Saturday, February 08, 2014

Simple Shaved Ice


I get the winter time blues and can't wait for the warmer temps to come. We have been having ice cream every now and then and while I absolutely love ice cream and will drop everything to go get some I don't want to make a habit of eating it often late at night.  I don't think it's bad I just think I need to moderate it a bit.
I decided I wanted to experiment with some sorbets. I was thinking vegan sorbets would be fun, I have a friend who is experimenting with removing dairy from her diet so I wanted to make something she could eat it.
This tastes a bit like summertime in your mouth and could easily be put into popsicle molds for the kiddos.


I wanted to keep the recipe simple. Simple process, Simple ingredients. But when I took it out of the freezer to try it I couldn't get the scoop in and was a little bummed that my experiment failed. Then I switched ice cream scoops...
My sorbet turned into a shaved ice recipe.  Turned a flop into something new.


I made three different kinds: Mango Strawberry, Berry Mix and Strawberry Lemonade. The Strawberry Lemonade was my favorite. I have literally made myself sick from drinking too many of Red Robin's Speckled Lemonades, Lord have mercy those things are good! So to say that it was my favorite was an understatement. 

You will need:
1 lb of frozen organic fruit thawed (16 oz)
1 1/2 c. of water
Zest of one clean lemon
Juice of 1 organic lemon
3/4 c. organic sugar

1. In a medium sauce pan heat water, lemon juice and sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved let cool for a few minutes.
2. Prepare an open mouth container to pour your mixture in. I used old bred pans with parchment paper place in the bottom so I could easily pull the ice out later if need be.
3. Place frozen fruit in a food processor (or a blender could work) with lemon zest. Blend.
4. Add lemon water mixture into food processor. Blend until smooth.
5. Pour into your open container. Place in freezer. 
6. Once fully frozen you can shave it and eat! Be sure to use a sturdy spoon or ice cream scoop to shave your ice.



I typically use organic ingredients so I feel good about the things I am putting in my body and when you have a gluten sensitivity you can't be too careful.  A lot of ice creams have some foreign ingredients So this was a snack that I could feel good about eating.


-Zon


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