Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mango ice-cream

Am not going to buy an ice cream maker, am not going to buy an ice-cream maker, there is really no end to buying and this is one resolution I hope to keep. Unless of course a dear friend will give me a surprise or an early birthday gift. I have a huge love affair with sorbets you can see here, here and here,  I have learnt that you really do not need a fancy devise to make a sorbet. But there comes a time in everyone’s life when there is a calling, an inner strong calling to make your own ice-cream. So, am going to be doing this without an ice-cream maker ( all sympathetic thoughts can be expressed in the comments)  and It’s going to be mango, why mango ? Coz I cannot get a box of ready to eat mango ice-cream here in the US. Much to my dismay it was not disappointing and got a thumbs up from both hubs and finally teen.  There is no case ( in my own mind) for an ice-cream maker. If you are imagining me churning this mix endlessly, to give that smooth creamy texture, am sure to disappoint you. Not much of elbow-grease here.

A lot of people have been asking me about moody photography, maybe this might be a good time to talk about it. It’s uncommon to see an ice-cream shot this way. It’s usually high-key. like this one. Am talking about the over head shot, the first image in this post. First, I was a bit tired of doing high key and we had heavy sheet of dark clouds in the morning (when I shot this). So for me this could be a rainy sultry day, exactly how it was. So I switched from a white background (with white plate) to a deep blue background and a dark charcoal gray plate. It’s minimum styling. I blocked the light and the only source is upper left. A little light did trickle from the left. When I took the shot, it had a better exposure than this one, as I usually watch the histogram before I click the shutter. As I want to gather maximum information. I darkened it in post processing ( using levels). Since it was over head I used f/4 and shutter 1/50sec. It was not a bright morning and I shot it hand held, so I had to pick a shutter that would not show a visible shake.  Hope this helps, if you need any more details, let me know.  I did take more shots with different, colors and props, just to show how the mood changes.

Now back to the ice-cream….

Ice cream without ice cream maker, Mango ice cream, homemade mango ice cream, recipe

Ice cream without ice cream maker, Mango ice cream, homemade mango ice cream, recipe

It does not have much of fat, the reason: fat loves me and I don’t appreciate this kind of love.
2 bananas frozen
few pineapple pieces frozen ( to add a bit of water content)
1/2 cup half n half or cream
2-3 tbsp milk powder
1 cup mango pulp (ready or from fresh)
If you used ready you will not need sugar.
few saffron strands
1 tsp cardamom powder
Sugar ( to taste) if u added fresh mango pulp

Blend all the above in a blender in high speed till smooth, pour it ( it will be really thick) into a plastic airtight container, freeze for couple of hours, remove and whip till smooth - repeat, freeze over night, scoop out and enjoy.

I also served it on a bed of mango sauce.

1/4 cup mango pulp
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp red chili powder.

Mix and chill.

Ice cream without ice cream maker, Mango ice cream, homemade mango ice cream, recipe

Ice cream without ice cream maker, Mango ice cream, homemade mango ice cream, recipe

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  1. Simi this is just perfect for summer evenings! And of all the shots i liked the star bowl one..lovely depth of field n great look with simple props..a classy composition.

  2. I've been wondering about a mango ice cream, so glad you tried it! The color is so intense, and I love that you added cardamom!

  3. I admire you that you have prepared such a masterpiece of mango ice cream that too without using an ice cream maker and thanks a lot for sharing camera details and shutter speeds. Looks awesome.

  4. wow..admire your photography skills,Simi..just drooling over the pics :)

  5. So very creamy and delish! I love the add of saffron.

  6. With or without ice cream maker, the mango icecream turned out to be appealing and you have captured it beautifuly!!

  7. this is the best photograph i have seen today.....very soothing for eyes.. loved the colour combo... really dark blue...ice cream looks super delicious.... this is the first time i am on your blog...have a great day


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