Sunday, August 3, 2008

Homemade Vanilla Raspberry Ice Cream and Raspberry Lime Sorbet

Raspberries went on sale last week, and when that happens I leap like a tiger with claws exposed, fangs bared. I snatched up three flats, and we nibbled on them like bottomless buckets of popcorn at the movies. Then comes that moment in the short life of berries, when you've got to freeze or bake or lose them all. What I really wanted to make was some luscious vanilla ice cream, studded with bits of raspberry, but this little girl had other plans: raspberry sorbet. (Please focus on sincere child and ignore messy kitchen.)As a child, my mother generously let me create whatever I wanted in the kitchen. With such memories, I'm forced to repress my urges of "No, dear, I've got a better idea," and "I was saving those for something else," and "Wont' that be quite messy?" and "Wouldn't you rather do a page of pre-calculus?"Compromise trumps sacrifice in the kitchen as well as anywhere, so we made both. And they are brilliant together. Brilliant. Think of a raspberry dreamsicle, with a hint of lime, jewels of fresh raspberry in silky vanilla. Maybe I should listen to my little girl more often. Maybe we could make a great team in the kitchen. Maybe it's time to buy a second ice cream maker.

I'm scooping up our frozen ambrosia for the Sugar High Friday Event, focusing on berry desserts.

Raspberry Sorbet

Estimated Cost: $5.00

Notes: Make these with fresh berries only when you can find them on sale. Otherwise, stick with frozen.

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

3 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen, thawed

1 teaspoon lime zest

1 tablespoon lime juice

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat. When sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat and cool. Meanwhile, blend berries in the bowl of a food processor or blender until smooth. Press through a strainer to remove seeds. Combine syrup, berries, lime zest and juice in the bowl of an ice cream maker. Process according to manufacturer's direction.


Vanilla Raspberry Ice Cream

Estimated Cost: $4.00

Notes: You can play around with this simple vanilla ice cream and add in whatever you please.

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup heavy cream

3 cups milk (low fat is fine)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup slightly crushed raspberries, fresh or frozen

In the bowl of the ice cream maker, combine condensed milk, cream, milk, and vanilla. Process according to manufacturer's directions. Stir in raspberries when ice cream is almost set.
Coming Tomorrow:
Grilled Whole Wheat and Honey Pizza with Tomatoes and Basil
Plus Super Fast Pizza Sauce

30 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I can't wait to try these. I have been on a little of a homemade ice cream kick since I realized how easy it is. Now, I just have to wait for the fresh raspberries- maybe this weekend at the farmers market. We bought some yesterday, but none of them made it home. We ate them all when we were walking around! Great choice by the little one!

Lisa said...

You've got be hooked on finding an ice cream maker! I thought I could find one at Home Goods yesterday but they don't sell them. I will be buying one in the next few days. Any recommendations?

gigi said...

Could I just pay you to make me some? They do look wonderful together. I've never made homemade ice cream myself. My mom made it as we were growing up, but I never wanted to make it myself, until I look at yours.

Catherine said...

How pretty those look together in that blue dish. It reminds me of those 50/50 popscicles. As usual, can't wait to try this one!

1freshstart said...

Okay,
I'm going to the Grocery after church and I'm making this... today.
~The Cat's Pajamas

Aggie said...

Your daughter is adorable!

I have got to get an ice cream maker. That ice cream (and ALL of your ice creams!) look so so good! I can just taste the rasberries!

taffi said...

Must. Buy. Ice Cream. Maker. TOMORROW.

Emiline said...

This is perfect for this time of year! So cool and refreshing.
Looks delicious.

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Oh! its hot here today........sounds really yummy right now!

I am really looking forward to tomorrows recipe!

Hannah

Debinhawaii said...

More ice cream--you are evil! ;-)These both look really good!

Jeena said...

Prudy this looks like something I would buy from an ice cream parlour! Give me my spoon now pleaaase!!!

Prudy said...

Lisa:
I wish I could recommend an ice cream maker. The truth is, I have an "el cheapo" ice cream maker from Target. I've had it for about three years and it's going strong. They have those fab ones from William Sonoma that don't even require ice, but they cost about $100. Good luck!

Marilene said...

i can't believe all the wonderful things you share! thanks for taking the time to share delicous food that is cheap!! yay! i hate spending so much money on one meal.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Who could possibly notice the kitchen when that little sweetie's face is front and center? :) Thank you Prudy and sweet little one for a moist mouth-watering combination of cool treats.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oops. That was supposed to be "most" mouth-watering. :)

Bridgett said...

One of the best inventions was the ice cream maker! lol. Both of these recipes look delicious!

Katie said...

I really need to get myself an ice cream maker!

Marie said...

That tears it! I am bringing my ice cream maker insert to work with me today and popping it into their freezer! (there's no room in the one here at home unfortunately!) Looking forward big time to the pizza!

Beth said...

Raspberry sorbet was the first thing I made in my new ice cream maker. It was fantastic - but I like your recipe with the lime.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Great mother and daughter team! I saw a few time ago an ice-cream maker with 3 churners at the same time. Can you imagine that? You could even have one new flavour for your son! Raspberry and vanilla is good stuff, and you know what's good also? Vanilla ice-cream with raspberry sorbet swirl, yummmmm!

Katherine Aucoin said...

You are an awesome Mom. I know how hard it is to let your child do their thing in your kitchen. I know you are so glad that you compromised. Your ice cream and sorbet look heavenly and I'm think about dusting off our ice cream maker and trying this next weekend.

Candy said...

Yum Yum! I wish I could get my boys to help in the kitchen!

Candy

Jenny said...

Yum Prudy,
Funny, I got a William S. gift card from the ladies at work and was thinking, I'd probably splurge on an ice cream maker. I think your treats would be first on my list!

Sara said...

Holy moly! Your ice cream and sorbet look beautiful! You are so creative!

Nickki said...

I must try this. My son loves raspberry sorbet and yours looks so good :)

Michal said...

must. have. raspberry. ice. cream.

Maria said...

I am so excited to try these recipes. We got the professional Cuisinart ice cream machine for our wedding and we are in love!! My husband's favorite flavor is lime too...he will love these! thanks!

Jaime said...

both look great and your daughter is adorable!

Bridgett said...

Made it tonight (the ice cream, not sorbet). Excellent! What a versatile vanilla!

Marcus Styles said...

This is perfect for this time of year! So cool and refreshing. Looks delicious.