This is magic ice cream. It’s magic because you don’t need an ice cream maker! Nigella Lawson dreamed up this recipe, in her book Nigella Bites. Seville oranges are in season usually around January. They are very bitter, bracing and just perfect in this ice cream.
If you can’t find these particular oranges, Nigella suggests an “eating” orange, which I assume is a navel or any kind you like to eat, and some limes. It won’t quite be this ice cream that is magic, but it will still be delicious and ease the gray of a dreary winter day.
From Nigella’s website.
- 3 seville oranges (or 1 eating orange and 2 limes)
- 1 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 6 wafers (to serve–optional)
- If using Seville oranges, grate the zest of 2 of them. Squeeze the juice of all 3 and pour into a bowl with the zest and sugar. If you’re going for the sweet orange and lime option, grate the zest of the orange and one of the limes, juice them and add to the sugar as before.
- Stir to dissolve the sugar and add the heavy cream.
- Whip everything until it holds soft peaks, and then turn into a shallow air-tight container (of approximately 8 cups) with a lid.
- Cover and freeze until firm (from 3 to 5 hours). Remove to ripen for 15-20 minutes (or 30-40 in the fridge) before eating.
- Serve in a bowl with wafers or however you like.