Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Berry Ice Cream Treats

My family always gets together over the 4th of July to celebrate our freedom. We take in a parade, have a potluck, fireworks of course, etc! It has been tradition for years that someone would make Great-Grandma Zelda's "Ribbon Salad" (recipe coming soon!) but this year I wanted to try something different. This is what I came up with!

Berry Ice Cream Treats
- strawberry sorbet
- vanilla ice cream
- blackberries (or blueberries)
- 1 packet of Stevia (or Splenda)

Thaw the strawberry sorbet until it is soft enough to line a custard dish. Place in the freezer until frozen well. Repeat this process with vanilla ice cream and layer over the sorbet. Freeze.

Meanwhile, place fresh blackberries in a dish and sprinkle with 1 packet of Stevia. Smash berries with a fork until it's pureed. Let the berries sit for about 15 minutes in the fridge while the dish is freezing. Spoon berries into the layered custard dish and freeze.

To serve: dip the bottom of the custard dish into a bowl of very hot water.
**You want to dip it for only a few seconds as sorbet thaws quickly.**
Tip the custard cup upside down on your seving plate. Once it releases from the cup it is ready to serve.

Serving::  This is where you get to be creative and make this dish your own! These can be served alone, on  short cakes, decorated with piped whipped cream, or with fresh fruit and so on.

Options::  If you are serving larger groups and don't want to use custard cups, use a bundt pan or any type of decorative bowl! Depending what dish you use, there are other ways of releasing your goodness to serve. You might laugh but use a small torch and heat the outside slightly while it is placed upside down on the serving platter, it works!

This recipe can be used with any type of sorbets, ice creams, or fruits to fit the theme of your party. Your guests are going to love it and want to know how you made it.


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