Tuesday, August 12, 2008

TWD: Blueberry Coconut Sorbet Cream



Ahhh, fruit. It's summer, we love it...so much so in fact that 3/4 of the latest TWD's have been fruit related. Even last week's had banana in it as well as chocolate, and while I don't really consider banana a fruit as much as a veggie...I'll admit, it was still a fruit.

But I had my chocolate fix last week...and I've made more than a few chocolate cupcakes this week for orders and events...so I wasn't minding fruit all that much again, ESPECIALLY since it is coming to me in the form of one of my favorite treats of all time. Ice Cream. Chosen by Dolores of Chronicles in Culinary Curiousity, it used blueberry and sour cream as the primary ingredients.

Five years ago, my Mother gifted us with an engagement ice cream maker, and I was so excited because I had been dying to make ice cream for what seemed like forever. How many times have we made ice cream since getting that fab gift in 2003? Zero.

In fact...I was so excited to use it finally, I didn't even realize that I don't even know where it is. I spent 30 minutes looking for it Sunday in our storage area in the garage. My hub was at the gym so I couldn't ask him where it was...and I was itching to take the few luxury nothing-to-do hours and play with my ice cream while I had them. So I improvised.

The sweet TWD hosts posted some links on How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker...but do I like to take the easy way out? Nope. So I Googled it myself and did a little reading. In the end, I liked this method at eHow and so I went with it.



I had sour cream to use for this recipe, but I also had some leftover coconut milk from an experimental coconut cake about a week and a half ago in the fridge and I wanted to use that up. So I went with a Blueberry Coconut version instead of Sour Cream. I also added Orange Blossom Honey to the mixture after tasting the ice cream soup...it really seemed to give it that tiny little bit of something extra. I added additional blueberries into the mix, because it did not have enough of a blueberry taste for me at first.

I didn't use a blender, but instead used my little Cuisinart faux food processor, really just a grinder and whirrer and it was super easy and just the right size, after I figured out that I had to put a paper towel over the top and hold it down or else my ice cream blueberry-staining soup would go all over the counter.



Into the fridge my ice cream bowl went, and I waited a scant 45 minutes before transferring to the freezer. I am not a patient woman..and this was only the beginning of the process sans ice cream maker. I ate already-existing yummy Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream while I waited for the transfer to the freezer.

So then, every 30 minutes for the next 1.5 hours, I took my ice cream bowl out and whipped it with my hand mixer for 2-3 minutes, then returned it to the freezer. After that was over, I let it chill for the afternoon while we went off to meet my parents at the San Jose Jazz Festival which is within walking distance of our house, tres fun.

When we returned, I checked out the ice cream. It was a bit more like a sorbet than ice cream since it had a fair amount of ice crystals until it melted, but we loved it anyway. It had a very strong taste of blueberry, a hint of honey, and the subtle coconut flavor. The flavors were wonderful together, very rich. The color was a fun dark purple.



Check out the other fabulous ice cream concoctions from the massive (230+ members?!) TWD community. Also, this is my pal Betty's first Tuesday with the group...so please check out her ice cream once she posts it, and leave her a sweet comment to welcome her to the baking& blogging world.

Would I make this again? Absolutely. And now that I realize it actually is not that hard to (a) make ice cream soup and (b) make ice cream from ice cream soup without the elusive and still-yet-to-be-found ice cream maker...I have so many ideas.

38 comments:

rainbowbrown said...

Very nice use of leftover coconut milk. The honey sounds delicious, I love honey in ice cream.

TeaLady said...

Love what you did with the recipe. Next time I will try your recipe. Looks delish!

Marie said...

What a fabulous idea! I Love seeing all the different things each of us Dorie lovers have done with this recipe! Yours is really unique and looks delicious!

Mary Ann said...

That sounds absolutely divine! Yum- I want to try it really bad- now I am wishing I had some leftover coconut milk

Jacque said...

LOL, I had to search for my ice cream maker too. I'm sure this TWD has unearthed many an ice cream maker across the world.

Mmmm, yours sounds delish! I'll have to remember about the coconut cream.

n.o.e said...

