Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Almond Joy Ice Cream

Guys, I usually don't brag. Well, maybe I do about a few things- like my Beatles knowledge, or my encyclopedic TV theme song memory. But in the kitchen I am most definitely not a bragger. After years of blogging here and trying hundreds of recipes I'm just as slow with a knife as I was when I started. Recipes regularly take me longer than the estimated time. I regularly have recipes that just don't come out how I'm hoping. But, this time I'm gonna brag. And really, I don't have a right to because I didn't come up with this recipe myself, but every time I taste this dish I just can't believe it came out of my kitchen. Or, more aptly, my freezer. Sometime back I came across a recipe for Quick Coconut Ice Cream with Roasted Cherries and tweeted about wanting to make it. Now that warm weather is most definitely here in Texas it felt like the right time to pull out the ice cream maker and tick this one off the to-cook list. Cherries however are still rather costly right now. Instead I thought I'd go in the direction of one of my favorite candy bars, and I chose toasted almonds, toasted shredded coconut, and Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate chips. If you have an ice cream maker, and no aversion to the flavors of coconut, almonds, or chocolate then you need to make this ice cream NOW. In fact, I'm gonna have a bowl when I'm done with this post. It's the second batch I've made in as many weeks. I'm hard pressed to imagine ever making another flavor of ice cream again. But of course I will, because who doesn't want to eat lots of yummy ice cream? And I'll need lots of yummy ice cream to share on here!

Almond Joy Ice Cream
Adapted from The Kitchn; Makes 1.5 quarts
Almond Joy Ice Cream
1 14 ounce can coconut milk
1 cup cream
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt
Sliced almonds
Shredded sweetened coconut
Ghiradelli 60% cacao chocolate chips, roughly chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast sliced almonds and shredded coconut for 5 minutes, tossing once or twice during.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk and cream until very well blended. Add coconut milk and salt and mix until well blended again. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and follow your machine's instructions to complete.
  • Add your mix-ins according to the instructions of your ice cream maker.
My notes: I use slightly less than 1/4 cup of each mix-in. Once the almonds and coconut are toasted I transfer them to a bowl to cool. Once they're cool I add the chocolate and pop it in the fridge so that they'll be a little cool when I add them to the soft ice cream. Before making the ice cream I also pop the coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk into the fridge for awhile so that the ingredients are already cold when they go into the machine. These steps aren't absolutely necessary, just helps things come together. My machine's instructions say to mix your ice cream for 25-30 minutes. I typically run mine 25, and I add the mix-ins at the 20 minute mark. Your newly made ice cream should spend at least 2 hours in the freezer to firm up, longer if possible. And remember that homemade ice cream melts quickly since there aren't any preservatives in it!


Lindsey Johnson said...

I am going to make this pronto. There's a creamery nearby that makes a similar ice cream and I have yet to attempt a copycat version. I'm imagining this right now...mmm.

Carrie said...

I love almond joys. I think this would be a good first recipe of the summer season for my ice cream maker.

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