Candied Lemon Peel Ice Cream with Strawberry Compote
- 16 ounces strawberries, quartered
Using 5-hole citrus zester, remove lemon peel in long thin strips. Halve lemons. Squeeze juice into medium bowl; strain. Combine 1 1/3 cups lemon juice, lemon peel strips and 2 cups sugar in medium saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer gently until liquid is slightly syrupy, about 10 minutes. Strain through sieve into bowl, reserving lemon peel and syrup separately. Transfer peel to small baking pan; add 1/3 cup sugar and toss to coat. Separate pieces with fork. Let dry 2 hours. Reserve 1/4 cup candied lemon peel strips. Coarsely chop remaining candied peel.
Whisk 1 cup syrup and yolks in large bowl to blend (cover and chill remaining syrup). Bring cream, half and half and salt to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into egg mixture. Return to saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until temperature registers 180°F, about 6 minutes (do not boil). Strain custard into large bowl. Chill until cold.
Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions; add chopped candied peel during last 5 minutes. Transfer ice cream to bowl. Cover and freeze 4 hours. DO AHEAD Syrup, candied peel and ice cream can be made 2 days ahead. Keep syrup refrigerated. Store peel airtight at room temperature. Keep ice cream frozen.
Stir 1/2 cup syrup in saucepan over medium heat until heated through. Add strawberries. Refrigerate compote at least 4 hours and up to 8 hours.
Scoop ice cream into bowls. Top with compote and candied lemon strips.
How to Make Candied Lemon Slices
Published: Feb 15, 2011 · Modified: Dec 24, 2020 by Megan Porta · This post may contain affiliate links.
HOW TO MAKE CANDIED LEMON SLICES: Candied Lemon Slices are SO EASY to make! They make beautiful edible garnishes for baked goods and can be enjoyed as a treat, as well. Such a great way to use up lemons!
Did you know that lemons in their entirety, peels and all, are edible? With a little bit of cooking magic, you can learn how to make candied lemon slices. This process turns them (or any citrus fruit) into candy! And beautiful decorations for baked goods!
It’s a magical secret unknown to most. This trick applies to any citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruit and limes transform into delicious candied citrus fruits, as well!
Start out with 3 large lemons because, unless you are very adept at using a mandoline or if you are an expert at cutting consistently uniform slices with a knife, you will want to leave room for error. I used my mandoline to slice my lemons and I had a culling rate of approximately 30-35%.
These beauties adorn baked goods so beautifully! I have put them onto cakes, cupcakes and cookies and they make people swoon every single time.
Remember all of the candied lemon peel I had left over from my lemonade concentrate? I had to do something with it, so I decided to bake cake. Cake is always the answer. I decided to go with a pound cake, because I figured that the crumb would need to be fairly dense in order to support the chewy chunks of peel. And what’s a lemon cake without a lemon syrup to soak it in? And a glaze? Talk about gilding the lily…
The finished cake is incredibly moist and tender, and the syrup and glaze combine for a slightly crackly outer crust that immediately gives way to a melt-in-your-mouth icing, full of lemon flavor. While the cake doesn’t slice neatly– too soft and moist– it’s really delicious, and even better the day after it’s baked. Plus, due to the moisture and the glaze it’ll keep, uncovered at room temperature, for at least three days without drying out. Probably longer, but I didn’t have any left to check after three days!
Candied Lemon Pound Cake (adapted from Once Upon a Chef)
(makes 1 bundt cake or 2 9″ loaves)
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 2-1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest, packed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup chopped candied lemon peel.
1. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
2. Combine yogurt, zest, and juice in a bowl and set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4. Beat in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
5. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and beat until incorporated. Add half of the yogurt mix and beat until incorporated. Repeat until all ingredients are added. The batter will be very thick.
6. Stir in candied lemon peel.
7. Spoon batter into a 12-cup bundt pan or two 9″ loaf pans (sprayed with baking spray and/or lined with parchment), and bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 1 hour. Cake is done when toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes and then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling.
1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.
