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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Coconut and Lime Ice Cream

I think it was wishful thinking that the hot sunny weather we had a few weeks ago wound continue throughout my summer holidays.  Well, it hasn't.  I can't complain, I enjoyed the hot weather while it lasted (thanks to the newly installed air con in my classroom) and have recently come back from two very hot weeks in Tunisia.  I am still very hopeful that it will return , there is plenty of time left.  Hot weather or not, everyone likes ice cream, and this post is about a new recipe that I thought about while cleaning out my kitchen cupboards.  After coming across a half used bag of coconut I wondered how I could use it, then after accidentally ordering two limes instead of four lemons in the shopping I wondered what I could do with them.  Then I thought about combining the two and making some ice cream.  A quick search on the net reviled that this isn't new - I didn't expect it to be.  But it didn't take long to locate a few different recipes and combine them together to create my version.  I also got to use my ice cream maker....

A quick word about my ice cream maker.  As with a number of my gadgets this was brought a few years ago in impulse while looking around Lakeland.  I always wanted to make homemade ice cream and on this particular day they had them on offer.  So, after buying it and bringing it back home, then nipping out again to fetch the necessary ingredients to make a basic vanilla ice cream, I attempted my first batch.   It wasn't that successful, well, it was, but its me, not the ice creams fault.  As people may know that most ice cream is made using a custard base.  Custard is made from eggs.  However, strangely, whenever I tasted my ice cream I could only thinking about how it tasted of egg.  The strange bit is that actually it didn't, but I just could not stop myself my tasting it.   So, to the back of the cupboard this gadget went.  A few months later I had another go, by now it was October time and the cold was starting to settle.  I noticed that the freezing disc had started to leak.  Back in the cupboard it with the intention that when I next saw it I would throw it in the bin.

Recently, a year later, I came across it and instead of throwing out I decided to look on the net for a replacement disc, found one and purchased it.  So, I now have a working ice cream maker again.  Never one for giving up I decided to give it another go and I am glad I did.

Here is my recipe for lime and coconut ice cream, adapted from a range of different recipes that I came across on the net.  It is a little bit time consuming, however most of the time it takes to make is simply waiting time.  I would recommend using an ice cream machine to get the perfect smooth consistency.  If you don't have one I would suggest going to the shops and buying some good quality ice cream and skip the recipe for now.   

Smooth and creamy, sharp with lime and just a gentle smoothness of coconut this ice cream may bring out the sun...who knows.


Coconut and Lime Ice Cream

Makes a large tub full - think Haagen Dazs size.

375ml whole milk
225g sweetened coconut
60g sugar
pinch salt
4 large egg yolks
1 small can condensed milk
125ml cup double cream
60ml fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
zest of the limes

First you need to infuse the coconut with the milk.  In a small pan, place the milk, coconut, sugar and salt.  Bring to a simmer (lots of steam, no bubbles as such).  Stir for five minutes and then turn off the heat and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes.

 

Drain the mixture in to another pan or bowl.  Its messy but I found it better to scope up the coconut in my hand and squeeze out the milk.  Throw away the coconut now, its done its thing and now tastes of nothing so don't feel you are wasting it.

In a bowl whisk the egg yolks.  



Heat up the coconut milk mixture until steaming.  Pour over the egg yolks, whisking all the time, and then transfer back to the pan and continue to heat.  You MUST whisk all the time until it thickens - about 3 minutes.  Then transfer back in the bowl  you originally whisked the eggs and leave while you do the next bit.

 

Now I hate to wait so at this point I got a large bowl and filled with ice and water, then I submerged another bowl in to it to create an ice bath.  I then continued the next steps in the ice bath.  If, unlike me, you are happy to wait, just do this in a large bowl and then chill for 5 or so hours in the fridge.

In the ice bath, put the lime juice, zest, whole tin of condensed milk and cream.  Whisk.  

Pour in the coconut custard mixture and whisk until cold (or leave for 5 hours as stated)



Pour in your ice cream maker and follow its instructions.  I churned for 20 minutes.

 

Transfer to a freezable tub and leave in the freezer to firm - about 2 hours.  



When ready to eat, leave to stand for 10 mins to soften.

Enjoy.