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Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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Nieve de Piña-Hierba
Guadalajara, the second-largest city in Mexico, is well-known for its nieves, and Nevería San Antonio is one of my favorite shops. Famous for its small counter with rows and rows of garrafas, barrels used for hand-churning ice cream, the shop has modernized and expanded since I was a child, but the ice cream is still as good as I remember.
On my last visit to Guadalajara, I drove straight from the airport to the nevería to try one of their seasonal flavors, nieve de piña-hierba, or pineapple-herb sorbet. It was so good I had to go the next day to get more. The flavor of pineapple is very refreshing, and it pairs beautifully with any kind of herb. Nevería San Antonio used spearmint for their version, but try it with lemon thyme or basil for something different. Have fun and make it your own.
Recipe - Makes about 1 Quart
In a blender or food processor, puree the pineapple chunks, sugar, water, lime juice, and salt until smooth. Add the herb and pulse until the herb is broken down into green specks. Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate the base until cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.
Whisk the base gently to recombine. Freeze and churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For a soft consistency, serve the sorbet right away; for a firmer consistency, transfer it to a container, cover, and allow to harden in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.
- 1 small pineapple, cored, peeled, and cut into chunks (about 3 cups)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herb, such as mint, basil, or rosemary
"You’ll want to feature this colorful cookbook prominently on your bookshelf. Starring ingredients range from cinnamon and avocado to mangoes and Mexican chocolate. Flipping through the pages will transport you to Mexico—and have you craving a towering cone of ice cream or sorbet."
—Grace Elkus, Real Simple
"The combinations are as vibrant as those in the chef’s signature popsicles. Stories of Gerson’s memories seeking out and eating ice cream as a child in Mexico are interspersed with recipes for uncommon combinations like chocolate with peanut marzipan; avocado and passionfruit; goat cheese with hoja santa; mole; and a sour, spicy, and sweet concoction: sour cream with guajillo chile and piloncillo-roasted apricots. Transport yourself to the streets of Mexico City with a scoop of Gerson’s deviled mango sorbet topped with chamoy, a must-taste condiment made from pickled plums that brightens the floral sweetness of mango."
—Daniela Galarza, Eater
Praise for My Sweet Mexico:
"Fany's irresistible take on Mexican sweets is as smart and instructive as it is inspiring. Recipe after recipe--from traditional Buñelos to an updated Chocolate Rum Tres Leches Cake--I'm reminded why she's one of the most gifted pastry chefs around."
—Scott Jones, executive food editor, Southern Living
"Like many of you, perhaps, we haven't given Mexican desserts a lot of thought. Sure there's flan and quite a few delicious ice creams to be had in Mexico, but there's also a lot of brightly-colored pastries that are more decorative than delectable. But looking through the photographs in this truly stunning cookbook might win a few converts...I'm happy to have this book in my collection if only to dream of sweet treats...and future trips to one of my favorite places, Mexico."
—David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen
“What a super-delicious and inspiring celebration of unique flavor combinations! Fany, my incredibly talented gal pal, brings us on a tour of her beloved Mexico through this creative, joyful, and beautifully photographed collection of ice creams and sorbets. These recipes conjure happy memories that make you long to attack a cone of your own. You’ll be rushing to your local Latin-American grocery store and plugging in your ice cream maker in no time!”
—Christina Tosi, chef/founder/owner of Milk Bar
“Fany’s enthusiasm and genuine love for Mexican ice cream is contagious. This cookbook reads like a fairytale and swept me off to a place I didn’t know existed. Deeply engrossed, I wanted to make each and every flavor—not to mention head straight to Mexico, the source of some of the greatest ice cream in the world.”
—Jeni Britton Bauer, James Beard Award–winning author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
About the Author
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, FANY GERSON has worked in a range of fine-dining kitchens around the world. She is the founder of La Newyorkina, a catering company, roving food truck, and soon-to-be brick and mortar restaurant in Manhattan, and Dough bakery. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, Daily Candy, and more. Her previous titles include Paletas and My Sweet Mexico.
Top customer reviews
I really liked her writing because it is so fun to read an introduction of each unique flavor of the popular Mexican ice cream. This is a keeper in my frozen treat Kindle library.
It was what I wanted and so much more. Though, I am not Mexican - the flavor pallettes in this are 100% down my alley (cinnamon, chile, roses, chocolate) - the cricket one was a bit out of my realm of experience but almost all the recipes are amazing. Still so excited about this book!
If you love making ice cream give this a real chance, the recipes are very easy to follow and inspiring to make your own combinations. But this is so much more than a cook book.
A true treasure to my cook book collection.