Wednesday 4th March 2009Boysenberry and Manuka Honey Semifreddo
Growing up I became renowned for my love of Boysenberry Ice cream. Friends whom I made on frequent camps and tramping trips all knew me as "Bouncy Bronnie who loves Boysenberry Ice cream"
It all started with one of those darn awful "icebreaker" games we were often humiliated with at the beginning of the weekend. There was this one in particular where you repeated each member's name and then their like, naturally enough with the type of friends I made these "likes" were all about food... "this is Penny and she likes Pavlova, that's Rory and he likes Deep-fried Mars bars, 'til finally... my name is Bron and I love Boysenberry ice cream."
On the way home from camp we normally would stop and disembark the van, popping into a corner dairy for refreshments. Naturally I couldn't resist the temptation of you guessed it... Boysenberry Ice cream and ever since it has stuck, except thankfully that "Bronnie" part! Which has been replaced by the more mature Bron!
(N:B Anyone who values any sort of relationship with me won't dare call me "Bronnie" - I'm sure you'd understand if you also had a nickname that created unhappy feelings, as "Bronnie" does for me!)
So "Bronnie" has gone, but those Boysenberries certainly have not! Besides I'm not the only one who loves Boysenberries, in actual fact "Boysenberry" is New Zealand's number #1 fruit flavoured ice cream. They are often utilised in many different dairy products here, including yoghurts and smoothies, however they are equally good in jelly, jams, pies and in fact all kinds of desserts. They have quite an unique flavour, colour and size for berries, being a cross between a loganberry and blackberry and approximately 8 grams each in weight.
All Berries are naturally full of vitamins and minerals, Boysenberries are also packed full of antioxidants and dietary fibre. New Zealand is now the leading producer and World exporter of boysenberries. They grow here through Summer from Mid December - February.
It's probably not surprising then, given my love, that I have a super simple recipe for a creamy frozen Boysenberry treat. Here I've combined Boysenberries with something else that is uniquely Kiwi. Manuka honey! Again this honey has a quite unique and different flavour, it can be a teensy bit bitter on it's own so I've added a little sugar too, to help balance the palate. As the boysenberries are so large I also suggest slicing them into thirds before you fold them through the Semifreddo. One last thing and yet another bonus of this recipe is that you don't need a ice cream maker, simply a strong arm or an electric beater.
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