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Fresh Prickly Pear Ice

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Category: Low Fat, Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 3 1/2 lb Fresh prickly pears; (abt 18
  • -med)
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 3 tb Freshly squeezed lime juice


HERE'S an unusual recipe that uses the fruit of the nopal cactus. The
puree, before freezing, also makes a delicious sauce over ice cream or
puddled under a simple bread pudding.

Cut a 1/2-inch slice off both ends of the prickly pears, then make a
1/2-inch deep incision down one side, end to end. Carefully (there are
spines) peel off the rind, starting from your incision. If the prickly pear
is ripe, the rind will easily peel away. Roughly chop the peeled fruit.

Place the fruit in a blender or food processor. Add water, sugar and lime
juice and blend for several minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.
Strain through a medium-mesh sieve. Taste for sweetness, adding more sugar
or lime juice if necessary. Chill thoroughly.

Pour chilled mixture into canister of ice cream freezer and freeze
according to manufacturer's directions. When the ice comes out of the
machine, it may be rather soft; for a firmer texture, let it ``ripen'' in
your freezer for a couple of hours before serving.

Serves 6.

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