Here’s a quick and easy recipe for creating your own berry compote which you can add to your favourite ice cream base. It only takes a few minutes to make and you’ll be able to use it for a big range of fruit ice cream recipes. You don’t have to limit yourself to just berries either. Practically any fruit can be cooked using this method and added to ice cream.
Try to avoid using frozen berries if fresh fruit is available. The end result is much better.
You can use this recipe for all sorts of summer fruit like cherries (pictured), blueberries, raspberries or blackberries.
Once the fruit is cooked, you have two options.
- Leave the fruit untouched and have a chunky style ice cream.
- Blend the fruit compote into a pulp. This is referred to as a coulis.
If you don’t like any bits in your ice cream then use a strainer to get rid of them.
Finding the best fruit for your compote
Even though you’re going to be cooking the fruit, I still think it’s a big advantage to use the best quality fruit at your
disposal. Now might be a great time to plant that lemon tree you’ve been thinking about doing?
Try to avoid fruit that’s a bit wrinkled or not looking it’s best. Visiting a pick your own orchard would be ideal but if you don’t have time for that or it’s not convenient, consider visiting a farmer’s market. Here you’ll find locally grown produce that tastes delicious and you’ll be helping out the farmer as well.
Berry Compote Recipe
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp corn starch
- 1/4 cup water
- 2/3 cup fresh berries
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Add sugar and corn starch to a small pan on the stove over medium heat.
- Gradually stir in the water until your mixture is smooth.
- Add your choice of berries as well as the lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered. Allow fruit to reduce for around 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mash into pieces or blend in a processor then press through a strainer to remove any unwanted bits.
- Place the fruit in an airtight container in the fridge for at least an hour until fully cooled before adding to ice cream.