Christmas Day is generally a sweltering occasion at Gundowring, so Ice Cream Plum Puddings have long been a Crooke Family tradition.
For the past 38 years Sarah and Stephen have been making these puddings for the family, soaking the fruit, roasting the almonds and steeping the chestnuts and vanilla bean in milk collected from their cows. Their recipe comes from the south of France, where chestnuts are a staple of the region. While working as cooks for a family in Cannes in 1974, Sarah stumbled upon a small ice cream churn when shopping for supplies in the backstreets of Nice, and it is here that their ice cream career began.
Our spiced ice cream, a Gundowring regular, is especially good at Christmas. A silky blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice, it sits beautifully beside red fruit salads, mince pies and summer puddings on the Gundowring Christmas table.
This special Christmas treat has become part of the Gundowring collection, using Ovens Valley chestnuts, almonds from the Murray Valley, fruit from South Australia and of course lovely fresh Gundowring milk.
brandy custard ice-cream
A few years ago, we decided to experiment with our other decadent Yuletide indulgence, Brandy Butter. Carefully folding brandy and vanilla in to our anglaise, we fashioned a truly delicious ice cream that can happily sit next to any traditional plum pudding.