If you want to knock someone’s socks off in a presentation, try serving your next cool dessert in this beautiful bowl made of ice. It looks complicated but it’s not. It’s inexpensive to make, all you need is water, some fresh flowers, leaves, and fresh herbs from your garden or market. Okay yes, there are a lot of things going on here, and it does take time. But it is fun, creative and the results, stunning, be patient. Okay, there are a lot of steps here so please read everything over a couple of times so you understand what to do! It should be fun and not frustrating! It’s all in the preparations!
Pay attention to the bowl while making it could:
1. Slip out of your hands while transferring, from the freezer to your work area to assemble the dessert.
2. Slide off the serving dish, so make sure to fold 2 paper towels to fit under the ice bowl so you don’t see it on the serving plate to anchor the bowl.
3. Leak water if you take it out of the freezer too soon
4. Crack on the sides if you’re not careful when you take it out of the freezer.
Other than that you will end up with a beautiful eye-popping bowl that will keep your sorbet, ice cream and even fresh fruit cold.
The best part is you can gently wash out the bowl with a paper towel soaked in ice water after you used it. Put it back into the freezer and use it again and again until it starts to look a little sad, then make another one!
MAKE THE BOWL!
Use your imagination and put combinations of flowers, twigs, fruits, or fresh herbs you like!
THIS IS WHAT I USED TO MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL ICE BOWL!
2 cups marbles or small stones
1-12″ inch wide glass bowl, 5″ inches high
1-8″inch wide glass bowl, 3″High
Approximately 7 or more cups of distilled water
9 multi-color small roses with stems cut off at the neck, cut off leaves and save
1 large rose with petals pulled off
5 stems of fresh mint, pull mint leaves off one stem to put in the ice bowl
2 stems rosemary cut into 1/4’s
3 to 6 nasturtium cut off at the neck
1 lemon sliced thin
1 lime sliced thin
1 orange sliced thin
LET’S GET STARTED
Insert the smaller bowl into the center of the larger bowl.
Add the water in between the large bowl and the small bowl. Fill it to the top of the big bowl.
The small bowl is going to float freely upwards. Make sure the small bowl rims are not covered with water. This will make it easier to remove the bowl.
Add the weights to the small bowl making sure to leave 2″ to 3″ of water on the bottom.
Center the small bowl and use packing scotch tape to anchor all four sides.
Take the flowers, leaves, and herbs and start to place them in the water between the large glass bowl and the smaller one.
Gently press them as far down in the water as you can using a long toothpick. Some will float to the top, don’t let that discourage you keep right on filling it in with flowers and herbs. You will see as you add more leaves, flowers, oranges, lemons, limes, fresh herbs, it will help to keep the flowers in place as they get tangled inside them.
Use thin slices of limes and lemons and oranges and slide them in on the side of the large bowl where you can see them through the glass. Refer to the photo below like the photo shows you. Don’t worry if some of the leaves or flowers are sticking a bit out of the top of the water.
Gently and carefully place the bowl in the freezer and make sure it is level.
Check yet again the smaller center bowl and adjust it back to the center as it may have shifted on the way to the freezer.
Freeze until frozen solid. approximately 6 hours
TO RELEASE THE BOWLS
Remove the bowl from the freezer and place it on a work surface.
Remove the weights from the small bowl.
Fill the small bowl 3/4 of the way up with warm to tepid water. NOT HOT or you will crack the glass, let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
Play with the rim of the small bowl by trying to move it a bit and see if it becomes loose and then easily twist and remove it.
If the small bowl is still stuck at this point you can add some more warm water. Wait for another 1 to 2 more minutes and try again.
The moment it becomes loose remove the small bowl and place the large glass bowl back in the freezer for 10 minutes.
In the meantime fill up your sink with 4″ inches of lukewarm water (NOT HOT).
After the 10 minutes are up, place the frozen large glass bowl from the freezer into the lukewarm water and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
Drain the water in the sink and fill the sink up again up to 4″ inches with more tepid water. Let it sit for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Use your hands to gently loosen the ice bowl from the glass bowl. When it starts to twirl easily you can tilt the large glass bowl to one side and the ice bowl will come out easily, just make sure you use both hands to lift its slippery!
Place it on the plate with the paper towel and place it back into the freezer for at least 20 minutes. You can either use the ice bowl immediately or cover it with plastic wrap and save for when you do. Will keep nicely for up to a month.
When ready to use your beautiful Ice Bowl, remove the sorbet or ice cream from the freezer and let sit for 5 minutes to soften. Scoop out as many as you need to fill your bowl. Place back into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes just to harden up the sorbet or ice cream. You are now ready to serve!
I use Haagen-Dazs sorbet and there are many wonderful flavors, so pick the ones you like. Blueberry Cabernet is out of control, and the peach, mango, and raspberry are outstanding. Intense real berry taste that’s not too sugary, just refreshing!
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