Not Your Mama's Frozen Desserts

Tangerine Creamsicle Float

 

Cool down with an icy, refreshing treat, preferably one that blends unusual but ingenious flavor combinations or intriguing techniques (like creamy sorbet you make in the food processor).

 

Tangerine Creamsicle Float

For her spin on the classic soda shop float, pastry chef Megan Romano combines the iconic flavors of a creamsicle with the frothy, bubbly texture of a New York-style egg cream soda.

 

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae

Candied peanuts and popcorn. Rich fudge sauce. Homemade salted caramel ice cream. Cindy Bearman of ABC Kitchen shows us how it's done.

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Recipe: Food-Processor Sorbet

Recipe for Cantaloupe and Sun Tea Sorbet, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

A refreshing sorbet can be one of summer's greatest delights. Yanking the ice cream maker out of storage, playing freezer Tetris to make room for the bowl, and waiting hours for it to chill? Not so delightful. But it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to a technique we've learned from Jeni Britton Bauer, frozen dessert whiz and founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, we can just reach for our food processors.

 

To make food-processor sorbet, start with granita: pour your base into a shallow baking dish and place it in the freezer. As the mixture crystallizes, rake with it a fork to break up the ice. (The pros call this still-freezing.) When it's completely frozen, transfer the granita to a food processor and blend until smooth. In the words of Bauer, "This will yield an exceptionally smooth sorbet."

 

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Recipe: Cherry–Pinot Noir Sorbet with Ginger

 

This refreshing, crimson sorbet from Jason Stoller Smith of Oregon's Timberline Lodge combines the soulful sweetness of summer cherries with the luscious and earthy flavors of Pinot Noir. A teaspoon of grated ginger adds a bracing undercurrent of spice. Get the recipe here

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Recipe Roundup: Chinese New Year Celebration

Jasmine Tea Sorbet


Ring in the Year of the Dragon next week with this festive Chinese feast. Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls Chef Lon Symensma, formerly of NYC's Buddakan, serves these spring rolls with zesty Chinese mustard. Home-Style Oxtail Stew Chinese comfort food from chef Lawrence Chu. Pair the tender, braised meat with plenty of rice or noodles. Chinese Grocery Roast Pork Serve this succulent roast pork over stir-fried cabbage. Jasmine Tea Sorbet Though not a traditional Chinese dessert, this fragrant jasmine sorbet is the

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Recipe: Jasmine Tea Sorbet

Jasmine Tea Sorbet There's no better antidote to a humidity-cloaked day than this elegant and mellow sorbet from Ty Bellingham of New York's Kittichai. The icy treat gets its breezy, floral character from jasmine and Earl Grey tea leaves, while coconut milk adds a refreshing sweetness. Get the recipe here. Looking for more ways to cool down? We've got more frozen dessert recipes here.

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Recipe: Honey–Yuzu Consommé with Raspberry Salad and Mascarpone Sorbet

Honey–Yuzu Consommé with Raspberry Salad and Mascarpone Sorbet The lucky diners at Laurent Gras's series of JBF LTD dinners were treated to this gorgeous and refreshing dessert: creamy mascarpone sorbet in a pool of tangy honey–yuzu broth, topped with fresh raspberries and lemon confit. Get the recipe here.

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Ice Cream, Sorbet, and Gelato Recipes

Grand Marnier–blueberry ice cream

Keep cool this summer with some of our favorite frozen treats. (But let's be honest, we'd lick up these delectable delights any season of the year.) Lemon Verbena Ice Cream This flavorful recipe from Ben Batterbury combines the bright, aromatic zip of lemon verbena with the lusciously thick texture of frozen custard. Cool and creamy, it strikes a perfect balance between refreshment and indulgence. Champagne Sorbet Celebrate summer with this light and tasty favorite of James Beard. Orange juice and zest give the sorbet a sweet, citrusy punch.

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Eye Candy: Attack of the Macaron

Citrus Macaron with Citrus Slices, Lime–Vanilla Sorbet, Lemon Curd Cream, and Blood Orange Sauce At a celebration of Steve Wynn's Las Vegas empire, Encore pastry chef Frédéric Robert Citrus served citrus macarons with citrus slices, lime–vanilla sorbet, lemon curd cream, and blood orange sauce. Check out more photos of the stunning Beard House meal.

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Recipe: Chilled Plum Soup with Green Grape Sorbet, Horchata Gelée, and Crispy Rice Clusters

Recipe for Chilled Plum Soup with Green Grape Sorbet, Horchata Gelée, and Crispy Rice Clusters from the James Beard Foundation This striking plum soup from Aureole's Jennifer Yee showcases an array of contrasting flavors and textures. If you make the sorbet and gelée ahead of time, the dessert becomes a completely feasible finale for your next dinner party.

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Eye Candy: White Peach and Opal Basil Sorbet

White Peach and Opal Basil Sorbet

At a recent Beard House dinner, Tom Carlin served this white peach and opal basil sorbet as an intermezzo. Chef Carlin's dinner was an ode to the peach, and featured the fruit in every course.

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(Want to make this at home? Get the recipe here!)

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