Summer and Ice Creams go hand in hand, and to kick-start the summer season that is finally finding its way to the bay Area, we have a lovely Coconut Ice Cream recipe that will keep your head cool throughout the season. Pat, from the Technicolor Kitchen, shares this beautiful recipe which has very few ingredients, and an even simpler method. Toasted Coconuts impart a fragrant aroma as well as texture to the ice cream. And heavy cream makes it smooth and creamy, just as it should be. Adapted from the original recipe that comes from the Gourmet Traveler, you can even add a bit of rum to the recipe if you like. However, we keep it simple but delicious, and leave it to your imagination to make it as fancy as you like!
Coconut Ice Cream
1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 1/4cups whole milk
1/2 cup demerara sugar
6 egg yolks
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally, until golden (4-5 minutes).
Transfer the toasted coconut to a medium saucepan, add cream, milk and demerara sugar, then bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 1 minute, remove from heat, cover and stand for 25 minutes to infuse the coconut flavor into the cream.
Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks in a heatproof bowl, then add cream mixture, whisking continuously to combine. Return this mixture to the cooking pan and stir continuously over low heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon thickly (5-6 minutes).
Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl placed over ice, pressing solids to extract all liquid. If you are like me, you will like some texture to your ice cream. In this case, add a spoon of the coconut shreddings back to the cream mixture and stir.
Let the mixture cool completely, then chill for 4-5 hours. Freeze in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions and freeze until required.
Thaw the ice cream just a bit before serving. Transfer into dessert bowls, or scoop them into waffle cones for your kids. Enjoy the rich and creamy flavors of the ice cream. you can also add some sprinkles or toppings if you like.