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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Coconut Ice Cream with Palm Sugar Syrup

Hi guys!! Hope everyone has been well! What have I been up to I hear you ask? Well, Ive been sitting on my ass all day just surfing the net. I try not to stand up too much to prevent the rush of blood to my injured's pure agony. In that time, I have created a list of more places to go eat, added things to my future purchase wishlist, looked up a bajillion recipes, cooked one of said recipes, and watched a good old rom-com (When Harry Met Sally =D). Twas the perfect weather for all this as well - stormy and rainy. Makes me feel much better about not being able to mobilise outside much haha.

Anyways, I also managed to plate up and take photos of my latest foray into ice-cream creating. My brother's girlfriend has been giving me heaps of great suggestions for ice creams, and one of the flavour combinations she was really keen on was coconut and palm sugar. When I thought about this I couldn't really see myself making an ice cream which incorporated the two, so I decided to make a Coconut Ice Cream and a Palm Sugar Syrup to go with it.

This was one of my best ice creams I reckon! However, I wouldn't eat the ice cream by itself. Personally, I would DEFINITELY need the syrup with it. I think its got to do with the fact that I feel like I'm eating solidified coconut milk if I eat the ice cream by itself....which is odd for me =P. The syrup is so nice....I couldn't stop tasting it while I made it (as usual =P).

This is definitely not easy on the waistline - one look at the recipe and you'll see why haha. But it's nice nonetheless. The only thing I would try avoid next time is adding the waxy sediment of the coconut cream. Maybe don't shake the can before adding, just add the liquid and leave any sediment behind - I think it affects the consistency and mouthfeel in a not so good way....

Another note, this recipe makes ALOT of ice cream...I'm lucky my brother likes this one alot otherwise it would be sitting in my freezer for a very long time. So maybe try halving the recipe if you only want the ice cream to last a week if you eat it everyday =P. 

Coconut Ice Cream
Adapted from Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 can (15 ounce size) coconut cream

1. Whisk the eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar while whisking. Make sure the sugar is incorporated well by whisking about 2 minutes after all the sugar is added.

2. Mix in the cream and milk until combined.

3. Add the coconut cream and mix until combined.

4. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Palm Sugar Syrup

250g palm sugar, shaved (I used light palm sugar but I think using dark palm sugar will give a richer, nicer flavour!)
1 cup water

1. Combine palm sugar and water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

2. Bring to a boil for a few minutes to let it thicken. Set aside to cool. Serve with ice cream.

Enjoy =D xx

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