3. Using a toothpick, poke holes in the just-warm cakes and brush the syrup over them until all of it is used up.
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, packed
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
Combine all ingredients and whisk until completely smooth. Spread over the top of the cooled cakes and let drip down the sides.
Once you cook the fruit peel, don’t toss the sugar syrup!
It’s deeply flavorful and will make a wonderful addition to desserts, cocktails, and tea.
Just pour the sugar syrup through a strainer to capture any errant bits of peel, then toss it in the fridge and use within a month or so.
This recipe calls for equal parts sugar and water, just like regular simple syrup.
The addition of the fruit peel and the long cooking time can throw your proportions off, though, which means that your syrup may wind up crystallizing a little—or a lot.
If that happens, just heat the syrup up to liquify it again and you’re good to go.
30+ Unique and Interesting & Unusual Ice Cream Toppings
Here’s what I want you to do: invite over your favorite crew to hang out on a perfect summer night for an ice cream social. They are thinking, “Ok, ok, sure I like ice cream all right.” They are expecting the typical vanilla ice cream with some chocolate syrup and sprinkles. If you are really getting wild they might see that you dug out the cookies and cream out of the back of the freezer and some caramel sauce as well. That’s all good and fun, but what would they think if you laid out some really sophisticated edgy toppings and concoctions like this caramel ice cream, caramel corn and sprinkled peanuts??
Or what about this vanilla ice cream with lemon curd that you can top with candied lemon peel?
Or this vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche and apples sautéed with butter, sugar, and cinnamon?
Or finally, what about a tiramisu inspired delight with coffee ice cream and cocoa powder sprinkled on top? Mmmm mmmm!
I will tell you what will happen—they will be begging to come to your house every week for the rest of the summer to see what brilliant grown-up concoctions you come up with next. Don’t worry—I’ve got you covered! I’ve got a list here of over 30 different toppings and combinations you can do for your next ice cream social. Let’s get this party started!
Assorted fresh fruit (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mango, peaches)
Unsweetened coconut, toasted
Nut brittle, broken into pieces
Ice cream flavors:
Favorite Ice Cream Sundae Combinations:
Vanilla ice cream, lemon curd, blueberries
Vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, toasted pepitas
Vanilla ice cream, peach preserves, fresh peaches
Goat's milk vanilla ice cream, fleur de sel
Coffee ice cream, cocoa nibs
Coconut ice cream, crushed gingersnaps, crystalized ginger
Strawberry ice cream, balsamic, dried strawberries, graham cracker crumbs
Peanut butter ice cream, warmed Nutella, peanut brittle
Caramel ice cream, caramel corn, Spanish peanuts
Macadamia nut ice cream, pineapple compote, toasted coconut
Lemon sorbet, lavender florets, candied lemon peel
Scoop of vanilla ice cream in a small cup or bowl with a shot of hot espresso poured over it
Vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche and apples sautéed with butter, sugar, and cinnamon
I guarantee that someone reading this article right now is thinking, “This is basically a list of how to ruin perfectly good ice cream.” This would be my husband, haha. I get it. I know you guys are out there. You can just merrily enjoy your vanilla and the rest of us can dream of wonderful add-ins for ice cream for days on end.
What is your favorite concoction for a wonderful ice cream sundae? Are there combinations you would add to the list?
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- Whipped Cream: Always use chilled whipping cream to begin with. I would suggest you to freeze your bowls and beater attachment in the freezer for at least 2 hours. pour cold whipping cream in the frozen bowl and whip it using a electric beater till creamy and thick. Keep whipped cream in the fridge till needed.
- Cream Cheese: If you are using store bought then you could use that. if not make your own using my recipe. MY RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE
- Flavorings: Now you could add flavor to the ice cream. I used vanilla extract. Naturally this ice cream has a cream cheese flavour to it. Addition of vanilla extract is optional but totally worth it.
- Mixing it all Up: Mix all three ingredients together till smooth and creamy.
- Freezing: Transfer this to a air tight container and freeze overnight. You need to freeze this overnight or at least 8 to 10 hours
- You could use strawberry syrup on top for strawberry cheesecake ice cream.
- Adding blueberry sauce will make blueberry cheesecake ice cream.
Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Pomegranate Pride ice cream is a reprieve from the heat
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Rose Levy Beranbaum's Pomegranate Pride ice cream.
Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss is filled with all the delicious stand-bys – chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and caramel. But what makes Rose Levy Beranbaum’s 12th cookbook so, well, blissful are the mouth-watering recipes she’s concocted over the years with whimsical names such as Fluffy Nougat, Back Road Wild Mint Chip, Royal Velvet Lavender, and the rather risqué Bust My Bourbon Balls ice cream.
New Jersey-based Beranbaum is primarily known for her delicious cake and pie recipes (The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible). However, ice cream has always been her passion, not to mention the sweet she loves most.
“When I was young, I was very fussy and didn’t like most of the food put in front of me, but I loved ice cream. I remember vividly eating the half-chocolate, half-vanilla Dixie cups of my childhood summers in the Catskills with a little wooden flat spoon. The texture of the creamy ice cream on the simplicity of wood is a memory I cherish to this day. It was the feel and perception of all those elements combined.”
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In addition to a wonderful assortment of ice creams to make, there is a section devoted to toppings, such as soft candied grapefruit peel chanterelle, citrus stardust and a rhubarb compote, as well as recipes under the heading Ice Cream Socials, which include Praline Pecan Meringue Ice Cream sandwiches and an Upside Down Lemon Meringue Pie (made with her True Lemon ice cream.)
For years Beranbaum says her favourite flavour was caramel, until she created Pomegranate Pride Ice Cream. It requires patience and attention to detail, but the end result, she adds, is well worth the effort.
“Why make your own ice cream?” she asks. “For the same reason as baking or cooking: You can make it tailored to your own taste and texture. I’d rather have a smaller scoop of what I call luxury ice cream than a larger one that is less rich.”
Pomegranate Pride ice cream
2¼ cups bottled pomegranate juice, preferably POM
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
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1¼ cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2¼ cups heavy cream, divided
6 (to 9) large egg yolks, or ¼ cup plus 3 tbsp (104 ml)
½ tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
About 6 drops red liquid food colouring (optional)
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3 tablespoons pomegranate arils (optional)
½ cup Pama pomegranate liqueur (optional)
In a medium saucepan, preferably non-stick, boil the pomegranate juice over medium heat, stirring often with a silicone spatula, until it is reduced to about one-quarter its original weight or volume (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon).
Cut the butter into four pieces and stir it in until melted. Stir in sugar and salt, and then ¾ cup of the cream. Allow the mixture to cool until room temperature or barely warm, and stir in the egg yolks.
Heat the mixture on medium-low, stirring constantly, until slightly thicker than heavy cream. When a finger is run across the back of the spatula, it will leave a well-defined track. An instant-read thermometer should read 170 F to 180 F or 77 C to 82 C. Meanwhile, have ready a fine-mesh strainer suspended over a medium bowl.
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Immediately pour the mixture into the strainer, scraping up the thickened mixture that has settled on the bottom of the pan. Press it through the strainer and scrape any mixture clinging to the underside into the bowl.
Stir in the remaining cream (1 ½ cups) and then the lemon juice and food colouring, if desired, to achieve a pale pink colour. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 8 hours or until no warmer than 43 F or 6 C. (Alternatively, cool in an ice water bath.) Set a covered storage container in the freezer.
Churn the pomegranate custard in a prechilled ice cream maker. Transfer the ice cream to the chilled container. Press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the ice cream, cover the container and allow the ice cream to firm in the freezer for at least four hours before serving.
Top with a sprinkling of pomegranate arils and/or a drizzle of pomegranate liqueur, if desired. The ice cream will last in the freezer in a covered container for at least one week.
Excerpted from Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss by Rose Levy Beranbaum (C) 2020 Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
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Ice cream toppings to help you chill out this summer
Ice cream without toppings is like a salad without dressing, burger without fries, chips without salsa. It just should not be.
Toppings add pizzazz to an ice cream — whether it is in a cup or cone — and oomph to any water- or dairy-based ice pop. Even ice cream desserts like banana splits, sundaes and rose-flavored faloodas get better with an extra garnish.
