Monday, February 6, 2012

blood orange sherbet & pink heart meringues

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Summer fruit seems to get all the glory with it's juicy berries, melons, and stone fruit. But winter has some pretty spectacular fruit itself. Blood oranges are a favorite in our house this time of year. I always think I'm getting way too much as I place the stretching plastic bagful into the cart.  And although the bowl of oranges on the counter looks massive, it only lasts a day or two. L (almost 2) screams "peel it, peel it!" which of course leads to a white kitchen table (and little girl) covered in red drips.
Every time I cut into a blood orange I'm amazed that such a vibrant color just grows in nature
 
With their natural sweetness, these blood oranges were just begging me to turn them into a sinless dessert. So we juiced them, added some milk, a tiny bit of sugar, and soon had the most amazingly delicious ice cream. It tasted like 50/50 ice cream - that refreshing orange and vanilla combination - with the added bonus of being naturally pink! If you have girls who love the book Pinkalicious, you know just how big of an added bonus this really is. Huge. Hubby was at a conference in New Orleans all week so our household was feeling very pink. 
 After the girls went to bed while Yummy Hubby was away I did what I do when I get anxious. I bake like a mad woman. So we ended up with these delicate pink heart meringue cookies. They are also fairly sinless, being that they are fat-free and low-carb. Both of these recipes would make perfect Valentine's Day desserts.

Blood Orange Sherbet 
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2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, approximately 2 to 3 pounds oranges
zest of one blood orange 
1/4 cup sugar (amount may vary depending on the sweetness of your oranges)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups whole milk

In a medium bowl, whisk together juice, zest, sugar, vanilla, and milk. Chill until very cold, about 1 hour. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers instructions. Transfer to freezer-safe container and store in freezer.


Heart Meringue Cookies 

4 egg whites
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
pink gel food coloring (if you want them to be pink!)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy using an electric mixer. Sprinkle in sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whip at medium speed. Add a tiny drop of food coloring if using. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny stop mixing, and transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet using a large round tip or star tip in a heart shape.
Place the meringues in the oven and place a wooden spoon handle in the door to keep it from closing all the way. Bake for 2 1/2 hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the pan. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature. meringue recipe via

49 comments:

  1. Wow! I love the heart meringues! They are so pretty! And the ice cream sounds wonderful - I will have to try that one!

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  2. Ohhh my looks amazing!! I have an ice cream maker...and I have been having a major craving for citrus! May need to bust that thing out :)

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  3. So fresh and yummy! Love it!

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  4. I am beautifully impressed with your post.

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  5. My tangerine tree is dripping with fruit- I may have to try out your sherbet recipe with them. It won't be the pretty pink that your is, but I bet it will taste great!

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  6. Gorgeous colors! Meringues are so fun!

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  7. Love the color! This looks delicious, and so fresh!

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  8. What a decadent little dessert and so girly! I love pink! Pink is just such a fun color and always makes me smile.

    Your photographs are so lifelike and beautiful that I want to just take a spoon dive into that bowl of sherbet.

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  9. I love your photos! Your ice cream looks and sounds amazing. I need to invest in ana ice cream maker.

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  10. How gorgeous. I need to make this sherbet in my ice cream maker this week!

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  11. What a beautiful post! And I agree with you, blood oranges are amazing...their colour surprises me every time!
    Jo-Anna

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  12. blood oranges are magical! yum, this looks amazing. i love that it can be cute, pink + sweet or a totally romantic dish!

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  13. I was addicted to Blood Orange Sorbet when I first got pregnant, love the flavor..and those adorable little cookies!

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  14. beautiful. you amaze me

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  15. Beautiful :D Blood oranges are such an amazing color - I can't believe I hadn't experienced them until this year! I love the idea of your meringues :)

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  16. Blood orange anything is SO in right now. I have to try this!!

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  17. Beautiful sherbet and adorable little meringue hearts - yes, my little one LOVED pinkailicous! These will be right up her alley!
    mary x

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  18. These recipes look delicious. I haven't tried my ice cream maker yet, this may be the very recipe I need to season it. Thank you.
    Karen

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  19. This looks so pretty and tasty as well. Just finished dinner and I am so wishing I had this for dessert!

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  20. I have a whole bunch of blood oranges, that I was trying to think of something yummy to make! I now know what it will be. Thanx Marina... XoXo

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  21. Oh, I want to taste that! It's beautiful, too!

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  22. Adorableness (is that a word?!). Love the blood oranges this time of year. Also check out Cara Cara oranges. They have a less acidic flavor than typical oranges and a beautiful rosy flesh. I'm completely addicted. Available at the Sunday market in Goleta. A friend of ours runs the stand.

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  23. I don't have an ice cream maker...perhaps I should invest?
    I love blood oranges ~ my MIL sells a blood orange juice from italy in her shop. My fave.
    And the cookies...too sweet.

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  24. Marina, the gorgeous photos drew me in to this post, and now I'm spell-bound by the sight of those blood oranges. I've never tasted them, but I love orange/vanilla sherbet, and now I think I have to go buy some of those and make this immediately! :)

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  25. How gorgeous is this ice cream. Breath taking photos. Your girls are so lucky to have you as their Momma!

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  26. Love that you are giving the winter fruit some love :) I adore the hearts! :)
    Cindy

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  27. You make such beautiful food! The sorbet would be so pretty topped with the meringues:)

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  28. sounds and look amazing!

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  29. Gorgeous meringues and lovely sorbet:) I love blood oranges and you inspired me with this perfect recipe.xx

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  30. the color of those blood oranges is just drool worthy. Love the sherbet and meringues. So beautiful!

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  31. I really like your blog!! It´s very nice and cute.
    All the recipes and post, are both very interesting :D
    I´m your new follower!
    I invite you to visit my blog, I hope you like it.
    xoxoxo from Spain
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

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  32. This looks so good! I just never know where to buy a blood orange. Your average grocery store doesn't seem to supply them. Any ideas?

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    1. Hi Hannah! In our area (Southern California) I've seen them at Whole Foods, Gelson's, and Trader Joe's. And of course the farmers market. Now's the time they are available :) Enjoy!

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  33. Wow, Marina! This is mouth watering! I'll be in So Cal next month...make me some??! hehe ;)

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  34. Sooo pretty. I have not once seen blood oranges in my store...EVER. It is soooo annoying!

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  35. Marina, this is so creative & pretty. Any Valentine would be smitten by this treat!

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  36. This looks out of this world tasty! I love blood oranges, the color is amazing. I look forward to looking around you blog! Have a wonderful week!

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  37. Wow these looks seriously amazing, I’m drooling all over the screen here, I have to tray this receipt ASAP, I bet it taste as good at it looks, it doesn’t seem so complicated to prepare, I will give it a tray! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

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  38. Looks lovely as usual. The sherbert makes me wanting summer here in NJ...

    Have a great weekend!

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  39. i just bought an ice cream maker and as soon as the weather calm down i will try this!!!! thanks for the recipe dear.
    take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  40. Such a refreshing treat! I'm so addicted to blood oranges lately!! Happy Sunday!

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  41. Oh this looks so amazing! And good for other occasions other than the Valentines trend right now! YUM, thanks!

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  42. Saw this on Lora's pinterest board... I think I love it!!

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  43. MMMM this sorbet looks so so good! I am definitely craving it big time! :)

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  44. Thanks for the wonderful idea. My daughter is going to have so much fun making these with me. :)

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