Monday, April 27, 2015

Homemade Strawberry Italian Ice

Spring is finally here and the Farmer's Market is open and abundant with all of the yummy things Spring has to offer.  I love it when strawberries are in season and are the biggest, brightest, freshest red.  Nothing beats fresh strawberries, and while they are perfectly wonderful by themselves, they have lots of versatility.  My husband is a huge Italian food fan.  I try to fix at least one or two Italian meals per week.  And when there is an internationally appropriate dessert to go with it, even better.  Last week I made Arancini with Meat Sauce  (recipe coming soon.)  After dinner Mr. Devilish Dish finished up with his usual, "Good dinner Mom.  What's for dessert?" Usually my reply is, "You just stuffed yourself with a home cooked meal, you don't need dessert."  But not this time.  My reply was, "Homemade Strawberry Italian Ice."  And it was delicious and refreshing and easy and a brilliant red from fresh strawberries. 

Homemade Strawberry Italian Ice
made with fresh strawberries!

Homemade Strawberry Italian Ice

1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup very hot water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice

Roughly chop berries and puree in a food processor.  Force through a food mill or fine sieve to remove seeds.  Dissolve sugar in hot water.  Set aside to cool.  Combine strawberry puree, sugar syrup, lemon and orange juices.  Place in a shallow freezer-proof dish and freeze until firm.  Once frozen, scoop and serve.  Enjoy.

Prep Time:  Approximately 25 minutes     Cook Time: 0 needs to freeze

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