The bounty of summer can be overwhelming in a good year. With mountains of fruit, it is a race to use as much as possible. Here are our picks for quick and easy recipes that will help you make the most of your fruits.
It can be as easy or as intricate as you want it to be. Try using your fruit for some desserts this holiday.
If you are in a pinch and have 5-20 min to whip out a dessert, then this is for you.
What you need:
- 300 g frozen fruits
- 125 ml Castor sugar
- 175 ml Heavy Cream
Slowly blend the iced fruit until the desired size (smooth vs chunky)
Add sugar and blend
Add cream and blend till thick
Freeze for 1-2 hours
Serving suggestion: Chilled, 2-4 Servings Storage: No more than 7 days
Ice lollies are easy to make. If you do not have molds on hand, you can try cups and wooden sticks from the local PNA. Image by Alison Marras from Pixabay.
Something for the kids
Classic ice lollies epitomise what summer is all about. Have fun with them! You can include edible flowers or herbs to make it into a colourful and healthy snack.
What you need:
- Lolly Moulds
- 150 g Berries/ fruit
- 450 ml Greek yoghurt
- 4 Tablespoons castor sugar
- *Optional: blender
- Fold the berries into the yoghurt along with the sugar
*Optional: For fussy toddlers, you can blend the fruits or berries into a pureé before adding the rest of the ingrediënts.
Pour into moulds.
Freeze and enjoy.
Serving suggestion: Chilled, Serves 2-4
The recipe can be adjusted to use coconut cream, should one or more be lactose intolerant. Using sweet fruits can also serve as a replacement for sugar. The latter will be milder in taste.
Presentation can make the world of a difference, yet nothing comes close to the smooth texture of a great sorbet.
For the Connoisseur
If you have a particularly sensitive pallet and prefer a smooth and consistent texture, you might want to consider investing in a good quality tabletop ice cream machine. This will allow you to minimise the ice crystals that form in quick DIY’s. It will also allow you to use fresh fruit.
Some things to look out for:
- Pick fruit at peak ripeness
- Consider fruit texture
- Check the average sugar content of a cultivar
If you are growing or buying your fruit, you should do some research on the taste of the cultivars. Some pears are sweeter than others and the same goes for almost all stone fruits.
- 500 g Ripe fruit
- 140 g Castor sugar
- 40 ml Liquid glucose
- 75 ml water
- Icecream/sorbet machine
*Note: The amount of sugar and glucose can be adjusted to taste depending on the cultivar you use and its natural sweetness. I suggest starting small and testing the mix before you churn it.
Skin the fruit if needed.
Soften fruit by placing in a saucepan on medium heat for 5-10 min along with the castor sugar, glucose and water (stir continuously).
Let the mix cool down.
Blend the mix.
*Optional: for a smoother texture, pass the mix through a standard flour sieve to remove longer fibres and chunks.
Churn the mix in the ice cream machine on the recommended sorbet setting.
Freeze for 2 hours.
Serving suggestion: Chilled, 4 servings
What is your favourite fruit ice cream? Tell us in the comments below.