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Create Homemade Italian Ice

homemade italian ice

How to Make Homemade Italian Ice

Why is this recipe being presented by LunaGrown Jam? The jam kitchen gets very hot, and the聽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聽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!

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Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles remind me of late brunch at the seaside and cool autumn mornings. They should be lite, full of flavor, and have an air of carefree decadence.
Traditional Belgian waffles are created with a yeast batter that sits overnight and is cooked聽the next morning. These are created with baking soda to shorten the waiting time. We still suggest you allow the batter to sit at least 30 minutes to allow the leavening agents to do their job.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 190 kcal


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk do not substitute
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg room temperature and separated
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • In a bowl beat the egg white until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well.
  • Add the milk, butter, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla and mix just until combined. Do not overmix as you do not want air in this. Some lumps are OK.
  • Gently fold in the egg whites until combined. Do not deflate the egg whites. This is what will give your waffles that light texture.
  • Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a waffle iron. and follow the manufacturers directions to cook the waffles.
  • Serve immediately or hold in a warm oven, directly on the rack. Avoid stacking while keeping warm.


  • To freeze, allow to cool completely and wrap individually in plastic wrap.
  • To reheat just place frozen in the toaster.


Serving: 1gSodium: 277mgCalcium: 19mgSugar: 10gFiber: 0.5gPotassium: 112mgCholesterol: 26mgCalories: 190kcalSaturated Fat: 5.1gFat: 8.1gProtein: 3.3gCarbohydrates: 26gIron: 1mg
Keyword Belgian waffles, waffle
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