Sunday, 9 December 2007

lemon sorbet with snowy

'tis the silly season once again... and it is time for secret santa at work... this year, secret santa gave me some kitchen gadget which i already have at home (electric juicer)... so i ventured to myer yesterday, armed with my unopened pressie and tried my lucky for a refund / exchange...

"sorry love, no receipt, no exchange. why don't you have the receipt?"
"it was a present. i want to exhange it, add more money to buy an icecream maker - over there (pointing)."
"oh... let me ask the manager, i'll have to get his approval, hold on."

... so several ching chings at the till and $20 bucks later... i got my new icecream maker - snowy

"keep this receipt love. we don't do exchange without receipt anymore."

cool... so i got want i wanted for $20 instead for $49.95 - bargain! yes, it is probably the cheapest icecream maker in the market, but it uses exactly the same mechanism as the dearer krups ($99) machine - they are both using the "bowl in the freezer for 20+ hours method" (instead of a having self contained compressor - these machine retails for $250+ bucks)...

so did it work? sort of... there is why and how...

i started off with a lemon gelato recipe included in the manual. it called for (but i used):
1 cup water (2 cups)
220g castor sugar (420g)
1/3 cup lemon zest (2/3 cup)
2/3 cup lemon juice, strained (1 cup)
2/3 cup thickened cream (600mL)
the first 4 ingredients were cooked together in a saucepan for 2min (boiling), then rested overnight in fridge to keep cool
then just b4 pouring the content into snowy, the lemon juice mix was strained & whipped with cream

i had 4 lemons, so i thought i would make 2 batches of gelato... but it turned out to be not v much once i poured in snowy...



in order to keep snowy cool for the 40min+ of churning, i added ice and salt around it so it'll be below freezing...


here the lemon cream mixture is poured into a running snowy


video

here is snowy in action...


cos my initial lemon cream has been whipped and out of the cold for too long... it took snowy a good 40 min to make some kind of slush out of the lemon cream... at the end, i had to retire snowy and let the "express freeze" function of the fridge to bring the icecream home...
and it looked pretty good after 4-5 hours...

... eaten with stewed lemon zest... yum
one word of warning though... the portions i used was wrong - cos the gelato became v v sweet... so next time i'll have to cut the sugar and cut the total amount of ingredients - not to overwork snowy...





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