How to Make Homemade Italian Ice
Why is this recipe being presented by LunaGrown Jam? The jam kitchen gets very hot, and the Jam Maker has a fancy for Italian Ice.
On occasion I can find my favorite Italian ice on sale at the grocers, when it’s not on sale it’s just a bit too pricy, considering the amount I consume. I have searched for Italian Ice in 1/2 gallon buckets but have only found ice cream and sherbert. They are delicious but don’t really hit the cold spot when needed.
In searching online for a recipe to make Italian Ice at home I found them all to be the same old freeze and stir for 5 hours. I don’t have time for that, and let’s be real, frozen flavored crushed ice is not Italian Ice, it’s a firm slushie! So I did some field work, and this is what I came up with.
Most if not all commercial Italian Ice has the same ingredients. Some of these ingredients are not ones most people would keep in their kitchen. Citric acid and Guar Gum are the main two. Both of these ingredients can be found at your local health food store or ordered online in varying quantities.
Most commercial Italian Ice contains food coloring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and artificial flavoring. Here we can avoid those and use natural ingredients. We also can use real fruit to our taste satisfaction, and fresh herbs from the garden.
Be creative with your herbs, I do enjoy a bit of lavender in mine, and for the kids, you can, of course, adjust the citric acid which is used to give it that tart bitterness that is so nice on hot days!
- 1/2 cup 1 stick Butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1 egg yolk toss the white
- 2 tsp vanilla flavoring
- 1 tsp almond flavoring
- 2 1/2 cups white all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Combine butter, shortening, sugar, egg, and flavorings in a bowl and whip together. Make certain these ingredients are well combined and creamed.
- Add flour and salt. Mix well. This dough should easily pull away from the sides of your bowl.
- Roll dough into a 'log' shape and insert into your cookie press or pastry bag and press out your shapes. Cooler dough works best, very cold dough can be challenging and warm dough will just make a mess.
- Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Make certain your oven is preheated!
- once the cookies have baked and cooled, sandwich 1/2 teaspoon of LunaGrown jam between two cookies. Place on a drying rack or flat surface overnight.
- Decorate the following day