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Monday, April 1, 2013

Piña Colada Ice Cream

'Ice cream' is a bit generous, but this is the closest I've gotten to it. If there's dairy involved I have used either buttermilk or crème fraîche for frozen desserts. I like my dairy cultured. And prefer yogurt in non-frozen form. But crème fraîche is just so darn full of fat it really doesn't make a very balanced dessert. So for this I mixed yogurt with crème fraîche, along with lots of fruit, and it's pretty damn good. Oh, also I used a trick that I read about in Saveur -- you can reduce the icy-ness of  homemade ice cream by reducing the liquid that is available to form ice, and you do this by adding cornstarch so you are freezing a pudding instead of a syrup. Awesome addition to the Sorbet Chronicles.

Piña Colada Ice Cream
1.5 c water
3T cornstarch
1c dried coconut
1c sugar

1 frozen banana
2c frozen pineapple

2c creme fraiche
1/4c sugar
2T vanilla
 ~1.5c thin yogurt

Mix water, cornstarch, coconut, sugar, salt; bring to a simmer and cook till it thickens.
Stir in frozen fruit to cool the pudding, chill in fridge
Culture 2c heavy cream with a couple of tablespoons of buttermilk for 24 hours at room temperature
Whip to soft peaks, then add sugar and whip harder
Fold in pudding, vanilla, and the yogurt. Freeze with some stirring, but not too much is needed

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