Plum, Basil & Lime Ice Cream Recipe | Abel & Cole

Plum, Basil & Lime Ice Cream

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Serves4-8 people
Plum, Basil & Lime Ice Cream

Summer plums make unlikely chums with fragrant basil and tangy lime for this refreshing pink ice cream. Perfect served with stewed summer fruits, in a cone or simply served on its own.


  • 400g plums
  • 175g sugar
  • A handful of basil, leaves only
  • 1 lime, zest only
  • 300ml double cream
  • 100g natural yogurt

Prep: 20 mins + freezing | Cook: 10 mins

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1. Tumble the plums into a pan and pour in 50ml cold water. Set over a moderate heat and bring to the boil, then cover the pan and reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10 mins, or till the flesh of the plums is very soft.
2. While the plums cook, tip thesugar into a food processor and add the basil leaves. Grate in the lime zest and blend till everything is finely chopped together and you are left with a vibrant green sugar.
3. When the plums are cooked, pour the contents of the pan into a sieve held over a large bowl. Use a wooden spoon to push the plums through the sieve till only the stones and skinns are left. Discard them. Tip the basil sugar into the sieved plum flesh and stir well till dissolved.
4. Pour the double cream into a separate bowl and whisk till firm.
5. Stir the yogurt through the plums till fully incorporated, then add the double cream. Whisk everything together till well mixed and thick. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to churn. No ice cream mixer? Pour into a freezerproof tub and freeze till solid, stirring with a fork every 2 hrs to break up any ice crystals till the ice cream is smooth. Store in a freezerproof tub in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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