Coconut Ice Cream Recipe – Dairy Free
February 5, 2013
This is another recipe inspired by our recent trip to Thailand. On a dinner outing to the Asiatique Night Market in Bangkok we grabbed a coconut ice cream and I was hooked! It was refreshing, cleansing and not at all sweet, plus it is dairy free. I am lactose intolerant so it provided me with the required inspiration to attempt to re-create it at home.
I purchased of an ice cream maker last year as a way to:
The recipe below does not require an ice cream machine, it simply makes the process a little less fiddly as there is no need to constantly remove the mixture from the freezer to blend it. If you don’t have one, don’t stress.
This recipe is very simple, and as with the one we tasted on holidays, it is light, refreshing and tastes like it is good for you!
You will see from the ingredient listing that this ice cream contains no additives to keep it soft and smooth, it will freeze HARD. That is the one draw back of home made ice cream, and it is a pain if you get a craving after dinner and need to wait for it to defrost to eat it! David Lebovitz provides some tips for Making Home Made Ice Cream Softer and I will experiment with a number of his suggested variations over the coming months.
I was not keen on using egg in this recipe, nor alcohol or sugar. The outcome was so light and lovely in flavour that we demolished it very quickly! There was barely any to put into the freezer. Therefore, for this household there was no issue. I should point out that whilst I made this ice cream for me I ended up with the least amount of it after Mr Fresh and Punky and Cuddles got started on it!
I served this ice cream with freshly roasted cocoa nibs. Good quality shaved chocolate would work equally well.
If you do not have an ice cream machine, skip step 4 and remove from the freezer and whisk, or use a fork to break up the ice crystals 3 or 4 times every couple of hours until the mixture has thickened and is the desired consistency.
Do you make your own ice cream? Does the difference in texture from commercial ice cream bother you?
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