They, however, are not just sidekicks. Toppings have their own personalities and add to a frozen treat’s flavor profile. Sometimes it is a little crunch or unexpected chewiness. Sometimes it is a burst of fruitiness or a floral note. Then there are times when a warm spirit rises up in a rum or bourbon butter-laced sauce.
Ice cream shops usually offer an array of saucy, fruity, nutty and sweet and sour toppings. They run the gamut from soft and hard candies to wildly colorful sprinkles, from broken pretzel bits, dried apricots and granola to toasted coconut flakes and pecans, pistachios and walnuts.
Nutella fudge sauce on banana ice cream, topped with sprinkles and a cherry create a unique flavor. (Lucy Schaly/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS) (Photo: Lucy Schaly, TNS)
With a little creativity, you can do even better. Here are a few suggestions to take your icy treat over the top:
— Spiked mangoes: In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of light brown sugar. After the sugar dissolves, add 1 cup of diced mango cubes and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off and add 1 tablespoon of spiced rum. Stir well and let the mangoes cool.
Best with: tropical-flavored ice creams like banana, coconut and passion fruit and sorbets like rhubarb-hibiscus and lemon. Also works well on good old vanilla ice cream.
— Sweetened citrus peel: Cut the rind of one orange and one lemon into matchsticks without too much of the pith. In a medium-sized pot, bring water to a boil. Add the orange and lemon peel and cook for 15-30 seconds. Drain through a sieve. Return the matchsticks to the pot and add 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 5 tablespoons of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the liquid is syrupy. Remove the peel from the pot and place on a wire rack to cool. (Inspired by “The Big Book of Amazing Cakes” from “The Great British Baking Show”)
Best with: orange sorbet, ginger, chocolate and vanilla ice cream drizzled with Grand Marnier.
— Cherry compote: In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of frozen pitted cherries, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of water over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is thick and syrupy. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and serve warm or at room temperature.
Best with: panna cotta or spiced chocolate ice creams and studded ones like cookies and cream, Moose Tracks and butter pecan.
Nutella fudge sauce can be crowned with sprinkles, pretzels or pistachios and served with a variety of ice creams, like chocolate, hibiscus-rhubarb sorbet and banana ice creams pictured here. (Lucy Schaly/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS) (Photo: Lucy Schaly, TNS)
— Hot fudge sauce: In a saucepan, combine 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of evaporated milk, 2 tablespoons of salted butter, 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted. Add 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips and stir until melted. Remove from heat and drizzle over ice cream when the sauce is still warm. (From “Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering” by Joanna Gaines.)
Best with: mint, black raspberry, peanut butter and, of course, coffee, vanilla and chocolate ice creams. Dip fruit ice pops like strawberry and blueberry into it, too.
— White chocolate sauce: In a heatproof metal or glass mixing bowl, add 1 (7.5-ounce) jar of marshmallow creme, 3 ounces of chopped good white chocolate, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place the bowl in a medium-sized pot that has about 2 inches of simmering water. Stir the ingredients until they melt and become smooth. Take the bowl off the heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir to combine. (From the blog “Baked Bree.”)
Best with: Chocolate and coffee ice cream. Also stands out on brightly hued sorbets like strawberry, grape, orange and mango.
— Nutella hot fudge sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until just simmering, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 (13-ounce) jar of Nutella and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. After a minute or so, the Nutella should melt into the cream and become a thick, smooth sauce. Serve warm over ice cream. (From the blog “Lauren’s Latest.”)
Best with: banana, chocolate chip, butterscotch, cotton candy and cake batter ice creams. Also complements strawberry and orange-banana ice pops.
Mocha sunflower seeds add a crunchy coffee finish to ice creams. The seeds are dipped in egg white and then coated with a mix of ground coffee granules, cocoa powder and sugar. (Lucy Schaly/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS) (Photo: Lucy Schaly, TNS)
— Cinnamon pistachios: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. In a saucepan, add 1/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne over medium heat. Let the syrup boil, stirring occasionally until the foam subsides and it thickens. Remove the saucepan from heat and add 1 1/2 cups shelled pistachios. Stir until the nuts are evenly coated with the sugar syrup. Spread nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely.
