What You Need
- pairs of nesting bowls - large for serving or small for individuals - in ceramic, metal, or glass
- fillers like basil, lemon slices, lavender, mint, or edible flowers
- ice chips
- a pitcher of ice-cold water
- something to weigh down the inner bowl during freezing, like bags of rice or frozen peas
Instructions1. Place some ice chips in the bottom of the larger bowl. Their depth should equal the thickness you eventually want for the wall of your ice bowl.
2. Set the small bowl on top of the ice. Fill the gap between the inner and outer bowl with more ice chips to stabilize the inner bowl.
3. Place decorative fillers amongst the ice chips. Push them into place with a toothpick if needed.
4. Weigh down the inner bowl in preparation for filling the "mold" with water. We used bags of rice.
5. Pour water into the gap, filling the space by about 1/3.
6. Freeze until solid. Repeat with two more layers of water until the space between bowls is filled and completely frozen.
7. Remove the inner bowl by filling it with warm water for a minute or so until it is loosened from the ice bowl. Remove the outer bowl by dipping it in warm water.
8. Wrap completed ice bowls in plastic and store in the freezer until immediately before use. Related: Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
(Images: Regina Yunghans)