Tuesday, October 2, 2012
50 States of MoFo: Alaskan Akutaq
Akutaq is a food common in western Alaska made from fruit and fat mixed together, often frozen or semi-frozen (hence the popular name, Eskimo Ice Cream). We used non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening instead of traditional but very non-vegan options like reindeer tallow. Ugh. We also added sugar, which appears to be common in modern akutaq but could easily be omitted.
In a food processor, combine:
4 c. fresh berries (or a 1 lb. bag frozen berries - thawed, or they will chill the fat into a horrible lump)
1 c. caster sugar (just grind regular sugar in the processor for a couple of minutes, if you don't have it)
1 c. vegetable shortening
1/2 c. orange juice
When relatively smooth, put it in the freezer to set up. Due to the fat, it remains fairly easy to scoop and is a tasty (if far from fat-free) dessert!
Posted by JohnP at 12:00 AM