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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Coconut Ice Cream with Saffron

Coconut Ice Cream with Saffron

After the chicken satay, I had some coconut milk left and I wasn't sure what to do with it. I took to Twitter, which is rapidly becoming one of my greatest sources of recipe inspiration. I had recently been thinking that is had been a long time since I broke out my ice cream maker and then several people shouted out ice cream ideas. It took approximately two seconds to find a recipe using ingredients I had on hand. This is one of the simplest ice cream bases I have ever made. I always get a little nervous while cooking with saffron that the brilliant gold hue won't come through so I used exactly a half teaspoon. However, I think the scant half teaspoon recommended in the original recipe is fine. Despite the lack of eggs, this is one of the creamiest and richest ice creams I have ever had and this is a recipe that lets the mellow flavor of saffron shine through. Plus, look at the color. This ice cream could be described as sunshine in a bowl just for how pretty it is. In order to enhance the coconut flavor, I added some toasted flaked coconut to my serving. I normally like my sweets on the less sweet side, but next time I would use maybe a tablespoon more of sugar to offset the savory saffron.

This weekend has been delicious so far and it's about to get more delicious with a cooking demonstration with the hottie Curtis Stone. I promise to take as many pics as possible while trying to not look like a stalker.

Coconut Ice Cream with Saffron

Coconut Ice Cream with Saffron
(From David Lebovitz who adapted from delicious days)



2/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup white sugar
scant 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer gently for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and chill the mixture thoroughly.

Once chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Once churned, be sure to scrape any saffron threads clinging to the dasher back in to the ice cream.

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25 comments:

Sippity Sup said...

This is very beautiful. Very Mashti Malone's (have you been there? It's on La Brea). GREG

Amy said...

This looks delicious, especially with the toasted coconut on top!

Anna said...

Ohhhh yummy! I need to do some coconutty, saffronny cooking myself.

Foodycat said...

What a simple recipe! It looks delicious.

Devon said...

It's amazing how leftovers can become something great on their own. Homemade ice cream rocks!

Erica said...

Yum! What a great treat. This is quite a simple recipe...but I always feel simple recipes produce some of the best outcomes. Happy Sunday

Dawn said...

oh esi I love this combo!!!

Janet said...

God, that's gorgeous. Sunshine indeed!

So, like a year ago the plastic top on my Cuisinart ice cream maker broke. This just got me to finally order the replacement part!

Jenn said...

I need to get myself an ice cream maker. Fantastic flavors, too!!!

Sook said...

Wow this looks amazing! Love the presentation as well. Yum!

The Cooking Photographer said...

This must have been wonderful Esi.

Junglefrog said...

I could use some sunshine in a bowl right now to be honest...:) It looks delicious and great idea too, for using the daring cooks leftover coconut milk!

Ben said...

That is a great idea! I love the combination of coconut milk and saffron. I'll save this in my ice cream to make list.

Shannon said...

wow, this sounds incredible, and i've been meaning to make coconut milk ice cream. i guess twitter can be useful... but i'm still holding out :)

Gaby said...

shut up. I am obsessed with coconut ice cream. I am making this the second this damn rain goes away in LA!

Diana said...

Oh you made it! Looks so good. Maybe this will be the year I get an ice cream maker -- it's almost Samaos season!!

Mary said...

This must have been wonderful to eat. It looks and sounds delicious.

Sonja @ ActiveFoodie said...

Oh how I wish I had an ice cream maker...oh wait, or not - that would officially be the end of me! I have such a weakness for ice cream! This flavor combination looks divine!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I never thought about using coconut milk before. I love the sunshine color!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

Yum! i love coconut anything! time to whip out my ice cream maker and make this recipe =)

Juno said...

What a gorgeous, very simple recipe. Am definitely going to give this one a try.

Becka @Studio222 Photography said...

I must have this, in my mouth. asap. Seriously this looks amazing! I need to go buy cream! :)

Ena said...

I made it couple of months ago and it is so delicious. I was never a fan of the store-bought coconut ice cream but this one... Amazing! I served it at a dinner party with Mary Cadogan's apple crumble and it was a great combination.

brattypants said...

I have never even heard of coconut ice cream and I absolutely love both of them. What a great idea to have the two together. I can't wait to try this someday!

Veronica said...

Hi, my name is Veronica...I've been attracted by this delicious ice-cram on foodgawker... I've never heard id coconut icecream before and I really can't wait to make it.
I madly love the coconut milk and I add it to everything, I would do my shower with it =)
I'll try it and then I'll let you know...