Sunday, February 19, 2012

Blood Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream


Growing up, we both adored orange creamsicles.  With its bright citrus exterior and creamy vanilla interior, it was happiness on a stick.  It has been many years since I have had one of those frozen treats.  Recently, when I came across a pile of beautiful blood oranges at a local farmers market, I knew exactly what needed to be done with them – a blood orange creamsicle ice cream as an ode to one of my favorite childhood treats.  With its bright and fresh citrus flavor mixed with the warm notes of vanilla, it is like a taste of sunshine, the perfect way to pretend it’s summer outside…  After all, blood oranges are only around winter and spring ;-)

Ingredients
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
zest from 4 blood oranges
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
juice from 4 blood oranges

Instructions
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk the cream, milk, sugar, salt, and orange zest.  Stir until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.  Take off heat and stir in vanilla extract and orange juice.  Chill.  Churn in ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.  It is best eaten right after churning, otherwise take it out of the freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

19 comments:

  1. This really does sound delicious. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  2. I just bought some blood oranges. I love this presenatation!

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  3. I bet this is way better than the creamsicles of my youth! I like your presentation too! So cute.

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  4. Love this idea and that looks so good and pretty!

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  5. Oh..I love citrus flavor in my ice cream..love that scoop in the orange peel!

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  6. This looks so nice and creamy, I like it!

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  7. Creamsicles were always the best growing up during the summer! I love the little scoop of ice-cream in the orange, love your recipe!!

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  8. As a kid I used to love ice-cream presented in fruit balls. Then it was all about the presentation, now I'm all about how good this must taste!

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  9. I grew up eating creamsicles, too. That orange/cream combination is hard to beat on a hot day. Your ice cream sounds just wonderful. I love the presentation in the orange rind. I have enjoyed so many new-to-me citruses now that I live in Florida, blood oranges being one of them. I love the sour-sweet flavor and that gorgeous RED!

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  10. I'm not sure I've ever had a creamsicle! I love how it's inside the blood orange though, sounds great.

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  11. What a beautiful presentation!! You've reminded me to pick up some blood oranges...I've just discovered them and I'm in awe of their gorgeous color :)

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  12. This really puts me in the mood for summer! I'd love to just grab a spoonful right through the screen. :D

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  13. What a great way to use blood oranges! I bet the flavor was fantastic.

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  14. This ice cream must taste amazing with the flavor of blood oranges. I do love cream and fruit and you have showcased this ice cream so well. Very enticing and creative. Impressive post-I will have to make it, my imagining the flavor just doesn't cut it. Yum!

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  15. Oh wow, I have never eaten anything like this, but it looks amazing! The creamsicle flavor is always so comforting, and with all these fresh and homemade ingredients...oh gimme some!

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  16. I love the way you have presented the ice- cream . Very creative. I am sure it tastes fantastic!

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  17. Nice ice cream! Here in New Zealand I cannot find blood oranges, but in Italy they are the best!!

    Thank you for visiting and following, I will follow you too :-)

    Ciao and happy weekend
    Alessandra

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  18. This sounds delicious! Love that you served the ice cream within the orange peel.

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