Ice cream is as synonymous with Italian food as pasta, or pizza, cannelloni—perhaps even more so! Originally invented as a form of sorbet in Sicily during the Arab domination hundreds of years ago, using Etnas snow mixed with wine, honey, or fruit juice, ice cream has evolved in a variety of ways. Strange to say, the simplest recipe and the one that must be closest to the original ancient Arabic version, granita di limone, is still so very popular. Here is the basic recipe for simple Italian vanilla ice cream which all kinds of other ingredients can be added to create different flavors. Best results are to be had with a churning ice cream machine.
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