A homemade version of the classic theme park dessert.
If you’ve ever found yourself at certain amusement parks (those that rhyme with “FISNEY”) on a hot summer day, you’ll probably run across something called a Dole Whip. It’s basically a cross between sorbet and ice cream made with fresh pineapple. And it might just be the most refreshing thing ever on a hot summer day.
Luckily, you don’t need a plane ticket to make it happen. It’s easy to make a really delicious version at home.
Step one is you need a lot of pineapple. (A lot.) I like to start with frozen chunks of pineapple. You want them to be about half thawed; I just defrost mine in the microwave until they are somewhat thawed but still have some ice chunks.
Add the half-thawed pineapple to a blender with milk (I like whole milk for extra creaminess), vanilla, lemon juice, and a small pinch of salt.
Then blend this until it’s completely smooth. To be honest, you can just serve the whip like this if you want! It’ll be very soft, but it doesn’t get much easier than that.
If you want the mixture to be a bit thicker and hold its shape like ice cream, you’ll need to churn it in an ice cream maker. (Not terribly hard, assuming you have an ice cream maker.) I prefer a thicker texture personally, but it’s all about what you like.
I chilled my churn bowl and churned the mixture for 10-15 minutes so it had a much thicker consistency.
The pineapple frozen dessert is so refreshing and the lemon and vanilla flavors make the whole thing pop. If you’ve never had this before, it’s worth trying for sure!
One note: This is definitely best served right away. If you want to freeze it for later it’ll get really hard. In that case, it’s actually best to thaw it briefly in the microwave (1-2 minutes on defrost) so it softens again.
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