Posts Tagged ‘sorbet

16
Jul
10

Electrolux #splits: Split from Tradition

Perfectly decadent summer treat

Many of you regular readers may have noticed the nifty badges to the right.  That’s right, Vampire Gran is  now a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher. Yay!  That said, I am joining with other Foodbuzz publishers in helping to raise money for OCRF, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Foodbuzz has teamed with Electrolux and actress Kelly Ripa to raise money for OCRF.  For more information about this important cause, please go to Kelly Confidential

Foodbuzz has a little something they like to call Top 9 Takeover.  They ask all of us Featured Publishers to construct a post around a theme, then for one day only, all Top 9 posts reflect that theme.  Sounds pretty straight forward. 

How am I contributing to OCRF, you may wonder?  Well, here’s something pretty cool.  For every Banana Split posted by a Featured Publisher created by July 16th, Foodbuzz will contribute $50.00 to OCRF.  So, by tempting you all with my wicked goodness, I am helping ovarian cancer research.  My ovaries would probably thank me, if I had any! 

I opted for using zero fat sorbet instead of traditional ice cream

Katie and I have been eating so healthy these days that the thought of a traditional Banana Split kinda gave me nightmares.  Since I am a total newbie to Foodbuzz and I really, really wanted to participate in this challenge, I decided to make my entry a more healthy version of the soda fountain staple.   My banana split is a  Tropical Treat.  Tropical, Raspberry and Mango sorbets with layers of banana and a fresh pineapple, mango, peach salsa.  I topped it off with a not-so-healthy swirl of coconut whipped cream, toasted almonds and a beautiful Bing cherry! 

The only thing with fat in it, Coconut Whipped Cream. Oh, yeah!

 Here’s how I made the fruit salsa: 

Start with a sweet, fresh pineapple

I actually had the produce guy at Safeway cut a couple pineapples to try before I purchased one.  A lot of people don’t know that you can do this, ya know.  Trust me, I work in a grocery store.  They would rather have you try before you buy so they have a happy customer. 

Chop the pineapple up as fine or as chunky as you like

The produce man picked out a great mango for me. 

Perfectly sweet and juicy mango. Yum!

Remove the pit and peel and start chopping. 

Chop the same as the pineapple

I also bought a decent peach.  I really love summer fruit. 

summertime = peaches

Combine the fruit and chill

I added a little honey to make it a wee bit more saucy and a pinch sweeter.  

Slice a banana and whip some cream

After you whip and sweeten your heavy cream, fold in a couple handfulls of sweetened, shredded coconut.  I used a large pastry tip to pipe my cream on top of  my banana split, but you could also use a spoon. 

You will not miss the ice cream or sugary sauces, trust me

I put a few slices of banana in first because I want that last bite to contain banana.  Next I added a scoop of tropical sorbet.  Top with fruit salsa and a few more banana slices.  Scoop of raspberry sorbet, more salsa and banana.  Mango sorbet, salsa and banana.  Top with coconut whipped cream, toasted almond slices and a cherry on top.  Viola!  A banana split that won’t split your pants. 

I can't help it, I just want you to keep looking at it

10
Sep
09

Asian Pear Sorbet

This has been an exciting summer for us.  We moved into our current home in March of this year.  One of the fun things about new surroundings is discovering what springs forth from the earth during each season.  The spring brought us all types of flowers (and lots of weeds!!!).  The summer we were blessed with fruit.  Two types of plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and Asian pears grew in abundance.

This tree is loaded with juicy goodness

This tree is loaded with juicy goodness

What does one do with so many Asian pears?  Well, of course give a lot away to co-workers, friends and neighbors.  But what about something cool and sweet?  What about sorbet!

This recipe I came up with is so simple, if you have an ice cream maker.  This is all I did.

ASIAN PEAR SORBET

4 lbs Asian pears

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tbsp vanilla paste or 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped

water

Peel and core Asian pears.  Place in a large pot.  Cover with water.  Stir in sugar and vanilla paste/beans.  Bring to a boil then lower heat to a hard simmer.  Cook until pears are tender, about 45 minutes.  Remove pears with a slotted spoon and continue simmering the liquid until it reduces to half the original amount. Combine pears and syrup and allow to cool until slightly warm.  Place pears and syrup in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  Place in a bowl or plastic covered container and chill overnight in the refrigerator.  The next day,using the Asian pear puree,  follow your ice cream maker instructions to make sorbet.  Mine took about 30 minutes.

A cool offering to beat the summer heat

A cool offering to beat the summer heat

The delicate flavor of the Asian pear teamed with the intoxicating vanilla bean are a perfect match.  I hope you try this recipe because it truly is a winner.




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