Do you ever think of a food, and then you can’t get it out of your mind? Every once in a while I’ll see a picture or think of a food that I really, really want, and I can’t stop thinking about it until I have some. For some reason, I started thinking about the orange ice cream bars that I used to love as a child. I think maybe they were called dreamsicles, with the orange and vanilla ice cream. And so even though summer is just a happy memory and I’m firmly involved in fall stuff, I was craving ice cream. Of course, I could be craving ice cream with cold winds blowing snow in my face, it really doesn’t matter. So, I turned to the master, David Lebovitz, Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments. As usual, he did not disappoint. The only bad thing I can say is that this was too good. It tasted too much like fresh oranges and where was the fake orange color? I guess there are lots worse things to be said about a recipe than “it was too good”.
Orange Popsicle Ice Cream
From David Lebovitz
2/3 cup sugar
grated zest of 3 oranges (preferably unsprayed)
1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (I used a mix of fresh and from a carton)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons Grand Marnier (I used Triple Sec)
In a blender, pulverize the sugar and the zest until the zest is very fine. My zest was not all that fine, because I was impatient! Add the orange juice, sour cream, half-and-half and Triple Sec and blend until the sugar is dissolved.
Chill thoroughly and then process in your ice cream maker per it’s instructions.