Inspired by Stendhal? Black and Red Currant Ice Cream Recipe from Foolproof Freezer Cookbook

Third taste of Foolproof Freezer Cookbook (Kyle Books, USA edition, August 2012) by Ghillie James has summer treat spelled all over it.

Black and Red Ice Cream

2 and 1/2 cups black currants

heaping 1 and 1/2 cups red currants

4 tablespoons sloe gin or apple juice

1 and 1/2 (14-ounce) cans lowfat or regular condensed milk

3 cups plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

4 meringue cookies or meringue cups, lightly crushed (optional)


I thought it would be nice to make an ice cream with red currants as they seem to be overlooked for desserts. You could make this with just black currants if you like, but a mixture works better than red currants on their own. The fruits can be cooked from frozen if you have not bought them fresh. Eat it within a couple of weeks, as it tends to lose its texture if you leave it for too long.

Makes about 2 quarts 

In a saucepan, place the black currants, red currants, gin, or juice and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the currants look like they have more or less burst, strain through a strainer over a bowl and, using a spatula, push all the puree through. Let the puree cool.

Using a hand mixer, whip the cream until floppy, then beat in the condensed milk and berry puree. Using a spoon, fold in the meringue (if using) and turn into a 2-quart container.

Place in the freezer for at least 4 to 5 hours, or until frozen.

Remove 20 minutes or so before eating and let stand in a cool place.

Turn out onto a plate and cut into slices.

(* Recipe from Foolproof Freezer Cookbook by Ghillie James-Kyle Books, US Edition, August 2012-reproduced with permission- Photography by Tara Fisher)

Previous Post

Walked up and down Cordes, Rennes le Chateau and along Canal du Midi after recovering from Jetlag

Aug 26
After recovering from jetlag, I have walked up and down Cordes, visited Musee de la Chapellerie in Esperaza (did you know that Indiana Jones and John Wayne hats were made in the area), Rennes le Chateau, Carcassonne old city in past couple of days and along Canal du Midi after recovering from Jetlag. So I have been quietly busy. (* Photo of Musee de la Chapellerie from Aude Cathare site)
Next Post

Found Serenity at French Gardens of Palais de La Berbie near Musee Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi

Aug 31
In past 8 days, while my writing has been spotty, I must have taken a couple hundred photos of places in and around Toulouse. Yesterday morning i paid a visit to Albi. We started with tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec followed by a walk through the French gardens of Palais de la Berbie where the museum is located. I found serenity thanks to wonderful views of the Tarn river and the city.