway), they taste unbelievably good.