Well, I searched and couldn't find my ice cream maker, so I gave up and made a rewind. I'm impressed by your persistence. And your substitutions sound great! Beautiful pictures.

Nancy
The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

CB said...

Fun flavor combos! I am impressed you did it by hand too. Great job! PS. I tried to check out Betty's blog but when I add it to my GR the feeds is something totally different? Something from yelp? Weird. *shrugs
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

chocolatechic said...

What a lovely color for your ice cream.

Teanna said...

The coconut milk sounds SO GOOD! Good luck finding your ice cream maker!

Melissa said...

I love the color of your ice cream! Great idea with the coconut, I bet that was delicious!

BETTYISAWESOME said...

Um, I haven't posted mine yet. Just made it this morning! Love the one you made! Beautiful!

Pamela said...

Good luck finding the ice cream maker. But it looks like you were successful! Great job.

Kayte said...

The coconut milk addition sounds really good...thanks for sharing that little suggestion. I am thinking for someone who likes cupcakes...that ice cream maker surely can be dug out of the netherworld and put in prime user-friendly position. Just think of all the combinations!

Prudy said...

Your flavors sound wonderful. I wonder why you got crystals. I used a whisk and gave it a good tug each time. (Actually, my husband did since I was out shopping but I rang him every half hour.) I'm guessing it's the coconut milk? Maybe??

Christine said...

The color is beautiful! Love the flavors that you used!

Dolores said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my choice this week. The color of your ice cream is absolutely stunning... and I love the coconut and honey accents you added. Great job!

Mike Spoodles said...

Oh my gosh! With coconut milk and honey, this sounds even more heavenly. I'll keep that in mind for next time.

Di said...

I swear, I have absolutely nothing to do with your missing ice cream maker. =) I love the color of your ice cream/sorbet.

Jessica Eiden said...

Coconut milk sounds fantastic! I love reading about the adventurous types!

melly~ said...

you're so adventurous! I love reading everyone's experiences with these TWD recipes.
I think I may like a sorbet better than the creamy texture of this recipe as written.
But it's all learning and I'm always down with that! :)

Engineer Baker said...

Too funny - hopefully you find your ice cream maker soon so you can make this again!

Susie Homemaker said...

wow - how good does that look???

LyB said...

You are so creative! The color you got by adding more blueberries is gorgeous, so dark. You have to try it again with the sour cream though, it's so good! Hope you find your ice cream maker soon! :)

Erin said...

This looks wonderful! I love how you added coconut.

Rigby said...

What wonderful flavors! Sounds delicious!

Lori said...

you're so creative - i wouldn't have thought of coconut with blueberries, but it sounds wonderful!

Sharon said...

Good to know that it works without the ice cream maker.

bakingwiththeboys said...

I would look for that ice cream maker. It is nice to put the ice cream in the freezer and leave it. I may try your subsitutions for the sour cream if I make this again. Great idea.

Faery said...

Wow that look sooo appealing and I love the colors. Imagine that sorbet, me and THIS weather in Venezuela...Ahhh sooo refreshing

The DeL Sisters said...

Love coconut! Beautiful color!

Jamie said...

Looks so good!

Ivy said...

Wow! you made this sorbet look so amazing! I love the litte choc shavings!

Nickki said...

I love your idea of adding coconut milk! I was also surprised how easy it is to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. :)

bakerchick103 said...

Looks really great! I don't own an ice cream maker, and I'm way too lazy to actually make some without one, so I went with Sour Cream Pecan biscuits. After reading all the TWD post,though, Im thinking about investing in one. All that ice cream make me hungry!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

This sounds insanely delicious! Sorbet is my favorite thing to make in my ice cream maker!

I used a small offset palette knife (or spatula, whatever people are calling them these days... lol).

OMG I think my KA stand mixer is about to die too! I dunno where to take it to get it fixed. It's like 15 years old. Hahaha :) It was my moms!

Jules Someone said...

Very impressive and ambitious! Nice job.

Snooky doodle said...

hmmmmmmmm coconut!!!!! anything with coconut is delicious . this looks super too. ahhhhh

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