Saturday, December 29, 2012
One of the many pleasures of spending a Saturday in San Francisco is to visit Farmers' Market at the Ferry Building. It is indeed hustling and bustling with fresh produce that exceeds your expectations. You meet farmers selling Sugarcanes, Green Pea Shoots, Date Blossoms. Some stalls have just root vegetables or some specialize just in leafy greens. You may come across a vendor selling exotic beans (yellow eyed peas, Christmas beans etc!) and then just walk a few steps and you will see florists selling beautiful flowers. I do go crazy. Just look up and you will see a statue of Gandhiji. Step inside the Ferry Building and you will be in a foodie paradise. The slanted Door -a welknown modern Vietnamese restaurant outlet - serves the best Banh Me and steamed dumplings and they do have vegetarian options available. Acme Bread company serves some delicious breads and sandwiches. Cowgirl Creamery whips up some seriously delicious cheeses. You will come across a vendor selling vegan cupcakes. The sheer variety that you see at this farmers' market is mind blowing. After tasting and sharing some of the best foods, we stop at the legendary "Ciao Bella Gellato Shop". Being Indians, it's not a surpise if we always take at least one scoop of "Alphonso Mango Sorbetto".
However tempting it was for me to try Ciao Bella's Alphonso Mango Sorbetto, I had decided not to bother. I mean why to produce my own versions, and be blasphemous to the legend? But destiny had different plans!!;-) I was browsing through the library and right there in front of my eyes, I spotted a book "Ciao Bella Book of Ice cream and Gelato" - I checked out the book from the library and there it was - "Ciao Bella Alphonso Mango Sorbetto Recipe".Well, looks like I was destined to try this after all!;-)
If you are an ice cream lover, don't forget to visit their shop and try some of their recipes from their book. It's awesome!
Alphonso Mango Sorbetto
From The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto
30 oz or 3 cups sweetened Alphonso Mango Puree, chilled
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1. Boil water with sugar over medium heat. Whisk to dissolve.
2. Simmer for 4 minutes.
3. Remove and let it cool down.
4. Pour into a bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
5. Pour into an icecream machine.
6. Add chilled Alphonso Mango puree
7. Process the ice cream maker.
8. Transfer to an airtight container.
9. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
1. For more information, refer to The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto
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