January 25, 2013

Orange-Lemon Ice Cream

Don’t you just love homemade ice cream?  I know what you’re thinking; here we are, shivering in single-digits temperatures and talking about ice cream.  That sounds kinda out of place but no cold season will ever keep me away from ice cream.  After all, it’s summer in the southern hemisphere! 




Truth be told, I’m a bit of a lost case when it comes to ice cream; I usually avoid stuffing the freezer with this temptation since I’m pretty shameless once I get my paws on it; and I could eat it by the ladle and finish the container in one sitting!  Ice cream has that effect on me.  It goes without saying that after I’m done I’m left with a mountain of regret for not being able to control myself.  What can I say – I’m not perfect. 





Anyway…  For someone who loves ice cream as much as I do it took me forever to get serious and finally take a stab at making my own.  So on Black Friday, we acquired an ice cream maker.  Hooray!!!  It had been on my to-buy list for quite a while. 




Now, you would think that I immediately made tons of ice cream once we got it.  Not so much… In fact, the poor thing is still comfortably sitting in the box.  Yep… I have yet to take the ice cream maker out of its box.  Shame on me!  But that hasn’t stopped me from making homemade ice cream.  Which brings me to my next point: sometimes, there’s no stirring, churning or an ice cream maker required to create wonderful homemade ice cream.  And this fantastic Orange-Lemon Ice Cream is here to prove it.





I don’t even know where to begin.  Maybe I should start by telling you that there are only four ingredients in this recipe.  FOUR!  But that doesn’t emphasize how magnificent this ice cream is.  It’s so stunningly delicious, creamy and smooth yet light at the same time with brightly colorful orange and lemon specks that enrich the lovely texture.  One spoonful and your mouth will be coated in an explosion of glorious and sweetly citrusy aroma.  This ice cream is splendid on its own and it’s also a ravishing topper for any bread pudding or a slice of warm, moist cake or whatever dessert you might want to dress up.




Orange-Lemon Ice Cream
Adapted from Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson

Serves:  8 servings




Ingredients:

·         1 large orange
·         2 lemons
·         1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
·         2 ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions:

Grate the zest of the orange and one of the lemons.  Squeeze the juice of the orange and the two lemons and pour into a large bowl with the zest and confectioners’ sugar.  Stir to dissolve the sugar and add the heavy cream.




Using an electric mixer on low speed, whip everything until it holds soft peaks.  Pour into a shallow airtight container (of approximately 2 quarts) with a lid.  Cover and freeze until firm (from 3 to 5 hours).  Remove to ripen for 15-20 minutes (or 30-40 minutes in the refrigerator) before eating.  Serve in a bowl, in cones, with wafers – however you like.  




P.S.:  I do solemnly promise to take the new ice cream maker out of the box and use it to make fancy superb ice cream before too long.




Poftă Bună! (Bon Appétit!)       

25 comments:

  1. Would this not be perfect for summer :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Uru! I think this would be perfect for summer or for any season for that matter :D

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  2. Dana, I'd like to say that you are not alone in your lack of willpower when it comes to ice cream. It makes me feel better knowing that there is someone else who cannot have it in her freezer because it will not last more than 24 hours :) That being said, this wouldn't even last a day. There's something so refreshing about anything citrus-flavored, in warm or cold weather! You may have convinced me I finally need to acquire an ice cream maker...

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    1. Hi Katy! Thank you so much for making me feel better about the ice cream issue :D I love this ice cream and the citrus makes it so light and refreshing regardless of weather :)

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  3. This sounds so bright and cheery! now all I need is a beach, sunglasses, and a margarita!

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    1. Funny!!! :) And you're so right, Andrea. While eating this ice cream I'm also dreaming of a sunny beach :)

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  4. Hey it's prime citrus season right now :) I think this look delish and so rich - the citrus would definitely be a perfect counterpoint.

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    1. Thank you so much! And you're totally right – it's prime citrus season :)

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  5. What bright flavors to cheer up our miserable, gray days! I actually just aquired an ice cream maker (on loan) and have been dying to try lots of new recipes. Thanks for sharing this one, Dana!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alex! This ice cream can definitely put a smile on your face especially on these gray days. And you don't even need an ice cream maker for this one :)

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  6. i could use some citrus ice cream right now! it has been cool and dreary here, this would be the perfect thing to cheer me up!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenn! This ice cream can definitely cheer you up :)

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  7. Looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of citrus. Have you tried Nigella's margarita ice cream? It's incredible.

    I made an obscene amount of ice cream last summer. Good investment, an ice cream maker (although technically I "adopted" mine from my parents' garage).

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    1. Hi Danguole! I love citrus, too. I haven't tried Nigella's margarita ice cream yet, but you've made me very curious and I'll definitely have to give it a try. Thanks so much for the tip! :)

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  8. frumos blog:)) nice to meet you:)

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    1. Multumesc tare mult, Bianca! So nice to meet you, too :) And thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I love that you didn't use an ice cream maker for this recipe. I don't have one yet and it's hard to find ice cream recipes that don't use one!

    Looking forward to trying this! It looks amazing!

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    1. Hi Jewels! Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I think you'll love this recipe. And yes, no ice cream maker needed :)

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  10. Nice to know this ice cream recipe doesn't require a ice cream maker to churn. I made a lot of ice cream last summer... Strangely, we don't eat as much as ice cream as last year. I have to get my ice cream making momentum starting again...

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    1. Hi Zoe! Thank you so much! No ice cream maker needed to make this four-ingredient ice cream :)

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  11. Hi Dana! I tried your orange lemon ice cream recipe over the weekend. It was so easy to make and my family loved it! This ice cream goes perfectly with your spiced apple walnut cake! Laura

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! I'm so happy that you tried the ice cream recipe and that your family loved it :) It's definitely very easy to make, which is always a plus. And I totally agree – this ice cream goes perfectly with the spiced apple walnut cake :)

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  12. Thanks Nigella. This icecream is awesome. I had made this once and am going to try second time on warm moist carrot cake

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  13. This recipe is awesome. I had tried this once and my husband just loved it. I am going to try second time on warm moist carrot cake.

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