When DB was younger, he and his family used to go out the farm of a family friend, Mr. Leeson. They had all sorts of fun and frivolity at Mr. Leeson’s farm but one thing in particular that DB and his brothers remember is the pineapple sherbet that Mr. Leeson would make. After doing some recipe searches on the Internet, DB found what looked to be, if not THE recipe, a very similar recipe to Mr. Leeson’s.
Last Sunday evening we had an ice cream social at church and David wanted to make that recipe. We thought it would be interesting to give it a little twist. I remembered that last year, the Las Paletas ladies had a “throw down” with Bobby Flay. The winning paletas recipe (courtesy of the Las Paletas team) was hot pepper pineapple. With that in mind, we added red cayenne pepper to the pineapple sherbet recipe.
The taste was….interesting. Part of the peculiar taste comes from the pineapple sherbet itself. This recipe is not really like what you buy from the grocery store. It’s made with buttermilk, so it has a kind of sweet/sour taste to it. The pepper pretty much just added heat. The key, really, is to add just enough pepper so that you get that back of throat spicy sensation without changing the flavor of the ice cream.
6 c. buttermilk
2 c. sugar
1 (1 lb. 4 oz.) can crushed pineapple
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 egg whites, beaten
Combine buttermilk, sugar, pineapple, lemon juice, and salt. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour into ice cream freezer and freeze.
To make it “special” add red cayenne pepper to the mix after it comes out of the ice cream freezer. This way you can taste test to adjust. Start with 1/2 a teaspoon and add in small amounts from there. Don’t be tempted to add too much if you like things spicier, you really will compromise the taste of ice cream. You want the sweet of pineapple, the sour of the buttermilk and then the heat of pepper to hit you after you’ve had a bite or two.
Last week, I teased at the end of the basil ice cream post saying that this week’s MM would be Kilauea Hala Kahiki Sherbet. That’s kind of a mouthful. And, you may be wondering what it even means! Kilauea is a volcano in Hawaii (hence the heat aspect of the confection) and hala kahiki is Hawaiian for pineapple. But after more consideration, I believe this version of pineapple sherbet is best named, Mr. Leeson’ Revenge.
If you look closely at the “revenge” scoop, you can just make out the red flecks of pepper.