Iced Sherbet (Creamy Orange Sherbet) from The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook

 

“…Cushions were put under his head and he was given iced sherbet in a golden cup to drink and told to keep very quiet.”

- C. S. Lewis – “The Horse and His Boy”

Ah, Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper.  If you’ve read The Horse and His Boy, you’ll recognize the story immediately, though thankfully C.S. Lewis only uses it as a segue to introduce another part of the story.

Please don’t tell Dudette that I told you this, but she actually owns the Barbie movie version of Twain’s book. If one Barbie switcheroo movie wasn’t enough to make mothers across the U.S. cringe and make Mr. Clemens turn over in his grave, the Barbie folks have even come up with a second version this year, “The Princess and the Popstar.”

Personally, I’ll stick with The Prince and the Pauper and Narnia’s Shasta and Corwin. Poor Shasta. Not only does he discover that he’s about to be sold to a mighty nasty man, but when he decides to escape on the man’s horse, he discovers that the animal can talk and is, in fact, somewhat smarter than him.

So, when he ends up with Narnia’s kings and queens, sitting on a pile of cushions and enjoying a cup of sherbet, life’s pretty darn good for him. I’d feel the same way.

My love for vanilla ice cream only glows brighter when a scoop of orange sherbet is added to it.  Hear the ice cream truck? Pass me a dreamsicle. Ask Dudette to order for me at Dairy-O’s? She’ll call for a single scoop in a cup, half vanilla, half orange sherbet.

The Process

While I doubt that the Arabs of way back when had ice cream makers, you will need one in order to make this sherbet.  And a blender. And some form of juicing device.

With those three items in hand, sherbet-making is a breeze.

The recipe calls for five pantry items; heavy cream, sugar, orange and vanilla extracts and orange juice. Compared with a leading brand’s ingredient list of water, sugar, corn syrup, nonfat milk, whey, concentrated orange juice, natural flavors, orange pulp, gum tragacanth, yellow 6, citric acid, methyl cellulose, carob bean gum, karaya gum, and pectin, I’ll take the first.

The Verdict

As an orange sherbet connoisseur, I give this recipe two thumbs up. Hubby does too. It’s a bit odd eating orange sherbet that’s not orange, but I got over that pretty quickly. The texture is creamy and the flavor is all orange, well, with nice hint of vanilla.

Dudette is a bit torn. She’s at the age where the processed cheese beats out real Cheddar and Oreos are better than home baked. Same goes with sherbet, apparently.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

I might use a bit more orange extract and a bit less orange juice to keep the sherbet nice and creamy.

Iced Sherbet (Creamy Orange Sherbet) from The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 quart
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 8 oranges)
Instructions
  1. Whip the cream with the sugar and extracts until soft peaks form. Continue whipping while slowly pouring in the juice against the side of the bowl, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Pour into an ice cream make and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Scrape into an airtight container and freeze until firm.

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Gloriously Sticky Marmalade Roll from The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook

“And when they had finished the fish, Mrs. Beaver brought unexpectedly out of the oven a great and gloriously sticky marmalade roll, steaming hot…”

- C. S. Lewis – “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”

When all four Pevensies finally made it through the wardrobe, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver put their lives on the line to hide them and keep them safe. After a dinner of fried fish, potatoes and fresh bread slathered with butter, this amazing dessert is set on the table for everyone to enjoy.

Soon after, the group flees after discovering that the evil White Witch’s wolves are on the way. The wolves arrive and wreck the cozy little dam house, but the Pevensies and Beavers are long gone. And the adventure continues.

Such is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, book one in The Chronicles of Narnia. Can I tell you how much fun it was to have these memories of the many times I’ve read this book flood back while I was kneading the dough for the Gloriously Sticky Marmalade Roll? It was awesome, well and truly so.

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook brings the enchanting and glorious world of Narnia straight to your kitchen, with over 150 easy-to-make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes, including:

  • Beautiful Breakfasts- Share a breakfast for the Man-stomach of Centaurs, with stick-to-your-ribs porridge, crispy bacon, tender omelet with sautéed vegetable filling, baked york ham, and toast with sweet orange marmalade.
  • Magical Lunches- Have lunch straight from the Magician’s kitchen, with cold lamb, vegetable-cheese omelet, oniony garlicky pea’s porridge, strawberry ice, lemon squash, and hot chocolate.
  • Delectable Dinners- Enjoy Christmas Dinner from Father Christmas, complete with roasted goose with fall fruit stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with onion gravy, and plum pudding.
  • Delightful Desserts- Have tea with Tumnus and enjoy buttered toast with honey or sugar-dusted sponge tea cakes.

The Process

Since Santa didn’t see fit to buy me a stand mixer this year (sob), I got to hand-knead my dough after combining the wet and dry ingredients. (Yes, I may whine about it, but I actually enjoy standing at the counter and kneading dough, so don’t pay much attention to the sob.)

Instead of being a true rolled pastry, this is made with a criss-cross pattern, easy enough to create with a pair of scissors and laying one strip over another. A quick brush of egg over the top and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and in the oven it goes.

As a note, the amazing Gina of SP Cookie Queen had sent me a glorious jar of her Blood Orange Marmalade a while back and it’s been sitting in my cupboard waiting on the perfect recipe. This was it. That is why my marmalade is a lovely shade of red. Eat your hearts out, friends. I am one lucky, lucky lady.

The Verdict

Yum. Mrs. Beaver served the pastry with tea, which I went ahead and used too in order to get the full experience. I don’t like tea so I really look forward to having a slice (or three) of this with my coffee tomorrow morning. It’s delicious.

The pastry baked up light and sweet, a perfect pair for the orange marmalade filling. I was so lucky to have home made jam and I do recommend using the highest quality you can find. I can see why the group was so excited when Mrs. Beaver set the platter in front of them. It a gorgeous, scrumptious treat.

What I’d Do Different Next Time

I did sprinkle my roll with powdered sugar, which I think works well, especially if your jam has a little tartness to it like mine did (which I loved).

Gloriously Sticky Marmalade Roll from The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
 
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from The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1 roll
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • ½ cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Add the butter, egg yolks, and milk and combine. Knead with an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook or by hand for 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and comes away cleanly from the sides of the bowl. Place in an oiled bowl, turning to coat the dough. cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, 1½ to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface about ¼ -inch thick into a rectangle. Transfer the dough rectangle to the baking sheet (once filled, it will be difficult to move). Spread the marmalade down the center of the rectangle, leaving a 2-inch border on each side.
  4. Cut 2-inch long slits 1 inch apart along the length of the rectangle on both sides. Fold the flaps over the filling.
  5. Brush the top of the roll with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating halfway through baking, until golden and bubbling.
Notes
If possible, use a high quality, home made orange marmalade. A dusting of powdered sugar on top balances a tart marmalade well.

 

This recipe, as well as over 150 others are collected in Dinah Bucholz’s “The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook,” a copy of which I am giving away. Use the new fangled giveaway doodad below to enter before Sunday, December 30, 9am EDT if you’d like a chance to win a copy.

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