Tagged: Ice Cream (DF)

Strawberry Mousse Ice Cream

Tuesday, Jul 12 2011 Cooking!


Strawberry season came and went in the blink of an eye. The oversized, well-manicured berries from the perma-sunny environs of California and Mexico (as those above) are still on the shelves here in Portland. But for three short weeks, we were spoiled with pints of fresh Mount Hood strawberries. Sadly, the diminutive, beautiful, luscious, juicy jewels have already passed us by. But before they made their disappearance, I was able to polish up an iconic summer recipe, just in time for a 4th of July fête.

Drawing inspiration from Recipes from an Italian Summer, I restyled a wild strawberry ice cream into a dairy-free incantation. While mentally adjusting the ingredient ratios, I inadvertently used twice the amount of guar gum I had intended. This proved a happy accident, yielding a rich and flavorful ice cream with a decadent mousse-like texture. The silky mouth-feel, in harmony with the complex earthy palette of the berries, yielded results akin to summer in a bowl.

This recipe may well work with your standard-fare fresh or frozen supermarket strawberries (I can’t vouch because I haven’t tried either… yet). But, if you are able to get your hands on a pint of deliciously small and sweet heirloom varietals, you are in for a truly special treat.
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Jen’s Mid-Life Birthday Cake & Ice Cream

Thursday, May 5 2011 Adventures!, Cooking!

First, let me start by saying, Happy Birthday Jen!
You know I love you from head to toe. Cheers to you and your grand new year.
xox, Jenn

When Jen mentioned she was making flourless chocolate cake for her mid-life birthday, I remembered a recent pairing I’d seen for chocolate cake and lime sorbet. I attempted lime (coconut milk) ice cream last month for a dinner party and felt it just wasn’t tart enough. So, this time I amped up the lime juice. Jen’s surprise addition of raspberry syrup and fresh berries brought it all together, heralding the arrival of spring. And so, so pretty.

COCONUT LIME ICE CREAM
  • 1/2 c. + 2 Tbs. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. Guar Gum
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 – 14 oz. can Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Stir together the sugar and guar gum to break up any lumps. In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, whisk together 1/2 c. lime juice, sugar + guar, eggs, water, and 1/2 c. coconut milk. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until just barely simmering. Mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 170 degrees). Remove from heat and strain through mesh sieve into bowl, to remove any egg threads or guar lumps. Whisk in the remainder of the coconut milk. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours, until chilled thoroughly (if in a rush, can place in freezer for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes). Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Mine takes 35 mins. In the last 5 minutes, add the remaining 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice.

Makes about 1 qt.

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Toasted Coconut + Turmeric Ice Cream

Wednesday, Mar 30 2011 Cooking!

Dear Mom & Dad,

I don’t think I’ve taken the opportunity to formally thank you for the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker you gave me for my birthday last year. Thank You. It’s awesome. I’ve used it to make so many yummy coconut-milk ice creams. Plus, it’s very easy to use and economical.

Last month, Jen had me over for Thai night with homemade Khao Soi so I concocted a Toasted Coconut and Turmeric Ice Cream for dessert. It turned out amazing—rich, briny, sweet, tangy and complex. If you’d like, I will make it for you when you come to visit.

Love,
Jenn

 

TOASTED COCONUT + TURMERIC ICE CREAM
  • 2 1/2 c. Canned Coconut Milk (not low-fat)
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 t. Ginger Powder (ours is very fragrant/fresh so only 1/4 tsp is needed)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 c. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Guar Gum
  • 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/3 c. Sweetened Shredded Coconut

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