There's nothing better than freshly picked berries and ice cream in summer so why not combine the two with this recipe for tangy homemade gooseberry ice cream? If you're looking for unusual gooseberry recipes then this is for you!
I love summer and I love all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are around right now. One of my favourite activities to do with the children is to go and pick our own fresh fruit and vegetables. We often go to Garsons Pick Your Own Farm, which is where I picked these gooseberries.
Who couldn't love gooseberries? They're a brilliant ingredient for pies, crumbles and sponge puddings and now this gooseberry ice cream too!
What are gooseberries?
Have you tried gooseberries before? If you're not familiar with gooseberries they are tart green berries about the same size as grapes. You can sometimes eat the very ripe ones raw and without sweetening them. However, usually they are too sharp and need to be cooked and sweetened before they can be eaten.
Other recipes you can make with gooseberries
I grew up on a farm and we used to pick them in the hedgerows. That meant we always had a lot of gooseberry pies and crumbles at this time of year. I've made a few crumbles myself and last year I made a delicious gooseberry cobbler. This year however, I fancied trying a different gooseberry recipe. I fancied gooseberry ice cream.
Initially I was thinking along the lines of a gooseberry crumble cake and I still want to make that but I need to go and pick more gooseberries first! I was then given the idea of making ice cream.
Now I love my ice cream maker in summer but it was still sitting in the cupboard since last year. I just had to get it out, especially as I keep coming across so many tempting ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes online.
My Ice Cream Maker
I have had my ice cream maker for about 10 years now and it seems to be out of stock. However, it is very similar to this Sensio ice cream maker which is currently the number 1 bestseller on Amazon. It only costs £39.99 at the moment so there really is no reason not to treat yourself!
If you're not sure about it, just think how good you'll feel when you can make your own homemade ice cream any time you want! This is one gadget I have never regretted buying!
Sugar quantities can vary in this ice cream recipe
I find when cooking with gooseberries that the amount of sugar I use varies. Sometimes the berries I pick are sweeter and sometimes more sour. That means it's best not to stick rigidly to the recipe and to keep tasting as you are cooking them.
Not only that but some people like their ice cream to be sweeter than others. If you love tart flavours then go easy on the sugar. After all, you can easily add a bit more but it's harder to take it away!
Once the gooseberries have been mixed into the cream then you might also need to add extra sugar. I add icing sugar at this stage as it dissolves more easily.
Do you like bit of fruit in your ice cream or a smooth texture?
You can see from the pictures that there is still some texture in the gooseberry ice cream from the fruit. I love to get lumpy fruity pieces in my ice cream but if you want it to be smoother then puree the gooseberries after stewing them. You could even then pass the mixture through a sieve to remove pulpy bits and seeds.
Can you adapt this gooseberry ice cream?
I went for a plain gooseberry ice cream this time but you could also add some spices to the gooseberries as they are stewing to get a more complex flavour. How about gooseberry cardamom ice cream? That's a recipe for next time!
Can you easily scoop this gooseberry ice cream?
I found that this gooseberry ice cream kept well in the freezer and didn't go too hard. It was possible to scoop it as soon as it came out of the freezer without having to wait for it to soften a little first.
More easy homemade ice cream recipes
If you're looking for more homemade ice cream recipes then do take a look at my other ice cream recipes: kiwi fruit ice cream, cardamom and pistachio ice cream and raspberry and white chocolate ice cream.
I've even got a homemade frozen desserts recipe collection with recipes for ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and ice lollies!
Gooseberry Ice Cream
- 300 g gooseberries
- 50 g caster sugar
- 300 ml double cream
- Icing sugar or sweetener optional
- Put the gooseberries in a saucepan with a tablespoon of water and the sugar. Heat until the berries begin to break down. Leave to cool and then chill in the fridge.
- Mix the gooseberries and cream together in a mixing jug.
- Taste and mix in a little icing sugar or an alternative sweetener if the mixture is not quite sweet enough.
- Follow your ice-cream maker's instructions. Pour the gooseberry mixture into the ice cream maker and let it churn for about 15 minutes by which time it should be fairly stiff. Transfer to a freezer container and place in the freezer. Or eat straightaway.
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Do you make your own ice cream? If so then please leave a comment and inspire me with your favourite flavour combinations.
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