Autumn fruits give the taste of success

Jacke Maxwell, from Doddington Dairy, picking apples.
Jacke Maxwell, from Doddington Dairy, picking apples.

TWO new ice cream flavours have been launched, inspired by the season of mellow fruitfulness.

Doddington Dairy has created two new ice creams – Orchard Plum and Vintage Apple and Cinnamon – specially for historic Cragside House.

Both flavours combine the farm’s own milk with vintage fruit from its own orchard, so people visiting the National Trust property who purchase one of these ice creams are guaranteed a product with a provenance from within 30 miles.

The new ice creams will be launched just in time for British Food Fortnight and what could be more typically British than a crisp apple or a ripe juicy plum?

Jackie Maxwell, of Doddington Dairy, said: “On the farm at Doddington, we support the planting of rare varieties and have planted our own orchard with vintage varieties of apples and pears. Many are grafted from rootstock in the Victorian farmhouse garden.

“These are now starting to fruit and we are using some of their produce along with others from around the farm to create the Vintage Apple and Cinnamon ice cream. We are absolutely delighted to be supplying the National Trust at Cragside and we hope that they will be enjoyed by their visitors.”

Doddington Dairy is already well known for its expertise in working with tourist attractions to develop tailor-made ice creams for specific locations.

The new flavours will be delivered to Cragside for the beginning of autumn and will be served in the visitor restaurant.

They have been specifically created to complement their warming autumn crumbles and puddings as well as to be enjoyed on their own.

Cragside is one of the region’s most historic houses and is operated by the National Trust. For an organisation with a stringent policy of using local seasonal foods which support the conservation of the countryside and wildlife, the Doddington Ice Creams are a perfect addition to the menu.

Doddington Dairy is renowned for its range of luxury ice creams made on the family farm in North Northumberland.

Each flavour combines milk from their own dairy herd with the finest of local ingredients. The ice creams are all made using traditional methods and have absolutely no artificial additives or flavourings.