Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ice Cream Tropicale

Can you believe Summer is almost here?? I'm longing for days at the beach with my feet in the sand.

Summer means warmer weather. Beach time. The school year is over. A swimming pool and cannon balls. Sand.....everywhere. Aloe Gel. Picnics. Watermelon. Firing up the grill. Coconut scented tanning lotion. Sleeveless tops. Flip Flops. Sunburns. Tiki torches. Bug spray. Sweat and more sweat. Floaties. Lazy Rivers. Crickets. Fireworks. Heat. Air Conditioning. Lemonade. Tan lines. Cold treats. Sundresses.

An ice cream maker is a super nifty tool to use, but if you don't have one, don't sweat it. A few simple ingredients will make the creamiest of frozen treats. You may even have these on hand in the pantry. There are lots of great flavors. I'm sure you'll be seeing some of my favorites throughout the hot months ahead.

Here's a recipe for a Dreamy Tropical Pineapple Ice Cream

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice, undrained
1 (14 oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (great idea to keep this on the Fat Free)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
4 drops yellow food coloring
1 cup heavy cream (DO NOT buy whipped topping or Cool Whip)

Combine undrained pineapple, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, lime zest, vanilla and food coloring, if desired, in large bowl; mix well.
Whip cream in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold into pineapple mixture.
Pour into 2-quart freezer-safe container. Cover; freeze until firm, about 3 hours.

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