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Papaya Coconut Ice Cream...Wishful Thinking

I have mentioned many times before how I hate waste. I find I always have a lot of odds and ends in the refrigerator that require me to use up. This weekend I had half of a large Papaya, leftover lite coconut milk, and leftover evaporated milk from various projects. I didn’t want to waste that beautiful Papaya and was brainstorming for uses in a light dessert. I fell upon an old bargain cookbook I had from the Creative Cooking Library, Taste of The Caribbean, by Rosamund Grant. She had easy Coconut ice cream using canned milk, condensed milk, and coconut milk. Any ice cream I make calls for cream, eggs, milk, etc. I decided to give this a try with the addition of pureed Papaya .What I got was a cross between a sherbet and ice cream whose flavor comes through once it softens a bit. The author doesn’t use an ice cream machine as I did. All in all I whipped this all up in blender in 5 minutes .It reminded me of the Brazilian Papaya Crème I have had at Churrascarias without the crème de cassis topping .A tropical treat, made from pantry ingredients, in this subzero Chicago weather.

Coconut Ice Cream from Taste of The Caribbean Rosamund Grant adapted into
Papaya Coconut Ice Cream from glamah@cococooks (my changes highlighted).

Serves 8
14 once can evaporated milk
14 once can condensed milk
14 once can coconut milk
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon almond extract
*1 cup pureed Papaya

Lemon balm sprigs, lime slices, shredded coconut to decorate (optional)

Mix together Papaya, condensed milk, and coconut milk in blender. Add nutmeg and almond extract. At this point you can put in the freezer proof bowl as the author suggests or into your chilled ice-cream maker bowl. Follow directions for ice cream maker and allow to freeze more. If you don’t have an ice cream maker the author recommends you chill the mixture for 1-2 hours until semi frozen. Remove from freezer and whisk by hand or electric mixer until fluffy and double in volume. Pour into freezer container, cover and freeze. Soften slightly before serving.

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Cakespy said...

This looks so, so delicious and refreshing!

Cynthia said...

Look at what you've done! I made coconut ice cream the other day now I have to experiment soon with papaya-coconut ice cream. Look at the beautiful colour. I can just imagine how good it all tastes.

Heather said...

Hi, Coco -

Cynthia (pictured above) told me I should get in touch with you. I'm interested in doing a sort of Black History Month celebration at my joint and wanted to feature an African American food blogger to raise appreciation for the contribution Black people have made to American cuisine.

I know the month is already half over, especially when "they" gave Black folks the shortest month of the year to celebrate your history, but here I am. Is it cool if I feature your blog?

Lemme know what you think!

Emiline said...

I love any form of frozen cream dessert. Seriously, I am addicted. I like the tropical flair you have going on here.
So you live in Chicago? I guess you probably get some good produce. I bought a papaya last year, and it tasted like garbage. So I've stayed away from them since then.

glamah16 said...

Thanks Cake Spy and Cynthia. I was refreshing. And Cynthia I know how you love coconut!
Heather-I left you a response on your great blog! Thank You. I would be honored.
Emiline- Chicago has so much to offer produce , meat, and even fish wise. Granted a lot isnt "local" and has been flown in from every corner of the world. Thats a major port city for you! I'm starting to think about carbon footprints and eating/ buying local but its so hard with so much to offer.But the bright side is I supportd a local new business.That Papaya was yummy. The first one I ever had turned me off with its unripe blandness.

Mary said...

I've never had a papaya, but your ice cream is such a beautiful pink color. And I do love coconut.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous ice cream! Like you, I hate to waste and keep/use all my leftovers...



Proud Italian Cook said...

I could use a bit of the tropics right now with our 2 degrees we have today! For just putting some leftover things together, you've created a masterpiece!

Ben said...

I love papaya. If it wasn't 7 degrees Fahrenheit right now and I weren't sick I'd do this right now. It looks delicious!

Deborah said...

This sounds like a little bit of brightness during the gloomy winter!!

Sagari said...

papaya and coconut thats a very lovely combo

Dhanggit said...

i love the sound of this ice-cream, tropical and refreshing!!

Lis said...

Holy cow does that look delicious! And good for you, using up all of those ingredients! I wish I was more like that.

And that's just amazing to me that you had these items, looked for something to make with all of them and BOOM you had an awesome sounding ice cream a few hours later. Way to go!


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This is heaven in a dish, Courtney! I love this. Papaya is my favorite fruit and coconut a near second. i love this!!!