Lemon-Scented Ice Milk
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I hope you all are enjoying this special holiday weekend. We had our Easter dinner last evening and this is one of the desserts I made to accompany the Mediterranean-style meal we served. I think you'll find it to be a light and lovely way to end a special holiday dinner. A well-flavored ice milk is a wonderful creations that will refresh, rather than weigh down the palate. This scented ice is a simple dish to prepare but it takes time for the lemon flavor to infuse the milk and it must be properly chilled before it goes into your ice cream maker. The operative word for desserts such as this is cold. That necessitates starting the ice milk the day before you actually need it. I like to serve this treat in frosted parfait glasses with a light drizzle of limoncello, or an absolutely stellar sweet wine sauce that you can find, here. Desserts like this demand a cookie or two to complete them. So, I served the ice milk with madeleines, ginger snaps and a new almond flavored sugar cookie that I will share with you tomorrow. I really hope you'll give this dessert a try. Those of you who do, will not be disappointed. Here's the recipe.
Lemon-Scented Ice Milk ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided use
Zest of 1 large lemon cut into thin strips
1 cinnamon stick
4 large egg whites
1) Combine milk, cream, 2/3 cup sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour into a nonreactive container and refrigerate until icy cold, about 8 to 10 hours. Remove lemon strips and cinnamon stick.
2) Beat egg whites in bowl of an electric stand mixer until soft peaks form. Slowly add remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and continue beating until peaks are shiny. Whisk egg whites into chilled milk mixture. Pour mixture into bowl of an ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturers instructions.
3) About 1/2 to 1 hour before serving, move ice milk from freezer to refrigerator. When ready to serve, place a scoop of ice milk in a parfait glass. Drizzle with limoncello or sweet wine sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
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