A Bowl made of Ice

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Get a head start on the menu for Mothers day! Here is a great dessert idea!


If you want to knock someone’s socks off in a presentation, try serving your next cool dessert in this beautiful bowl made of ice. It looks complicated but it’s not. It’s inexpensive to make, all you need is water, some fresh flowers, leafs and fresh herbs from your garden or flower store. If you have limes, oranges or lemons lying around slice them up and use them too. Oh, did I mention a little patience and to be careful because if you get too excited and don’t pay attention the bowl could: 1. Slip out of your hands while transferring, 2. Slide off the dish, 3. Leak water if you take it out of the freezer too soon, 4. Crack on the sides if you’re not careful when you take it out of the freezer. Other than that you will end up with a beautiful eye popping bowl that will keep your sorbet, ice cream and even fresh fruit cold. The best part is you can gently wash out the bowl with a paper towel soaked in ice water after you used it.  Put it back into the freezer and use it again and again until it starts to look a little sad, then make another one!

Use your imagination and put combinations of flowers, twigs, fruits or fresh herbs you like. This is what I used to make this bowl

1-12″ inch wide glass bowl, 5″ inches high

1-8″inch wide glass bowl,  3″High

Approximately 7 cups of water

9 small roses with stems cut off at the neck, cut off leaves and save

1 large rose with petals pulled off

3 to 5 stems of fresh mint  cut in half

2 stems rosemary

3 nasturtium cut off at the neck


Insert the smaller bowl into the center of the larger bowl and make sure to center it.

Weigh down the center smaller bowl with marbles, small rocks or stones and make sure it is sitting securely at the bottom of large bowl.

Slowly start to add water to fill up the space between the larger bowl and smaller bowl, if the small bowl starts to rise add more weights and make sure to leave I/4″ of the  small bowl rim exposed. You do not want to cover the whole rim because it will make it difficult to lift out and remove after the water has frozen.

Take the flowers, leaves and herbs and start to place them in the water between the large glass bowl and smaller one, gently press them as far down as you can. Some will float to the top, don’t let that discourage you keep right on filling it in. You will see as you add leaves from the flowers and stems of fresh herbs it will help to keep the flowers in place as they get tangled inside them.

Use thin slices of limes and lemons and slide them in on the side of the large bowl where you can see them through the glass like the photo shows you. Don’t worry if some of the leaves or flowers are sticking a bit out of the top of the water.

Gently and carefully place the bowl in the freezer. Check yet again the smaller center bowl and adjust it back to center as it may have shifted on the way to the freezer. Freeze for about four hours or until frozen solid.


Remove the weights from the small bowl. Fill the small bowl 3/4 of the way up with warm to tepid water. NOT HOT or you will crack the glass, let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Play with the rim of the small bowl by trying to move it a bit and see if the small bowl becomes loose and then easily twist and remove it. If the small bowl is still stuck at this point you can add some more warm water. Wait another 1 to 2 more minutes and try again. The moment it becomes loose remove the small bowl and place the large glass bowl back in the freezer for 5 minutes.

In the meantime fill up your sink with 4″ inches of lukewarm water (NOT HOT). After the 5 minutes are up place the frozen large glass  bowl from the freezer into the lukewarm water and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain the water in the sink and fill the sink up again up to 4″ inches with more tepid water. Let it sit for another 2 to 3 minutes. While you are waiting fold a small paper towel into a 4 x 4 square and place it in the middle of a dinner plate. This paper towel will help secure the ice bowl to the plate so it won’t slide.

Use your hands to gently loosen the ice bowl from the glass bowl. When it starts to  twirl easily you can tilt the large glass bowl to one side and the ice bowl will come out easily, just make sure you use both hands to lift it. Place it on the plate with the paper towel and place it  back into the freezer for at least 20 minutes. You can either use the ice bowl immediately or cover it with plastic wrap and save for when you do. Will keep nicely for up to a month.

When ready to use your beautiful Ice Bowl, remove the sorbet or ice cream from the freezer and let sit for 5 minutes to soften. Scoop out as many as you need to fill your bowl. Place back into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes just to harden up the sorbet or ice cream. You are now ready to serve!

You can make your own sorbet and I do but Haagen-Dazs has these amazing flavor! The newest Blueberry Cabernet is out of control, and the peach, mango and raspberry is outstanding. Intense real berry taste that is not to sugary, just refreshing!


Happy Mother’s Day!

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