Cranberries jubilee is a version of the classic cherries jubilee recipe. Cranberries are full of great rich berry flavor and they are slightly tart. Many chefs prefer sour cherries instead of sweet cherries for cherries jubilee, so cranberries fit right in the picture. Cranberries jubilee is perfect with a good vanilla bean ice cream.
Ice cream recipes have not been posted in this blog as of yet, because I currently do not have an ice cream maker. I have made ice cream in the back yard with an old fashioned hand turned ice cream maker when I was a kid. Later we bought an ice cream maker that had an electric motor. Shoveling ice around the ice cream drum and pouring rock salt on the ice to make the ice melt quicker is how old fashioned ice cream is made.
Modern ice cream machines for restaurants are very pricy. Industrial strength ice cream machines are the best. High quality rugged stainless steel ice cream makers for home are also expensive, but they yield a high quality ice cream product and they are reliable. Cheaper plastic ice cream machines for home usually yield a second rate soft ice cream and reliability is an issue. Insulator bowls that are placed in a freezer then attached to a cake mixer never really hold the necessary low temperature that is required to produce stiff ice cream and they can lead to frustrating moments.
When I run across a good deal on a used rebuilt small industrial grade restaurant style ice cream maker, then I will start posting ice cream, sorbet and sherbet recipes. Till then, a good high quality ice cream from a grocery store is the best choice. Many restaurants and home cooks do purchase ice cream from stores and that is okay. Try to select a natural ice cream that is not modified with gums, chemicals or corn syrup. The base of all French style ice cream is creme anglaise. If you see more than the ingredients for creme anglaise (excluding the flavors added, like vanilla bean, fruit, chocolate etc) on an ice cream container label, then it is not a natural ice cream.
There are only a few ingredients that are required to make jubilee. Jubilee is a very popular item in New Orleans. Jubilees are usually made table side on a serving cart and served immediately. Jubilee is always served with ice cream and sometimes a few small slices of cake are added. A scoop of ice cream on top of a slice of pound cake with jubilee sauce is a very nice comfortable dessert. Some prefer their jubilee without the cake, just like the one in the pictures above and that is okay. Even though the fat lady said "Let them eat cake," not everybody eats cake!
Heat a saute pan over medium low heat.
Add 1/3 cup of sugar.
Add 1/2 cup of water.
Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen whole cranberries.
Add 1 pinch of fresh lemon zest.
Simmer and reduce till a thin syrup is formed.
Add 3/4 cup of cranberry juice.
Add 1 small pinch of cinnamon.
Add 1 pinch of allspice.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of finely minced ginger.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Simmer and reduce the sauce, till it becomes a very thin syrup and till the cranberries become tender. Shake the pan, so the cranberries cook evenly.
Raise the temperature to medium heat.
Add 1 1/2 ounces of Chambord Liquor
Add 1 1/2 ounces of rum.
Flambé. (Always ignite the rum with a long stick or ignitor. Have some fire extinguishing material handy for safety's sake!)
Simmer and reduce the sauce, till it becomes a thin syrup.
These last few steps must be done quickly so the sauce remains hot!
Take the cranberries jubilee sauce off of the heat.
Place 1 small slice of pound cake in a shallow dish. (optional)
Spoon a little bit of the sauce and a few cranberries over the cake or into the dish.
Place 1 large scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in the bowl or on the cake.
Spoon the remaining cranberries jubilee over the ice cream.
Place a little bit of fresh lemon zest on top of the ice cream as a garnish.
Garnish the plate with a mint sprig if you have some fresh mint on hand.
The taste of cranberries jubilee is just a little bit more tart than cherries jubilee. The cranberries are very tender after being quickly reduced with the syrup three times. This syrup should never be thickened with corn starch! Cranberries jubilee is a nice easy treat to make! Delicious! ... Shawna