My husband and I started picking fruits from the hedgerows and with permission some areas of parkland about 5 years ago. Neighbours and friends also ask us to pick their fruit as they can have too much. We return with jellies, jams, chutneys, cordials and sometimes ice cream but usually the ice cream is eaten too quickly. We enjoy the sourcing and picking, especially as it is free!
Place fruit in pan and cover with water so that all fruit is submerged. Fruit should only just be covered.
Heat until nearly boiling then simmer for 15 minutes. So that fruit softens.
Empty contents into muslin bag (jelly strainer) and leave to drip overnight.
Put extracted juice in a pan and add 700g of sugar for every 1000ml of juice.
Heat and stir liquid until all sugar has dissolved. Do not boil.
Pour into sterilised bottles. This should keep for several months. The above quantities made about 3 litres of cordial.
For ice cream. Slightly whip cream till thickened but not whipped.
Mix in 150ml cordial (More or less according to taste preference). Cordial must be cooled or at room temperature.
If lucky enough to own one, add to ice cream machine until thickened. Decant into tub. Put in freezer for about 2 hours and it should be ready.
If you don‘t own an ice-cream machine put in a tub and into the freezer. After 2 hours beat it well and then replace in freezer. After another 2 hours beat again and then replace in freezer leave for 3 or 4 hours till ready to eat.
To serve you can drizzle some more cordial on and some fresh fruit if you wish.
The weights of fruit is a guide and so you don‘t have to make such a big batch if only making ice-cream. Can also try with alternative fruit. The fruits mentioned appear in the hedgerows at different times of year and so collect and freeze.
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