Best with: cinnamon, banana, rum-raisin, chocolate and strawberry ice creams.
— Mocha sunflower seeds: This is a riff on the Mocha Pepitas from Taste of Home. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. To a coffee grinder, add 6 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules. Pulse until finely ground and transfer to a bowl. Whisk 1 large egg white in a bowl until frothy. Stir 2 cups of salted sunflower seeds into the egg white. Gently stir the mocha mixture into the egg white to coat the seeds evenly. Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes, stirring after 7 minutes. Cool completely in the pan.
Best with: banana, sweetened cream, orange, chocolate and cherry ice creams.
— Candied bacon: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, coat 4 strips of bacon, which are about 1/4-inch thick, with 8 teaspoons of light brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of bourbon (optional). Place the strips on a parchment-lined baking sheet and top them with the sugar remaining in the bowl. Cook for 20-25 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. The bacon is cooked when the sugar is melted and the strips are deep brown in color. When the strips are cool, dice them into small bits.
Best with: maple-walnut, chocolate, salted caramel and pistachio ice creams.
— Quick dulce de leche: In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Remove the wrapper of an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk and immerse it completely in the water. Reduce heat to a low boil. Cover and cook the condensed milk for 3 hours, making sure that the can is always covered by water. After removing the pot from heat, carefully take out the can, allow it to cool completely to room temperature before opening and drizzle it over ice cream.
Best with: Chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough, coconut and coffee ice creams.
— Marsala sauce: In a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1 cup of packed light brown sugar to a boil, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup sweet Marsala wine and cook until the sugar dissolves and the sauce is smooth.
Best with: Rhubarb, strawberry, peach and vanilla ice creams.
— Strawberry sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups hulled and thickly sliced strawberries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and let the sauce cool. It will thicken more.
Best with: pure vanilla, mocha, Rocky Road and chocolate fudge brownie ice creams.
Our favourite Christmas pudding (page 135)
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- Categories: Baked & steamed desserts Dessert Christmas
- Ingredients: self-raising flour mixed spice (UK) ground cinnamon nutmeg ground cloves shredded suet breadcrumbs Demerara sugar carrots cooking apples raisins currants sultanas mixed candied peel flaked almonds black treacle oranges Cointreau eggs
- Accompaniments:Brandy mousse ice cream
250 g Strawberry puree 1
250 g Strawberry puree 2
200 g Sosa Trehalose
15 g Sosa Fruit Pectin NH
240 g Water
170 g Sosa Liquid Glucose
20 g Lemon juice
0,2 g Sosa Basil Natural Aroma
Mix water with strawberry puree 1 and Glucose.
Heat up to 40ºC.
Separately, mix Fruit Pectin NH with Trehalose.
Sprinkle the solids mixture on top of the puree at 40ºC. Stir until well dissolved.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute.
Add lemon juice and strawberry puree 2 and mix with a whisk.
Add Basil Natural Aroma and finish mixing.
Film making contact and allow jellifying in the fridge overnight.
To use the glaze, once jellied, blend and use between 35ºC and 40ºC.
N ote: I put off doing this for awhile, mainly because it felt like a huge undertaking. But I have to admit it will indeed come in handy, not just for you readers, but for me. Sometimes sifting through the categories or archives can be fun. Other times… frustration central. I am an imperfect being- I don’t always add each & every post to ALL the appropriate categories. For example, I recently noticed a cupcake post that was about chocolate cupcakes (& chocolate frosting) and it wasn’t even listed under the ‘chocolate’ category. So yeah. I’m not always perfect. For that reason, I took a long time (it took me at least a few weeks) to get all my shit together and come up with this Recipe Index. I hope it helps! I’ll be updating it as I add blog posts.
And if anything is wrong or isn’t working as it should be, please let me know.
It is NOT comprehensive: a few recipes are duplicates so I didn’t list them. Others, I decided were worth re-listing because of the unique frosting or decorations or because I tweaked it. For that reason, if you’re looking for a particular recipe, I’d still use the categories or the search feature.