Chill Out: Seasonal Fruit Ice Creams

By Tomese Buthod / Photography By E. S. Bruhmann | Last Updated June 01, 2016
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peach sorbet

So, now that we are really into the height of local fruit time, here’s several easy cold ideas for you to consider from no fat, low fat, normal fat. Bonus: no ice cream machine is required.

Seasonal fruit ice creams tie the bow on any meal — or all by themselves

Anyone who has read more than a few of my Edible columns has figured out I love frozen desserts. If I’m stuck on a desert island with only one dessert option, it would definitely be ice cream or one of its cousins.

So, now that we are really into the height of local fruit time, I’ve got several easy cold ideas for you to consider. I’ve got suggestions for no fat, low fat, normal fat — and if making ice cream doesn’t float your boat, I’ve got an amazing berry pie for you and I highly recommend serving it with one of our amazing local ice creams. Right now I’m totally grooving on Bernoulli’s Tahitian Vanilla to go with my fruit pies, but Comfy Cow, HomeMade Pie & Ice Cream, Louisville Cream, Plehn’s, Chaney’s (out of Bowling Green) — and I’m sure I’m leaving out some others, but I think you get the idea! — all have wonderful vanilla versions to accompany your favorite pie.

No ice cream machine is necessary for these recipes, but if you have one, so much the better. I have a Donvier model that I’ve had for over 30 years — I keep the cylinder in my freezer so it is ready whenever the mood strikes, which is pretty often in my house. Used ones are available on eBay for almost nothing, or keep your eye out for one at a local thrift shop.

The three frozen treat recipes each make about one quart.

Peach Sorbet

peach sorbet
This peach sorbet is a wonderful vegan treat: no dairy at all. Serve it with gingersnap cookies so the two flavors can complement one another.

Lemon-Blackberry Ice Cream

lemon-blackberry ice-cream
This fruity combination of lemon ice-cream with blackberry sauce is the perfect summer refresher. This sauce keeps in the fridge for weeks, so make a big batch and put it over anything and everything.

Cherry Limeade Sherbet

cherry limeade sherbert
This cherry limeade sherbet treat was created in an attempt to replicate the flavor from Braum's Ice Cream. The result is quite tart and light.

Berry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

berry pie with cornmeal crust
This cornmeal crust is great for a berry pie — it’s not sweet, but has a sandy cookie texture that works well with juicy berries.

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