Saturday, February 11, 2023

Water Ice/Italian Ice

 Hello friends!  Let's get a few things out of the way before I share this SUPER easy recipe with you that is most commonly enjoyed from a BOWL.  In fact, it is so SUPER easy won't even need any ingredients that you don't already have on hand, I am almost positive.  So, the fact that all you need to do is decide on the flavor and size of the BOWL is incredible and delicious!

Now that you get the reason, I had to make some Philly food, let me introduce to you "Water Ice" or "Italian Ice" if you have never had it.  It is basically a simple syrup flavored with lemon and a main flavor, that when frozen and stirred during that process becomes almost like ice cream.  Here is what it is NOT....

  • Slush
  • Slurpy
  • Snow Cone
  • Ice Cream
  • Shaved Ice (which is a close second for summer treats for us)

I wanted to share a cheesesteak, a real one, but the lines are so broken where the poor thing is concerned, I don't have the qualifications to even fix that one.  Just know it is a "cheesesteak" not a Philly, not a Philly steak, not any of those.  Cheesesteak, say it with me. (I am laughing, because someone inevitably is going to think I am a pretentious snot, when really, I am just well, laughing)

Lets get to this and you will have plenty of time to make a batch, I suggest a double batch honestly, same amount of time, and if you are into experimenting, try "a couple or 3" (my dad always used to say that) different flavors!  Vanilla is our favorite so that is what I am sharing with you today!

You can find this recipe on my YouTube channel as well, right HERE...

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2 cups water (I use hot tap water

3/4 sugar

1 tsp lemon juice (don't leave this out!)

1 tsp vanilla or whatever other flavor you enjoy.

In a post, add in water and sugar, allow to come to a simmer and simmer for 3-4 minutes, until ALL sugar is dissolved completely.  DO NOT add flavorings yet! ACCKK!  Remove from heat and place in a glass or plastic container.  NOW add flavorings and stir.  Let sit for 1 hr. at room temp, then place into a container with a lid and put in the fridge for 1 hr.  Just get it a little cooler your room temp.  If you love heat, put it in the fridge and if you love icicles on your nose, just leave it on your counter.  The point is, now get it in the freezer.  I stir mine every 3 hours or so for a few hours if I can and then I let it go overnight.  Chef's Kiss.  It is a cold sweet treat that will become a fast MUST HAVE at all times.  I mean if it isn't, I don't even know why you are here, because you can't possibly be a real Eagles fan.  Am I right? teehee

Enjoy the heck outta this one.  And for the record, the world won't end if the Eagles don't win, but I sure want them to really bad, but the Kelsie brother thing is so heartwarming, and game food is so delicious and singing the fight is all so, so good!


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