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Akutaq (Eskimo Ice Cream)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Alaskan
Prep Time 1 hour
Inactive Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 5


  • 1 cup Crisco Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water berry juice or 2 cups loose snow
  • 4 cups mixed berries


  • Slice the Crisco into small pieces then add to a pot over low heat. (Non-stick is not recommended.) Stir slowly and constantly until liquid. Never let the mixture get hotter than is comfortable for your hand.
  • Once the Crisco is melted into a liquid, gradually add in sugar while continuing to stir. Continue until all the sugar is mostly dissolved. (The remainder will dissolve when the snow/water is added later.)
  • Once the mixture is all liquid, transfer it to a large bowl and continue to stir. Add in ¼ cup of water (or 1 cup of snow) to the mixture. As the mixture starts to cool it will thicken and get more fluffy and white. Then, add in the other 1/4 cup of water (or 1 cup of snow). If needed, use a hand mixer on medium-high for about 60 seconds to increase the fluffiness of the mixture.
  • When the mixture is as fluffy and white as you can get it, fold in the berries.
  • Form into desired shape or place in desired container and then put in freezer to firm for 1 hour before serving.


Adapted from: Spoon University