February means figs around here, and this year our tree has given us a beaut crop. We've been eating and jamming heaps of figs, but my favourite figgy treat is fig sorbetto. The recipe is so simple. Here it is:
Destalk 12 figs.
Roughly chop and place in a food processor along with 200g caster sugar, 200ml cream , juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Process to a puree.
If you have an ice cream maker, use that to churn. (Otherwise, place in a container and put into the freezer for 3 hours. Then remove the ice cream and beat to remove ice crystals and replace in fridge).
Freeze for a few hours before serving.
How easy can ice cream get? And it tastes amazing. I reckon you could replace the figs with 500g strawberries, mangoes, poached peaches. Maybe even bananas, although I don't imagine the colour will be too appetising...
Ice cream makers I guess are in that category of appliances that could be considered in danger of being superfluous - you know, those appliances you buy because they seem like a good idea but you never use. But I love my ice cream maker, and use it often to the point where we haven't bought ice cream for about...oh,eight years or so. It's right up there with my food processor and stand mixer.