Friday, July 10, 2009

Ease on down the Via Veneto

Summertime is finally upon us in New England. It certainly took long enough! We better enjoy it while it lasts because we all know that fall is just around the corner.

Nothing is better on a hot and humid day than a super cool frosty treat. I had some leftover limes and thought I'd try making my own Italian ice. I found this recipe on the Food Network website by Sunny Anderson and it is super easy and delicious. If you're feeling adventurous, I bet it would taste darn good with a little splash of tequila!

Lime Italian Ice (from the Food Network, by Sunny Anderson)
Makes 4 cups
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Blue & yellow food coloring, optional
  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water.
  2. Place another bowl inside so it's surrounded on all sides by the ice water.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil.
  4. When sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add lime juice.
  5. Pour into bowl sitting in the ice bath to cool lime mixture, about 15 minutes.
  6. Pour mixture into a 10 by 12-inch baking dish
  7. Put in the freezer.
  8. 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.
  9. Put back into the freezer for another 1 1/2 hours.
  10. Before serving, scrape again using the fork.

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