A hot summer's day begs for
something cold. Oh, we could sip on a cold drink but nothing says
'Summer' like a bowl of homemade ice cream. So try this delicious
Orange Ice Cream that is perfect on its own, or with fresh fruit.
I adapted this Orange Ice
Cream recipe from Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's delightful book "Cross Creek
It is so easy to make as it's doesn't use a custard base. So that
means it does not
contain eggs, only cream, freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice, sugar and
vanilla extract. So there is no 'cooking' involved; just mix all the
ingredients together, chill in the refrigerator, and then process in your
ice cream machine. Think of it as an "iced" cream, as that is how I would
describe its lovely grainy texture (like a sherbet) that has a wonderful
orange citrus flavor.
A few notes on ingredients.
Any variety of sweet oranges can be used to make this ice cream. For
reference, I used about 3 pounds (1.4 kg) of mandarin oranges to produce 2
cups (480 ml) of orange juice. I also like to add a little lemon juice as I
think it enhances the citrus flavor. Cream is the fat that rises to the top
of whole milk. It has a smooth, satiny texture and is labeled according to
its butterfat content (heavy to light). When making this ice cream, use
'Heavy' Cream or Heavy 'Whipping' Cream which means it has a 36 - 40%
butterfat that will double in volume when whipped and hold its form. The other cream used in this ice cream is Half and Half Cream, which
is made of a mixture of cream and whole milk and contains between 10 - 18%
Orange Ice Cream: In a large bowl
or measuring cup combine all the ingredients. Cover and place in
the refrigerator until it is completely cold (several hours or
mixture to the container of your ice cream machine and
process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once made,
transfer the ice cream to a chilled container and store in the freezer.
If the ice cream becomes too hard, place in the refrigerator for about
30 minutes before serving so it can soften.
Makes about 3 cups (720
Preparation time 30 minutes.
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