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Mulberry Ice Cream

Spring has most definitely sprung. One clear sign of this is the mulberry tree in the kindy down the road is fruiting. Who does that? Who plants a mulberry tree in the playground of 3 and 4 year old pre-schoolers? Someone who doesn’t have to wash the stains out of their kid’s clothing, that’s who. Between the kids and the birds, the silk worms don’t get much of a look in and neither do I. Happily, I was able to buy some mulberries at the local markets. In a previous post I shared some of the history of mulberries and a recipe for a Mulberry Smash Cocktail. But what did I do with the rest of the mulberries? (Spoiler alert – it’s in the title of the post.)

On A Cold & Frosty Morning
Perhaps the gardener at the kindy planted the mulberry tree so the children could enjoy a game of Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush. Or perhaps the gardener just should have thought a bit harder.

vintage line drawing of women in Georgian era clothing dancing around a mulberry bush

As you can probably tell, I am revelling in this mulberry magical time of year. The last of the mulberries from my market purchase went into a velvety Mulberry Ice Cream. It’s a basic custard ice cream – that is, an ice cream made with an egg custard base. The mulberry puree turns the ice cream into a fabulous, yes FABULOUS, shade of purple. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, I encourage you to buy one. They can be bought at a modest price and make a big difference to the end result. Aldi sell them once or twice a year. There are many appliances that sit neglected in my cupboard but surprisingly, the ice cream maker is not one.

Mulberry Ice Cream

scoops of mulberry ice cream with a mint leaf garnish

Ingredients

  • 250g – 300g mulberries
  • 250 ml milk
  • 500 ml pouring (single) cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar

Method

  • Wearing gloves – wash mulberries, remove any stalks, chop each berry in half and place in a bowl or jug. Sprinkle chopped berries with 1 tablespoon of the sugar and allow the berries to macerate whilst preparing ice cream. If you don’t use gloves, your hands will be stained for days after.
  • Place milk and cream in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring occasionally. Heat until but not boiling and set aside.
  • Place the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk or beat for several minutes until thick and pale.
  • Slowly pour hot milk into egg mixture, beating constantly to combine. It’s important that the milk is not boiling otherwise you will just create scrambled eggs!
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and stir over a low heat until a custard forms and coats the back of a spoon. It should take around 5 minutes but it is better for it to take a little longer than to have the heat too high.
thick custard in a saucepan to make mulberry ice cream

The custard should coat the back of the spoon

  • Place custard in fridge and allow it to chill completely.
  • Puree mulberries with a stick mixer and then pass the puree through a sieve to separate seeds from the pulp.
  • When custard is chilled, stir mulberry puree into the custard and then pour into ice cream machine for churning.
  • Like most home made ice creams, this Mulberry Ice Cream is best eaten within a week otherwise the flavour will start to dull. I’m sure you will have no problems consuming it though!

Makes 1 litre

5 comments… add one
  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 29, 2016, 2:18 pm

    I love the colour. I never remember gloves and often have dyed finger tips.

    • Fiona Ryan October 31, 2016, 10:19 am

      The colour is amazing and of course, that’s why is stains fingers and clothes (and benches) so easily.

  • sherry from sherrys pickings October 29, 2016, 2:39 pm

    isn’t this super dooper fabulous? what a colour. yes gloves are very sensible those mulberry stains don’t come out easily. we used to have a tree in our backyard but it got into the pipes. not a good look so it had to come out sadly.

    • Fiona Ryan October 31, 2016, 10:21 am

      The colour is amazing. Blackberrries really don’t compare. No one seems to have a mulberry tree any more so these recipes pull a nostalgic heart string.

  • Amanda November 2, 2016, 6:22 pm

    Oh wow – that colour is fantastic!
    Love your remarks about the gardener. It is a dumb place to put such a messy tree.

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