It’s time to set the theme for the third Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream challenge, and once again I’ve gone for a wide one, giving us lots and lots of scope for creative ideas.
The theme for April is Sorbets, Granitas, Shaved Ice Desserts, Slushies and Spoom!
Sorbet is a frozen dessert made with a water or fruit juice base flavoured with fruit, wine, or alcohol. Unlike ice cream, sorbet does not contain any dairy products. Read more about the origins of sorbet at Wiki.
(Incidentally, in North America, the term sherbet is often used to refer to a frozen dessert that is much like sorbet, but does contains a small amount of dairy. Italian ice, best as I can tell, is an alternative North American name for sorbet – do let me know if that’s incorrect.)
Granita is an Italian frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavourings. It is similar to sorbet, but commonly has a coarser, more crystalline texture, though this does vary regionally. You may also find granita served as a thick, semi-frozen drink rather than a dessert, with a straw provided.
Snow cones and snowballs are well known throughout North America, and consist of ice shavings topped with a flavoured sugar syrup. The names are often interchangeable, but where there’s a distinction, the snowball features more finely shaved ice, akin to fresh snow, and the snow cone contains larger ice shavings.
The Japanese kakigōri is much like a North American snowball. Finely shaved ice is topped with one or more flavoured syrups. Condensed milk is also sometimes added. Somewhat similar desserts such as Taiwanese baobing, Malaysian ais kacang, Korean patbingsu and Filipino halo-halo can be found across South East Asia.
A slushy is a semi-frozen drink. It can be made by partially freezing a sweet fruit juice or other sweet liquid, or by partially freezing sweetened water for a slurry base, into which flavoured syrups are mixed at the time of serving. Supercooling is sometimes applied to regular soft drinks such that they have a slushy texture when opened.
And finally, a new one on me, spoom! Spoom is a frothy sorbet, once very popular in England. Like sorbet, it is made from fruit juice, wine, sherry or port. As it begins to set, it is mixed with half its volume of Italian meringue. It is served in a tall glass, often with a little champagne spooned over the top. The name comes from the Italian spuma (foam).
This challenge is particularly well-suited to those without ice cream machines, so I hope you can all get involved!
How To Take Part
Create and blog a recipe that fits the challenge by the 28th of the month.
In your post, mention and link to this Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream post.
In your post, include the Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream badge.
Email me with your first name or nickname (as you prefer), the name of your blog, the link to your post, the title of your post and an image for my roundup, sized to no larger than 500 pixels on the longest side.
You are welcome to submit your post to as many blogger challenge events as you like. You can even enter this challenge more than once, if you write two separate blog posts that fit the theme!
If the recipe is not your own, please be aware of copyright issues. Please email me if you would like to discuss this.
If you tweet about your post using #bloggersscreamforicecream, I’ll retweet any I see.