This recipe needs some work, but came out pretty well first go so I’d like to get a note of how I put it together so that I have something to build on.
- 6 small pears of indeterminate type, cored and finely chopped
- 10 basil leaves
- 1 small piece of preserved ginger in syrup, plus two dessert spoons of the syrup
I froze the pears first, but think another time I’d blend them from fresh. So, blend the pears, in batches if necessary, along with the other ingredients. Transfer to a tub and freeze, without dropping on the floor at any time. Will make about eight scoops – I had to break it down with a metal spoon then stir with a wooden spoon to smooth before serving, to get the texture right.
- gritty texture
- slightly brown colour
- couldn’t be scooped and served without some extra stirring/smoothing action
- use riper pears, or different kind of pears?
- pass through a sieve or muslin before freezing?
- cook pears first?
- add lemon juice, orange juice or lime juice (will this affect the flavour too much?)
- cooking pears may preserve colour better without adding anything
- add xanthan gum to improve stability and reduce ice forming?
- make sure it is packed into the tub so there is a smooth surface to serve from?
- add booze and/or sugar? (based on this recipe, which I only looked at today)
That is really all. Bit of an anticlimax, possibly, but there you have it. A quality product though – I didn’t even give it a stir half way through freezing to break up the ice crystals. I did, of course, drop it on the floor so I suppose a good shaking did the trick, instead…