Pear Strawberry Slush with Cucumber and Ice Cream
Pear Strawberry Slush with Cucumber and Ice Cream is a surprisingly refreshing dessert! Follow this simple refreshing recipe and slowly ease your way into spring!
With all Leftovers posts, we create a fun and tasty recipe and draw inspirations from the traditional concept. Please take the time to look at The Journey to appreciate where it all came from: Cucumber Sunomono Salad
This sounds like a weird combination, but if you will indulge me I would like to tell you the idea behind this dessert recipe.
I had to do something with the cucumber from the leftover I had from the previous post. I was thinking of salads or even some infused drink. As I was pondering, one of my favorite drinks I like to have at the bar came to mind. Besides whisky, the mint cucumber julep is my go to. My favorite part is at the end of the drink where you eat the cucumber that’s been marinating in the drink. YUM!
As I dug through the refrigerator, there were some fruits left which allowed me to try something new. I made a simple syrup with a pear and some strawberries that gave me the fruity sweet flavor I was looking for. I removed the fruits and blended them which gave me a very soft, yogurt like consistency. After cooling them, I added my sliced cucumbers into the puree so that it will be infused with the flavors. (my favorite part of the mint cucumber julep! At this point, I still had no idea if I was going to make a drink or something else.)
Rummaging through my fridge again, the inspiration came. With milk and heavy cream available, I knew, with a little research, I could do a 5th grade science project and make ice cream! With the cucumber fetched out of the fruit puree, I mixed the puree into the milk, heavy cream, salt, sugar and made ice cream with a little help from Google and science! The inspiration was only 80% fulfilled though, as now my syrup was rendered useless.
As I was putting away my ice cream to keep its form, to decide what I’ll do with the syrup, my ice tray was calling out to me. Bingo! (Do kids still use this term?) I muddled some mint, crushed some ice, used my syrup to make the tasty refreshing slush, and then I added my homemade ice cream and the infused cucumber together. It was surprisingly delicious!
I present to you the Pear Strawberry Slush with Cucumber and Ice Cream.
Keep watch and constantly stir so you don’t burn the fruits on the bottom.
When you make the slush, you blend together some of the remaining fruits with the ice and syrup to have a stronger taste.
*I went to culinary school, worked as a chef for 8 years, but never really learned how to cook until I read these four books. If you want to go beyond cooking from just reading a recipe, I go into details in how these four books changed the way I cook: Learning How to Cook
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