raspberry coconut ice cream

25th June 2015

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My fondest memories are of eating bowls full of home-made ice cream.  My mother’s recipe was very different from this one and was made on condensed milk and sugar, wickedly sweet.

When I was younger, we would always spend our holidays in a hut on an island off the North Queensland coast.  I call it a hut because that is what it was – corrugated iron walls and roof, wooden beams, a concrete floor.  It was an open plan with bunk beds lined up against one wall, for all us four girls and my parents to sleep in; and the kitchen and dining room on the other side.  The windows were shutters held up by a wooden beam.

I remember coming in hot and thirsty from a day of rock-hopping, swimming, shell collecting or exploring, sitting down to a cold bowl of home-made, sweet ice cream.  Replenished, we were up and out the door again.  The only way of getting to this island was by boat and we would take all the supplies we needed for those 2 months, as there was no electricity or corner store.

We lived on fresh fish, oysters and crab caught and cooked over fires.  The light was by kerosene lamps and to keep things cold, we had 2 kerosene fridges.  In the later years, we had a generator.

Xmas was always spent with a large branch of a gum tree decorated with our own hand-made ornaments.  We had a rainwater tank which supplied our water.  Our shower was a tin that hung from the ceiling that my parents would fill from the top.  To release the water from the holes made from nails, you pulled a wire lever and the water emptied. It was barely enough time to clean yourself.  The hottest part of the day was spent climbing the biggest boulder and lying in its shade, watching and making shapes in the clouds.  Late afternoon was spent sitting on the beach after the tide went out, sifting through the mounds of shells washed in from the ocean, bagging them up to take home.

This ice-cream reminded me of those holidays.  It was such a wonderful place where man and technology had not yet spoiled its beauty and peace. Today, there is electricity on the island, but much of the island remains unspoilt.

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Cape Upstart Bay, North Queensland Australia

(I am the younger one, then my sister’s Donna, Shelley and oldest Kerry)

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When making ice-cream, a blender or food processor is necessary.  If you have an ice-cream maker, follow the directions for use.  If you are like me, and you do not own one, it is possible to make ice-cream without a machine.  It just needs a bit more time and work, and the results come out slightly less creamy, but oh so delicious.

a few tips :

– Make sure all the ingredients are cold before blending and freezing – this helps achieve a good texture.

– To achieve a rich and creamy texture, it is very important to add fat.  Full fat coconut milk and nut butter are a great addition to an ice-cream mixture.

– It is important to cover the bowl or container in the freezer to prevent ice crystals forming.

 raspberry coconut ice cream

serves 4 – 6

Inspired by this site  (I ended up buying their ice-cream e-book – for a lot more future ice-cream making!)

This was my first attempt at making ice cream and I must admit I was surprised at how straight-forward and easy it was and how delicious and decadent the result was.  A perfect welcome to these warmer days.  Normally I need to try a recipe twice or more before I am content with the final outcome but with this one, there was no need to.  I added a lot of berries as the coconut taste does come through and the texture does balance between an ice-cream and a sorbet.  You could use this as a base and replace it with any type of berry you would like.

ingredients :

1 can full-fat coconut milk (place the can in the fridge an hour or overnight before using)

¼ cup of liquid sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup) + 2 Tblsp – divided

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups frozen raspberries – divided as in recipe

Line a loaf tin with waxed paper on the base and sides.

preparation :

Place in a blender, the cold coconut milk, ¼ cup of maple syrup, vanilla extract and 1 cup of the frozen raspberries.  Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover and place the bowl in the freezer.  Mix with a fork or a small beater, every half an hour for three hours.  When mixing, make sure you bring the frozen outer edges into the unfrozen middle.

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Just before the last stirring session, add a cup of whole raspberries and gently stir into the ice-cream mixture.   For easier scooping, pour the very cold berry mixture into the lined loaf tin. Place the last cup of frozen berries & the 2 tablespoons of maple syrup into the blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth, then pour this onto the ice-cream mixture.

Swirl through with a fork,  then tightly cover with cling film.  Place in the freezer until frozen (3 – 4 hours).  Allow to thaw for 15 – 20 minutes before serving.

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