Feb 22, 2011

Passion fruit (lilikoi) ice cream

As you probably can see from previous posts, I'm a huge fan of Passion fruit (Lilikoi for the Kamaainas). I love when it's passion fruit season. I tried to get a lot and just freeze the pulp so I can have it year round. I love the tartness of passion fruits and they're great for a light dessert without having always to resort to citruses. I've made this passion fruit ice cream a few times and I absolutely love it!!

This recipe comes from the great ice cream maker, David Lebovitz. Since I purchased his book, the Perfect Scoop, I have been wanting to make every recipe in the book. Some of the recipes makes me weary (i.e. Black pepper ice cream?!) , but one day I'll be daring enough to try them all. If you love ice cream, you really NEED this book! =)

I am submitting this recipe for Aspiring Bakers #4. The theme for this month is "Love" and our goodies have to be in a heart shaped. Hope you can still tell the ice cream is heart shaped....it's a hot day in Hawaii and the ice cream was melting very quickly!

Passion Fruit Ice Cream
from The Perfect Scoop

1/2 cup fresh or frozen passion fruit pulp (from 6 to 8 fresh passion fruits)
1 cup heavy cream
6 tbsp whole milk
7 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
3 large egg yolks
a few drops of pure orange oil, or grated zest of 1 small orange (optional)
spoonful of passion fruit seeds (optional)

1. To extract the pulp from the passion fruit, cut each passion fruit in half at the equator and scoop the pulp and seeds into a nonreactive strainer set over a bowl. Use a flexible rubber spatula to press and extract as much of the precious pulp as possible, until the seeds look rather dry.

2. Mix together the passion fruit pulp and 1/2 cup of the cream in a large bowl. Set a mesh strainer over the bowl.

3. Warm the milk, sugar, salt and the remaining 1/2 cup cream in a medium saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

4. Stir the mixture constantly over the medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the passion fruit and cream mixture. Mix a few drops of orange oil, if using, then stir until cook over an ice bath.

5. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add a spoonful of passion fruit seeds to the custard during th least few minutes of churning, if you wish.


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Passionfruit is kinda pricey here... how I wish I can get my hands on some

j3ss kitch3n said...

this must be delicious KK! i love passion fruit!

Christine said...

Yum! That looks delicious K. :)
I want to come to Hawaii and eat Passion Fruit Ice Cream with you!

kk said...

Wendy, J3ss and Christine, you all need to come to Hawaii and I'll be so happy to share my passion fruit ice cream with you all!! =)

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

My favorite ice cream hands down. It is even better as a mochi ice cream from Bubbie's.

kk said...

I *heart* mochi ice cream from Bubbies!!! Thank you for visiting, I'm so excited to find another Honolulu food blogger! =)

Cuisine Paradise said...

Aiyo... KK u have just melt our heart with this lovey ice-cream :)

dollee said...

OMG I love love love lilikoi. Have you made lilikoi cream pie yet? I guess I should look through your archives.

tee said...

ohh kk!! that looks so ono!!! can u share your passion fruit ice cream with me pulease?!?

kk said...

Hi Cuisine Paradise, thank you!! =)

Dollee, I haven't made lilikoi cream pie yet...I found a copycat recipe for the lilikoi cream pie in Kauai. I'll let you know when I try it!

Tee-sorry! Mr. G just finished the ice cream. You'll be on the list for my next batch! =)

Adriana said...

This recipe is awesome! But...it only makes 3 portions. Next time I will be doubling it.

I added 1/4 cup of Cointreau and it was luscious!

kk said...

ooh, i'll have to try that next time!!

Tess said...

I made this! It turned out great. Thanks!

kmwjohnston said...

Wonderful recipe--I've made it several times. I live in Wyoming so passion fruit are a bit hard to come by, but found a place on ebay that sells them for a really good price.

Anonymous said...

Cold stone had this lilikoi ice cream about 10 yrs ago ? They said it was an experiment but never had it again ! I'm trying to find a plant. I live in Pomona , California. But all i find is Frederick a purple fruit.

Anonymous said...

Perfect Puree makes a frozen lilikoi product in a 20 ounce plastic jar that is just pure passion pulp concentrate. Many food wholesalers carry it. Can go to Perfect Puree website to find one. I've been making lovely desserts from it. Not too expensive either. Bon appetite!


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