It's funny how things come back in fashion. When I was a kid (we're talking 20 years ago here....eek that makes me feel old!), we always used to make ice bowls to serve desserts on special occasions. Then it got a bit, predictable & old. Fast forward to today & I couldn't wait to make a floral ice bowl, with the edible flowers I grow on my balcony. You need to make these about 8 hours in advance (or more, if you like), but it's really easy in terms of effort, most of the time is just waiting for the water to freeze.
What do I need?
- 2 bowls - 1 larger than the other (& ideally heavier). I used a glass bowl for the larger size & a plastic bowl for the smaller
- A weight - bearing in mind this has to go in the freezer! I used an empty coffee jar
- Something decorative - I've used flowers, but you could use fruits or anything pretty that's not poisonous!
- Access to a freezer
- Wash your flowers, fruit, or whatever decorative item you are using & cut into smaller pieces if needed
- Add water to the bowl & roughly arrange your items (you'll be able to alter this later)
- Put your smaller, lighter bowl into the big bowl & weigh down (not fully to the bottom - as this will be the base of your bowl) - see picture above
- Put in the freezer & leave for an hour, or until partially frozen
- When the bowl is partially frozen, you can arrange the flowers how you want them to sit. As there will be some ice in the bowl by this point, the layout will stay roughly as you planned it, rather than falling to the bottom
- Return to the freezer, this time making sure the bowls are sitting flat & the inner bowl is as central as possible
- Leave in the freezer for around 7 hours, or until completely frozen
- You're done! You might find it a little hard removing the ice bowl, if this is the case pour some hot water over the outer bowl to warm it up a bit & the bowl should slide right off. Serve your dessert (ice cream or fruit salad are great options), sit back & enjoy!
- When choosing a bowl to use, keep in mind that the difference in size will be the thickness of your bowl. Try not to make it too thin, as it will melt much faster & will be too brittle for people to use
- Serve your bowl on a plate, so any water produced if the bowl starts to melt goes on the plate, not on your guest (stops their hands from getting cold too!). A napkin on the plate will stop it sliding around.
- I'd definitely recommend this for an occasion when guests will be sitting down, I think it might be a bit too much to juggle an icy bowl, eat, stand & probably hold a drink at the same time!
- If you'd rather not serve the dessert in these bowls, why not try making one large bowl. It makes a great eye-catching centre piece for your table & keeps the food cold - perfect for fruit salads
Hope this has inspired you in some way. I'd love to hear from you, if you have any feedback or if there's anything you'd like to see on the blog, please feel free to get in touch via the comments below or by emailing contact@29andSeptember.com
Have a great weekend!