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Iced Fruit Salad

  • 4 hours
  • Medium
  • Desserts and Fruit
This fruit salad is served in an ice bowl and is the perfect way to make a good impression at a summer lunch. The ice will help to keep the fruit very cold.

Ingredients: Per 4 servings

  • 4 white peaches
  • lb plums
  • ½ melon
  • 5 oz cherries , black
  • 2 ½ oz grapes, black
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup sweet wine
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Preparation:

Wash and clean the pieces of fruit; stone them and cut into pieces (or small balls) leaving the grapes whole. Sprinkle over the fruit the sugar and a pinch of finely grated nutmeg, douse with the wine, and put into the fridge.

Then take two hemispheric receptacles, of different capacities; put into the bottom of the larger a layer of ice cubes; then lay on top of these the smaller bowl and slide more ice cubes between them.

Run some water between the two receptacles, to fill the gaps, and put the containers, as they are, into the freezer, until a layer of ice forms between the two receptacles. At this point, pour into the smaller receptacle a small cup of hot water and rotate it briefly.

Remove the smaller mold, which will have been freed from the grip of the ice, and dip the larger receptacle in hot water for a moment.

Having completely freed the ice “fruit bowl”, position it in the center of a large plate, prevuiously kept in the fridge and then covered with a doily (to stop the “fruit bowl” from sliding back and forth on the plate as it melts), and fill it with the cold fruit salad.

Serve promptly.

Food History

Thanks to the freezer, making ice is a fairly quick and simple operation. In the past, it was quite difficult to enjoy water in its solid state. Despite all the difficulties, the Greeks and Romans, armed with ingenuity, were able to conserve snow and ice for long periods of time, collecting it from the mountain glaciers. Underground rooms were built to keep the snow cold. Large quantities of snow was pressed and buried so that it could be used during the summer. In ancient Rome, in fact, ice was often used not only for preserving food, but for cooling down food and drinks and as an ingredient for basic sorbets.

Did you know that

Alexander the Great, one of the most important commanders in history, would build temporary ice-rooms during his long trips in order to conserve ice to provide to his men to cool off during the hot summer days?

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