Fresh Lime Ice With Berries
I don't like hot weather at all. Anything above 90 degrees is pushing it for me. This 100 degree heatwave we've been having has really been testing my limits. However, in an effort to be positive and go with the flow, I've tried telling myself that I love the hot weather. If you say it enough times it must be true, right?
When I'm wheeling my grocery cart across the blacktop in the middle of the day, with two kids hanging on me, I tell myself the heat feels wonderful. After all, I love hot weather.
When I get in my car and the temperature gauge says 120F I tell myself it's good for my character. You just gotta tough these things out sometimes, right? When the kids start whining about the heat I tell them the same thing. I chuckle to myself because they love it when I tell them things like that.
When I get home and it's time to carry in all the groceries (and the back of my shirt is already soaked with sweat) I tell myself I should just be thankful to have groceries to carry in the house.
For the past two months I've tried convincing myself that I love the heat. I was successful in my endeavor until this past Thursday. On Thursday I was walking out of the grocery store and I literally reached my melting point. It was crazy stupid hot and miserably humid. I felt like laying down and having a temper tantrum just like my five year old. Right then and there I decided I was going to quit lying to myself. The fact is I just can't stand the heat.
So, for the rest of the summer I'm hiding inside. The only reason I'm going outside is to check the mail or walk to my car. On the off chance I'm forced to brave the great outdoors you will find me rewarding myself with something really cold like this super icy refreshing lime ice. This lime ice stays really cold. Almost too cold to eat. It's the stuff of dreams on a hot summer day.
Fresh Lime Ice with BerriesAdapted from Mexican Everydayby Rick BaylessServes 4-6
5 to 6 large limes (or enough to make 3/4 cup lime juice)1 cup sugar1/3 cup corn syrup2 to 3 cups fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries for garnish
Grate the zest (colored part only) of 2 of the limes and scrape into a large bowl. (If the zest is in large pieces, finely chop it.) Juice the limes, measure 3/4 cup and pour it in with the zest. Add the sugar, corn syrup and 1-3/4 cups water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Pour the mixture into the canister of your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. The ice will have the best texture if you transfer it from the ice cream maker into a container and let it firm up for several hours in the freezer. The ice is best eaten within 24 hours. Scoop it into small dishes and sprinkle with the berries.
Alternatively, pour the mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, slide it into the freezer and "still-freeze" the mixture - stir it thoroughly after 45 minutes, then twice more at 15 minute intervals. It's that easy, (This is my preferred method for making any fruit ice. I think the texture is so much better than using your ice cream maker).
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