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The Ultimate Frozen Dessert BookA Complete Guide to Gelato, Sherbert, Granita, and Semmifreddo, Plus Frozen Cakes, Pies, Mousses, Chiffon Cakes, and More, with Hundreds of Ways to Customize Every Recipe to Your Own Taste
By Bruce Weinstein
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Bruce Weinstein
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Makes about 1 quart (can be doubled for half-gallon machines)
This simple treat is perhaps the most refreshing sherbet in the book -- it was a hit every time we took it somewhere when we were testing recipes. It's worthy of your best dessert wine.
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries (about 12 ounces)
1 ¾ cups whole milk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
- Place the blueberries and ½ cup of the milk in a large blender; blend until fairly smooth, scraping down the sides of the canister as necessary. Blend in the lemon juice and salt; set aside.
- Warm the remaining 1 ¼ cups of milk in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in the sugar until dissolved; cool for 5 minutes. Pour into the blender with the blueberry puree; blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl; refrigerate until well chilled, for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Freeze in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. Serve at once -- or scoop into a large container, seal well, and store in the freezer for upto 1 month; soften at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.
Add any of the following to the blender with the blueberry puree:
1 peeled ripe banana, 2 tablespoons gold rum, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, or ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg.
And/or reduce the milk to 1 cup and mix ¾ cup buttermilk with the remaining milk before proceeding with the recipe.
Makes 6 servings
This classic frozen terrine has become a staple of Italian restaurants. Still, it's never as good as when you make your own gelato and fill the molded dessert with fresh whipped cream spiked with candied fruit.
1 quart Chocolate Gelato (page 30), or 1 quart purchased chocolate ice cream
1 pint Pistachio Gelato (page 82, half the recipe), or 1 pint purchased pistachio ice cream
¾ cup cold heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioners' (or "powdered") sugar
¼ cup chopped glacéed cherries
- Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, pushing it into the pan's corners but also leaving enough excess over the sides that it can later be folded across the top to seal the pan.
- Soften the chocolate gelato or ice cream by placing it in a large bowl and mashing it with the back of a wooden spoon, just until spreadable. Spread this softened gelato or ice cream into the prepared loaf pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly but leaving a wide trough in the middle of the pan. Place the pan in the freezer to chill for 1 hour.
- Use the same technique as in step 2 to soften the pistachio gelato or ice cream. Again, spoon it into the loaf pan and use a rubber spatula to smooth it across the bottom and sides, making an even coating but leaving a hole in the middle of the terrine. Put the pan back in the freezer.
- Beat the cream and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until firm but not yet dry and buttery. Fold in the glacéed cherries. Spoon this cream into the space still open in the loaf pan, smoothing it across the top to cre-ate a layer of white that encases the terrine. Seal with the excess plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. The spumoni will stay this way for up to 2 weeks.
- To serve, peel back the plastic wrap and turn the loaf pan upside down on a serving platter or cutting board.Wipe the pan with paper towels soaked with hot water and wrung fairly dry (so as to have hot towels without the water that could make the terrine soggy). Gently lift off the loaf pan; remove all plastic wrap. Slice with a serrated knife as you would a loaf of bread; serve on a plate with a fork.
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