Make Ahead

Cranberry-orange cloud ice cream

November  9, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

Earlier I tried to make a trifle with cranberries, but was not totally enamored with the outcome after a day. So I experimented further with this ice cream recipe. The basis is a traditional cranberry orange relish that we always made every Thanksgiving in my family as I was growing up. By lightening the relish with whipped cream, this can make a very soft, rich, velvety smooth ice cream. I am going to save this for Thanksgiving night, because the samples were so dreamy. —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1.5 ounces honey
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup freshly whipped cream, unsweetened
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries
  • 1 orange, deseeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or Grand Marnier, optional
  • pinch of salt
  • dollops of whipped cream
  • splash of spirit, Cointreau or Grand Marnier, optional
  • herbal sprig, mint or lavender
  1. In a saucepan or upper section of a double boiler, whisk together the egg yolks, spice, honey, and sugar. Whisking constantly bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes until thickened. Whisk in the whipped cream. Then whisk in the half and half. Let cool. Chill for several hours.
  2. Grind the cranberries and oranges. Mix together. Add the honey, salt, lime, and spices. Chill for several hours.
  3. Using a chilled ice cream attachment or maker, first stir in the chilled cream mixture. Process for about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in the chilled fruit mix next and process until creamy and frozen.
  5. To serve, scoop out into glasses. Garnish with whipped cream, herbal sprigs and optional splash of spirit. Store any leftover ice cream in the freezer. If you used spirit in the original mix, it will not freeze as thoroughly, but will remain a bit softer. You can always add the spirit later.

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6 Reviews

Lizthechef November 9, 2010
I have yet to try one of your recipes, as they feel instantly appealing. OK, will try over this weekend. Meanwhile, a Thumbs Up! All these incredible recipes. I feel overwhelmed, in a nice way...
Sagegreen November 9, 2010
Thanks, Lizthechef. It has just been that kind of a week at work, where I really savor the solace back at home cooking! Let me know what you think. That extra cup of optional cream is over the top, so only if you really need decadence should you indulge in that!
drbabs November 9, 2010
great recipe--aren't you having fun with your ice cream maker?
Sagegreen November 9, 2010
So much fun, yes! And it is so easy. Thanks.
JoanG November 9, 2010
What a great idea. I will love this!
Sagegreen November 9, 2010
Thanks. I wound up adding an extra cup of heavy cream to the ice cream by mistake, which made it extra pale and a decadently creamy, but I did not include it in the recipe.