Wednesday, July 13, 2011

frozen summer treats

The temperatures have been creeping up here over the past couple of weeks (although today the high is only 80! so excited!) so I have been making lots of frozen treats. Normally I prefer to bake, but turning on my oven in my tiny kitchen at the moment produces a sauna-like effect unless it's past sunset. I've made homemade sorbet (I purchased this adorable and practical miniature ice cream maker a few weeks ago!), popsicles, and of course, smoothies. Here is a strawberry, orange, banana all-fruit popsicle I made in one of those plastic molds, which reminds me of my grandmother because she would always make them for me out of extra strongly mixed Ovaltine (does anyone still drink that?).

If you like making homemade sorbets and ice creams, might I recommend the new Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home recipe book to you? So far, I've only made the riesling poached pear sorbet, which is my most favorite thing to get when I visit Jeni's, a local Columbus favorite (and for good's the best ice cream or sorbet you've ever had...ever...actually, okay, for me, it's a tie between Jeni's and Gelateria dei Neri, the best gelato in all of Italy, in my opinion...but I think that says a lot) but it was amazing. It turned out in my tiny home ice cream maker exactly the way it tastes at the shop. The recipe book has about a dozen sorbets if you are like me and don't do dairy, and lots more ice cream if you are lucky and can. I highly recommend it if you have an ice cream maker.

1 comment:

another feather said...

I've been wanting to make popsicles all week! yours look great, and that mini icecream maker is so neat! I've never seen something like that.