Pat Southard of Front Royal, Va., was searching for a recipe for a frozen-fruit slush. Nancy Brown of Huntley, Ill., says this recipe can be made with almost any combination of fruit and juices and is a "super-good" treat, especially in the summertime. Her recipe makes quite a large quantity. Because it has to be frozen and then partially thawed before serving, I decided to freeze it in two separate containers instead of one large one.
Some planning is needed for this concoction because it needs to freeze completely, which took eight-plus hours, and then it must defrost for 30 to 45 minutes to have the right slushy consistency for serving. But this refreshing and healthful slush makes a delightful treat on a hot summer day.
Serves 10 to 12
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups hot water
one 6-ounce can frozen orange juice
18 ounces water
6 mashed, ripe bananas
one 20-ounce can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1 quart fresh or frozen strawberries, cut up
one 5.5-ounce can apricot nectar
Dissolve sugar in hot water. Add frozen orange juice and water. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add in the mashed bananas, crushed pineapple with liquid, strawberries and apricot nectar. Stir well to combine.
Pour into a large container and freeze; stir often while it is setting to distribute full flavor. Remove from freezer 30 to 45 minutes before serving. Spoon into glasses and serve.
Per serving (based on 12 servings): 249 calories, 2 grams protein, trace fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 64 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 2 milligrams sodium
Kenneth Kelm of Glen Burnie is looking for a recipe for the gingerbread cupcakes with chocolate icing that were sold at Wolfe's, a local bakery that was on Lombard Street in Baltimore City, when he was growing up.
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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.