Ingredients

  • lb fine sugar
  • ¼ lb pineapple
  • 1 lemon
  • about 5 glasses salt

Method

Bring to a boil almost 3 glasses water, lb sugar, the juice of 1 lemon, and ¼ lb grated pineapple. Squeeze through a napkin, cool, pour into a mold, and freeze.

*In Tolstoy’s War and Peace, when the young heroine Natasha Rostova begs her mother to reveal the dessert that will be served at her name-day party, the answer is pineapple water ice. Since the novel (1864–69) appeared not long after the cookbook (1861), it may not be too fanciful to imagine that the pineapple ice served at Natasha’s party was similar to the one in this recipe. Pineapples were introduced into Russia in the eighteenth century and were still an expensive rarity in Molokhovets’ time. She used the fruit sparingly; modern readers may want to increase the amount of pineapple

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