24 July, 2012

Nieves with I Heart Cooking Clubs

I love Nieves which are sort of like Sorbet.  The litteral translation is Snow.  You can also have Paletas which are made in popcicle molds but much better!  I make Nieve de Lemon (Lime Sorbet) every week and then Boris douses it in Chamoy his favorite Mexican treat.  So just to be a little bit of a Smarty Pants I made Paletas with Lime and Chamoy.  I love these little molds that we bought at the Tiangis, they are so cute!  As summer is getting into full swing I have been having a lot of fun playing around with different flavors.  Next week I will share a reciepe for Paletas de Tuna (which is the Green Prickly Pear fruit).  I am also thinking of doing something with Strawberries!

But for this week I will share with you my reciepe for Lime Sorbet.  I have scanned many reciepes including Rick Bayless' reciep and put them all into play.  This makes about 2 quarts.

Nieve de Limon
inspired By Rick Bayless Authentic Mexican

8 Key Limes
1 cup Sugar
5 cups Water

Zest 2 of the limes, being careful to only get the green part.  Add to the cup of sugar in a medium sized pot and crush with the back of a spoon to extract some more of the oils.  Sometimes I add a couple leaves of Cilantro if I have some fresh on hand, it adds just a little something something that makes the Sorbet more interesting.  Add to the pot 1 cup of water.  Turn to medium heat and whisk constantly until all of the sugar has disolved.  Let it continue to agressivley simmer away until it reaches a nearly carmalized texture, you will see that the sugar has turned more brown and start to smell a nutty like flavor.

While the sugar is simmering away, juice the 8 limes.  

Turn off the sugar and pour in the remaining 4 cups of water and lime juice, whisk until well blended.

If you have an Icecream machine, follow instructions by the manufacturer.  If not, try this: Pour into a sturdy container with a top, cover and place in the freezer.  If you think about it give it a shake.  If you don't no problem.  You can also pour into your favorite Popcicle mold and freeze as usual.

To serve, scrape with a metal spoon and scoop into a small glass dish.  It is refreshing as is, but if you want to try something different try drizzling with Chamoy like Boris does.

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