...and just in time, because it's freakin' hot! there will be more many more ice cream posts from the little bird to come in the near future, but here's the tasty frozen treat that i made for a summer sunday afternoon: cantaloupe sorbet.
we got our bi-weekly installment from the tierra miguel csa on wednesday and there was a lovely cantaloupe in our share. i cracked it open this morning for breakfast and it was the juiciest cantaloupe i have ever seen. and the taste was so amazingly sweet. all that juice gave me the idea to make a sorbet. here's the recipe that i cobbled together (experimenting from the recipe for the margarita granita that i made on saturday):
1 c. simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water, briefly boiled, then cooled)
1/2 c. cantaloupe juice
1/2 c. pureed cantaloupe
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vodka
freeze in an ice cream maker and then remove to the freezer for a few hours.
the final product looks creamy like sherbet, but i assure you it there is no milk (the cantaloupe itself was a very light color). the end result was chilly, melon-y goodness, sweet but balanced by the acid in the lemon juice, and a perfect scorching afternoon treat. the official taste tester tried his obligatory spoonful and promptly demanded several more spoonfuls.
only after i was recovering from the brain freeze did i realize that cantaloupe is an anti-oxidant rich food and that i had a perfect entry for sweetnicks' a.r.f./5-a-day tuesday. do be sure to check out her site on tuesday for the roundup of everyone's yummy and good-for-you a.r.f. treats!