Jackie: If there's one food that says summer, it has to be ice cream. We're very lucky to have a large cherry tree in the garden and it's full of cherries. They look and taste great, so today, I'm making cherry ice cream.
This is the first time to make this ice cream so it's a bit of an experiment really. So first I remove the stones to have about 650 grammes of cherry skins. These I put in a blender and blend until smooth. Next, I sieve the cherries into a plastic beaker: I only want the cherry juice. No skins or anything else. So, my 650 grammes of cherries I started with gives me 400ml of pure cherry juice.
So next I add the sugar er... 150 grammes of sugar, followed by the cream. I think 200ml of cream is enough for this ice cream. And for more flavour I add a spoonful of cassis, well actually maybe two spoons. Now, this is all whisked together.
So the total amount is 700ml, perfect, because I'm going to put all of this in our ice cream machine but first of all it needs to cool so 30 minutes in the fridge.
So now it's all ready to make ice cream. The machine needs to be turning before the mixture goes in so I give it one more whisk, pour it in, carefully, trying not to spill anything. So the ice cream machine is now turning for about 40 minutes for this um... and during that time the mixture becomes much thicker and there is a lot more volume.
Now I pour the mixture into a plastic container, one suitable for a freezer. It's a little bit runny, perhaps there was too much cassis. Anyway, I pop the lid on and it goes in the freezer and because it's quite runny I'm going to leave it for 24 hours.
So, wow, the ice cream is set, that's good. Er... it looks good but how does it taste? Well, you have to believe me. It is just wonderful; the taste of summer.