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Minty Melon Soup

It has been unbearably hot in Wisconsin this month. Almost too hot; too hot to turn on my oven.  So I have been taking what is my CSA box and trying to make dishes I don’t have to cook.

I received a wonderful muskmelon in my box this week and wanted to try making a chilled melon soup.  I have an abundance of mint growing on my back porch and thought the two would pair nicely.  I was right.

What I got was a clean, refreshing cool summer soup that pleased my family to no end.  Better yet, I didn’t have to even go near my oven. Love that!

This recipe couldn’t be simpler.  All you need is a blender or food processor and 15 minutes of your time and you are done.

Supplies:

  • 1 ripe melon, peeled, seeded and chopped into a rough dice
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon. honey
  • 2 tablespoons, lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons, heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon, cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon, ground ginger (use fresh if you have it)

Here are the directions, do try not to get lost. 🙂

Put it all in a blender or food processor and puree.  That’s it.

Put into a container and chill until cold. Garnish with fresh mint.

Enjoy!

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Lemon, Lime & Mint Sorbet

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I think I’ve outdone myself.  I made sorbet last season.  It was my first time, and I didn’t have an ice cream attachment for the kitchen aid mixer.  Heck, I didn’t even have a kitchen aid mixer last season. 

I love lemons and I love limes.  I especially love the mint that grows at HighCross Farm.  Put all three together and you get something that is completely sublime.  I love the flecks of mint and zest in the sorbet.

You should be warned, this recipe calls for the use of raw beaten egg whites.  They are crucial.  Trust me when I tell you they give the sorbet a wonderfully creamy texture.

Supplies

  • 2 c granulated sugar
  • 2 c water
  • 1 cup of lemon and lime juice (It took me about four lemons and five limes to get a cup)
  • zest of 2 lemons and 2 limes
  • 1 good handful of fresh mint
  • 2 egg whites beaten to stiff peaks

In a medium sauce pan add the water and sugar.  Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Once the mixture gets to boiling, take off the heat and let cool to room temperature.

In a blender or food processor, chop the zest and the mint.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the simple syrup, lemon/lime juice and zest/mint mixture.  Stir.  You might want to pour the juice into the syrup in batches and taste before you add more.  I say this because some people like their sorbet on the sweet side, some on the sour.  Myself, I prefer mine on the sour side. 

Ok, if you do not have an ice cream maker you can put in the freezer.  Stir with a wisk every thiry mins for a couple of hours to incorporate some air. Add the beaten egg whites at your last stir.  Let freeze over night.

If you have an ice cream maker, chill the mixture over night.  Once thoroghly chilled, churn in your ice cream maker using instructions for whichever ice cream maker you have. 

During the last 10-15 of churing, add the beaten egg whites.  Transfer to a container and let freeze for at least 8 hours.

Scoop out into your favorite dish and enjoy! I sure did.  (It will not last long, trust me!)

One more picture..close up.

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Posted by on June 11, 2009 in lemon, lime, mint, sorbet

 

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