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Orange Sour Cream Gelato + A Morning in the Orchard

October 13, 2015

This is the first of three entries into the #fordthinking challenge for Kidspot’s #voicesof2015

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So, a really good thing happened last week. Get this, I was given a new Ford Everest Titanium for 6 weeks (plus fuel!) to take on some adventures and write some words. I know right? I can barely believe how lucky I am.

I instantly knew I wanted to use the car to go places I had never been before. There was no way I was wasting the experience by taking it grocery shopping, amirite?

First adventure up was this past Sunday morning, with a trip to an Orchard with my best friend.

Can I just tell you, finding an orchard at this time of year was not easy. After some heavy googling and some serious consideration of a four hour drive to pick cherries in Young, NSW, I finally found one. And get this, fifteen minutes from my house. There’s something to be said about our own backyards, right?

We packed the boot of the Everest with a french shopping basket and vintage apple crate and drove to Schofields Orchard because: hashtag hipster.

Orange and Sour Cream Gelato + A Morning in the Orchard

Schofields Orchard is located in Richmond, NSW which is about an hour from Sydney’s CBD. The Hawkesbury region is well known for it’s produce and as a local I am embarrassed to admit I didn’t know so many pick-your-own orchards were close by. I’m sorry, I promise I’ll do better.

Schofields sell their home grown navels and mandarins from May until October each year. You can pick a bag full your own navels for $20 like us, or buy a box from their roadside stall.

After paying for our bag to collect our oranges we wandered off through the rows of citrus, collecting as many navels as we could. As you can probably tell, Kim did most of the picking {sorry, taking photos}.

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After showing the friendly man our extra bag to prove we weren’t stealing any fruit, we packed our haul into the back of the Everest and headed home with a new appreciation for those who work in heavily fertilised environments. Grateful for orange blossoms is all I’m sayin’.

The drive back to Kim’s house was about twenty minutes of windy roads so we decided to take the opportunity to brainstorm aisle songs for her upcoming wedding.

The SYNCTM 2  technology in the Everest meant she could connect her iPhone via Bluetooth without even reading the manual and play me some of the contenders. Some devices even allow you search for music and tune the radio with your voice. Sweet.

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FYI, she is still undecided between and XO by Beyonce and Better Together by Jack Johnson. No surprise I am 100% in favour of Bey.

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Before we even picked the oranges, we had already decided we wanted to re create an orange sour cream gelato we had eaten together recently. As we pulled up in the driveway though, I noticed an elder flower tree, just beginning to bloom. So, some impromptu orange and elder flower cordial was on the cards, too. Much to Kim’s disgust because she is convinced it’s not an elder flower tree. Whatevs.

We unpacked our oranges the car {easily with the power tailgate!} and got busy in the kitchen. The cordial was super simple. I heated equal parts orange juice, water and sugar in a saucepan and poured it over the elder flower and a sliced orange. It’ll steep for a few days, then get strained and go in the fridge.

The gelato is just as easy. No custard required. Just a whiz in the blender and a churn in the ice cream machine. I’d bet this would be just fine as a no churn version, too. The sour cream gives it an almost cheesecake taste. It’s a game changer, I promise.

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Orange Sour Cream Gelato
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 300g sour cream
  2. 250mL cream
  3. 3/4 cup caster sugar
  4. zest of an orange
  5. 150mL orange juice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and slightly aerated.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream churner and churn according to the instructions with your ice cream maker.
  3. Once the mixture is the consistency of soft serve, pour into a baking dish or cake tin and cover with cling wrap that touches the mixture.
  4. Freeze over night or for 6 hours, then it's ready to eat!
Adapted from The Beeroness
Adapted from The Beeroness
erin made this http://erinmadethis.com/
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I can’t wait for my next pick your own adventure. It’ll be a couple of months off yet, must get through these oranges! If you want to pick YOUR own {because let’s face it, it’s worth it just for the instagram pics} I found this site super helpful. Not in NSW? This international site is also really great.


Want to know more about the #fordthinking competition? Click here. I can win a Ford for a year plus some other super sweet things. But don’t worry, all words are still my own. Thank you Ford and Kidspot for helping me create great content.


 

Have you ever been fruit picking? What did you do with ALL THE FRUIT?

26 thoughts on “Orange Sour Cream Gelato + A Morning in the Orchard

  1. merilyn

    oh my erin! … you are a great photographer!
    what a lovely gelato, day in the orchard and driving a new car with French basket!
    very hipster!
    didn’t know oranges would still be on the trees!
    I don’t have an icecream maker but i’ll go to any lengths to experiment with ice creams!
    i’m glad I found your blog via jen @styling curvy!
    enjoy your day hun! love m:)X

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    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Thanks so much Merylin! Soooo hispter I can’t deal haha. I think this would work fine without an ice cream maker.

      I am so happy you like it here. Hope you had a great day too xxxx

      Reply
  2. Sneh | Cook Republic

    Your blog is fast becoming my happy place :-). I am so in love with the vibe you have going on here and I have now made a couple (few) of your recipes and they are always spot on. Thank you for putting so much beauty in your posts! xx

    Reply
    1. erinmadethis Post author

      Sneh I could cry! Thank you so much. I love my blog too! haha.

      Let’s cook something together soon!? xx

      Reply
  3. Claudia Brick

    Oooh, love the idea of a sour cream gelato – that little bit of cream cheese tanginess sounds gorgeous. Absolutely stunning photos too – both the gelato and the orchard, looks like such a fun day (and getting to drive an awesome car for 6 weeks?? Jeeaaalous!!). Hope you have a lovely rest of your week! X

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    1. erinmadethis Post author

      It is seriously a cross between a frozen yoghurt and cheese cake! Thanks so much Claudia. I am so pumped and so lucky! x

      Reply
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