Ah! Today I’m making a simple marmalade
water ice. Once the Braybrookes and their guests have eaten their savory and sweet
courses, and then perhaps cheese, they need something to cleanse their palate. Fruit is always served but here at Audley End House we also like to serve at least
one water ice. For this recipe you will need: Marmalade Water The juice of a
small lemon and candied peel. First I need to make the mix.
You can use any jam or marmalade. It’s really simple and ideal if you’re in a bit of a rush.
To a pint of boiling water, add about a cup full of marmalade. Then some lemon juice and give it a good stir. Let it cool and then chill it. I’m going to freeze my mixture in my
Sorbetière. I’ve already put in a layer of ice and sprinkled it with salt and now
I’m going to pack ice all around the outside sprinkling with salt as I go. There. Enough ice, just a little more salt.
The salt helps reduce the temperature of the ice, and now that my mix is cool
enough I can pour it in. The secret to a good water ice is to keep it moving, so I’ve given it a good stir there. I’ll put the lid on and then turn the sorbetière just two or three times. You don’t have to do this continuously, just fairly regularly. So I’ll be back in about ten minutes. As you can see my mix is starting to
freeze, so I’m going to give it a good stir. I use the ice like this to make
water ice, cream ice (ice cream) and sorbets, which are water ice but with alcohol. I read in the newspaper that the Queen has been sent frozen meat from Australia.
Well that must be nearly a hundred days at sea! The wonders of a very large ice box. I’ll leave that for a bit longer. Now that it’s frozen I shall put it in a mold. Hmm. I think this one. I need to make sure it gets all the way
down to the bottom. You can buy ices on the street from Italian street sellers –
they’re called penny licks. You get them in a little glass and then you lick it
out and hand it back. Not very hygienic. And I dread to think where the water ice is made. There. Now, I shall take it to my icebox and let it freeze. Now that your water ice is frozen, you
can decorate it. I’m going to use candied peel and fresh lemons. And there you are –
marmalade water ice.