Recipes Inspired by Musicals: Mary Poppins

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Most of you likely know the story of Mary Poppins, the magical nanny who appears out of nowhere to bring happiness to the Banks family.  Although I don’t remember much about the movie, I have vivid memories of the soundtrack.  My sister Gwen and I listened to the record many times when we were kids, and some of our favourite songs were on that album.  We giggled along with “I Love to Laugh”, when Uncle Albert, Bert and the children floated to the ceiling with laughter.  “A Spoonful of Sugar” was almost powerful enough to convince me that cleaning could be fun.  I must admit that the charms of “Sister Suffragette” were lost on us, but we spent many hours singing, dancing and acting with the rest of the songs.

In one scene, Mary (played by Julie Andrews in the movie) and Bert (Dick Van Dyke) are on an outing in the countryside when Bert describes a perfect day in “Jolly Holiday”:

“Ain’t it a glorious day?
Right as a mornin’ in May
I feel like I could fly
‘Ave you ever seen the grass so green
Or a bluer sky?

“Oh, it’s a jolly holiday with Mary
Mary makes your ‘eart so light
When the day is gray and ordinary
Mary makes the sun shine bright.”

Mary with her parasol, and Bert with his cane, stroll through an animated land, and are serenaded by barnyard animals.  Finally, they arrive at a restaurant where they’re served by penguin waiters, and Mary describes the ultimate meal for this perfect day:

“Now then, what’d be nice
We’ll start with raspberry ice
And then some cakes and tea.”

Mary Poppins was always right, and this time was no exception.  Whether you're a banker or a chimney sweep, a nanny or a penguin, raspberry ice cream makes every day a little more jolly.

Raspberry Ice Cream
(from The Perfect Scoop, by David Lebovitz)

1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
1 1/2 cups strained raspberry puree (from 5 – 6 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries, pureed in a food processor then pressed through a mesh strainer to get rid of the seeds)
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Warm the half-and-half and sugar in a medium saucepan.  Pour the cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks.  Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula.  Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream.  Mix in the raspberry puree and lemon juice, then stir until cool over an ice bath.

Chill thoroughly in the fridge, but to preserve the fresh raspberry taste, churn the ice cream within four hours after making the mixture.

If you don’t have an ice cream machine, you can still make this recipe, using Lebovitz’s directions as follows:  Pour the cooled mixture into a baking dish or bowl and put it in the freezer for about 45 minutes.  Then stir it very thoroughly, so that any bits that are beginning to harden are completely mixed through.  Repeat these steps every half hour until the ice cream is thick and creamy, about 2 to 3 hours. 


Carol said...

The ice cream looks amazing, so fresh and fruity! Mary Poppins is my all time favorite as a kid and I enjoyed watching it over and over with my kids. I remember that album vividly. Thanks for the sweet memories, made me smile!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yummy recipe to go with Mary Poppins. I loved that movie as a kid and watching it with my daughter.

Bonnie said...

Oh I still love Mary Poppins. I use her phrase, "Practically perfect in every way" almost daily. The raspberry ice cream looks absolutely perfect. I always look forward to your matching a recipe with a movie. Many many years ago we would watch dinner and a movie. The two hosts would cook a meal inspired by the movie that was showing. It was a lot of fun!

Valerie Gamine said...

Love this post! I'm going to be happily humming for the rest of the day, even whilst washing dishes. :D

Such a lovely shade delicate pink, raspberry ice cream! (David's machine-less ice cream making method works like a dream!)

Anonymous said...

I love Mary Poppins. Great ice cream inspiration!

Kitchen Riffs said...

I used to love Mary Poppins! What a great musical. Too bad musicals are scarce these days. Love the ice cream - nice flavor, great color. I've never made raspberry ice cream - I need to correct that immediately!

Kitcheninspirations said...

Nice theme for recipe tie in, although I find it a wee bit chilly to enjoy ice cream these days!

Catherine said...

Dear Beth, I was singing right along too! My mother bought me a Mary Poppins hat and I wore it proudly to church.
I would love if the kids grew up with these movies filled with fun, song and vivid imagination.
I do love raspberry ice-cream and this does sound "practically perfect" as Mary Poppins would say.
Blessings dear friend. Catherine xo

Anonymous said...

The Perfect Scoop is such a great book, but I haven't tried this recipe yet. It looks wonderful, especially with all the extra berries on top!

Belinda said...

Who doesn't love Mary Poppins? Is that an original booklet? Awesome!

Gloria Baker said...

Love Mary Poppiuns Beth is one of my favorite movies love so much and the Ice cream look delicious!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I think I know all the songs inside and out! But only you would find a delicious treat to share from one of them :) Your raspberry "ice" looks fantastic!

Jess said...

Yum! My three-year-old LOVES the Mary Poppins soundtrack right now~ it's always on demand when we ride in the car :)

Unknown said...

We have the DVD. It's funny how my kids now watch the movie I loved when I was their age.

Yum!!!! That ice cream looks tempting. *reaches spoon into computer screen* :D

Jemi Fraser said...

That sounds awesome! Raspberries are my favourite fruit, so I'm definitely going to try this one!

Barbara said...

Such a cute movie. I still like to watch it. Your raspberry ice cream is a perfect match, Beth!

Joanne said...

Man I haven't seen Mary Poppins in WAY too long! Such a fun musical. :) I'm really craving raspberry ice cream now!

Anonymous said...

Raspberries and ice cream--two of my favorite things,speaking of Julie Andrews musicals ;-)

Monet said...

Not only do I love Mary Poppins, but also all things raspberry! This is making me want a bowl of ice cream and a movie night. Thank you for sharing!

Angie's Recipes said...

I watched the movie long long time ago and quite liked it.
We adore raspberries! Your ice cream looks very smooth and creamy.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Awwww its defintiely a glorious day now ;)

Choc Chip Uru

Anonymous said...

Mary is very wise she must be right! The musical and the movie are both family favourites and so is anything sweet. This ice cream looks smooth and creamy -- a perfect ending to any magical outing with penguins and parosols.

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

I would always go for raspberries instead of strawberries .. :)

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, this is one of the prettiest presentations of raspberry ice cream that I have seen in a long time! Picture perfect! I love raspberries!

Katerina said...

"Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, medicine go down, medicine go down." Oh how much I love this movie. And Julie Andrews was so beautiful in this one! Every Christmas usually they play it on the tv and I always watch it like it is the first time! The ice cream is the perfect dessert that matches this beautiful all time classic movie!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

what a cute recipe tribute to Mary Poppins! And as a HUGE raspberry ice cream lover, i'd love a bowl of this!

Julie said...

Mary of my favorite all time movies! Starting to sound like my Dad when I say, they don't make 'em like that anymore!

This ice cream looks heavenly. I've wanted to try one of his ice cream recipes but have been hooked on Jen's recipes.

Vi said...

Oh I love Mary Poppins :) I haven't seen that movie in forever, this makes me want to watch it. That ice cream sounds so good, I can't wait to try it, I might try to make it sugar free for me. Sounds so rich and divine.

grace said...

to this day, mary poppins remains one of my favorite films. i'm still quite enamored of dick van dyke as a young man, even with his terrible cockney accent. jolly 'oliday indeed. :)

Anna said...

I love the simple joy of Mary Poppins - perfectly captured in this classic ice cream flavour!

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