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Plenty of Dutch emigrants remember it well – that familiar tinkling of the ice cream van, merrily announcing its arrival on a hot summer’s day. No ice cream van in your neighbourhood? No problem! Now you can cool down with your very own, delicious homemade ice cream, made using a selection of typical Dutch summer fruits!
Step 1 – Gather, rinse and puree the ingredients
First gather all of the ingredients required to make your ice cream – for one tub of ice cream you’ll need around 500 grams of ripe summer Dutch fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums or nectarines. You’ll also require approximately 175 ml of orange juice, 175 grams of brown sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Next rinse all of the fruit, remove any pips and then puree in a blender, together with the lemon juice.
Step 2 – Make the syrup
Now you’re ready to make the syrup that gives the ice cream its irresistibly sweet flavour – place the orange juice into a saucepan, together with the sugar and then bring to the boil. Leave to simmer on a low heat until it forms a lovely, thick syrup. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.
Step 3 – Prepare the ice cream
To prepare the ice cream – stir the fruit puree into the syrup using a spatula, before spooning this entire mixture into a bowl. Pop into the freezer for a few hours and, hey presto, your delicious homemade ice cream is good to go! (You can optionally use an ice cream maker for this particular step). Fancy giving your ice-cream sorbet an added ‘kick’? Then stir in a generous splash of Dutch liqueur, such as Oranjebitter or Safari.
Step 4 – Serve the ice cream
Finally, it’s time to serve your homemade ice cream – remove it from the freezer and leave to stand for approx. 10 minutes, in order that it’s easier to scoop from the bowl. Now divide the ice cream amongst several bowls and top with whipped cream or Dutch fruit of your choice. Yum!
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