Hurray for lack of creative and clever titles!
I have discovered two new loves in the frozen aisle of my local grocer, a place to stray to only on those bad nights where ya need a little dairy pick-me-up, and fell in love.
One ice cream, one gelato, but I have also found that when neither is available, or when the nutrition label on these bad boys freak the living daylights out of you, opting for your own, homemade Italian Ice is refreshing and rejuvenating. It’s simple, yet classic, and can be manipulated for many other flavors. I’m thinking pomegranate next, but for the first run through, I went with the classic lime. I also chose to serve a little of it in a shot glass (perhaps a hint to next time add a splash of tequila!) and shaved a bit of chocolate on top to finish it off.
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup lime juice
Fill a large bowl with ice water. Place another bowl inside so it’s surrounded on all sides by the ice water.
In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. When sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add lime juice.
Pour into bowl sitting in the ice bath to cool lime mixture, about 15 minutes.
Pour mixture into a 10 by 12-inch baking dish that’s sitting on a sheet tray and put in the freezer. After 1 1/2 hours, remove from freezer and scrape the ice with a fork, being sure to mix the softer center with the more frozen outer edges. Put back into the freezer for another 1 1/2 hours.
Before serving, scrape again using the fork.