Sharp but creamy, this delicious homemade kiwi fruit ice cream is a deliciously tangy frozen treat. It's perfect to make in the ice cream maker and has just 4 ingredients!
When I was a child ice cream was either chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, and occasionally raspberry ripple. I preferred vanilla. I loved chocolate and strawberries but I didn't think the ice-cream tasted of them. Even today, I tend to avoid chocolate and strawberry ice cream as I associate them with the cheap ice creams of the past.
The first time I tried kiwi fruit ice cream
One of the only times I got to have more interesting ice cream was on holiday in Spain. There were lots of cafes by the beach and each one would have at least 16-20 flavours.
One cafe had about 30 flavours and one of them was kiwi. It was sharp and refreshing as well as creamy with a very strong kiwi flavour. I absolutely fell in love with it that holiday and ate it every day.
After I had gone home I looked forward to eating it the next year, knowing there was no chance of being able to have it before then. The next year came, and there was no kiwi ice cream. I looked in every shop and cafe in Spain. Well, every one I came across within walking distance of our apartment.
It seems that kiwi ice cream was perhaps not so popular with everyone else apart from me. All those people buying chocolate ones, they just didn't understand what they were missing out on!
A Favourite childhood ice cream
Anyway, that was many years ago now and I don't think I have seen kiwi ice cream anywhere since then. So, when I was challenged to recreate a favourite childhood experience or flavour, I knew straightaway that I wanted to have a go at kiwi ice cream.
Does this ice cream have a custard base?
As kiwi fruit can be quite sharp I decided not to make a custard based ice cream and so did not use any eggs in this. This makes it very quick to make but it sets slightly harder in the freezer.
Do you need to remove the kiwi fruit seeds before making the ice cream?
I left the seeds in as I remember the ice cream in Spain being speckled with the tiny black seeds. I think they help to keep some sharpness in the flavour which mixes well with the sweetness. If you wanted you could strain the kiwi and milk mixture to remove them.
What does this kiwi fruit ice cream taste like?
When you eat this homemade ice cream, it almost tastes like a mixture of coulis with plain creamy ice cream as you taste the fruitiness of the kiwi first and then the creaminess comes in afterwards. As I like sharp tastes I think it would also be great as a frozen yogurt. I have since made a kiwi sorbet as well which is another delicious alternative.
Can you use this recipe with other fruit?
If you want to use this recipe as a base and then use a different fruit then go ahead! Just be aware that different fruits may mean you need to use more or less sugar when making the ice cream.
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Kiwi Fruit Ice Cream
- 150 ml double cream
- 4 kiwi fruit
- 2 tablespoon icing sugar
- 100 ml milk
- Peel the kiwi fruit and chop them up. Add the icing sugar and milk and use a stick blender to blend together. Alternatively put in a food processor.
- Stir in the double cream. Taste for sweetness. Add more icing sugar if necessary.
- Pour into an ice-cream maker and follow the instructions for your machine. When ready, transfer to the freezer.