Saturday, June 13, 2009

Coconut Milk and Saffron Ice Cream

It's been a shamefully long time since I've blogged.

Partly because I hit a plateau in the diet; I haven't lost weight in a while and we've been eating the same handful of recipes over and over again so there hasn't been much to say. The fella also disappeared to Boston for a man vacation for a couple weeks and my single girl menus were nothing to brag about. Lastly with spring has come a full social schedule which hasn't left me time to sleep let alone write. I know, excuses, excuses.

No worries, during this time I've continued to cook a few new and interesting things and I have a bunch of wine to tell you about. Hopefully I'll have some time to write about all of this soon. First I have to tell you about my newest obsession.

Ice cream.

A little fairy (okay it was my mother) left an ice cream maker for me a couple weeks ago and I haven't stopped experimenting with ice cream since. Custards sweetened with agave nectar work really well so these have been some very tasty experiments. It also helped that I discovered David Lebovitz about this same time. This man knows what he's talking about when it comes to frozen treats so I've stuck with his recipes thus far and been very happy.

Writing about food comes with a fair amount of hyperbole and metaphor but there is none of that when I say this is the best ice cream ever created . I mean it literally. Make this ice cream and you could seduce anyone. It could get you a promotion. You could probably use it to get out of jail. Okay now I'm exaggerating but it really is that good.

Not only is it amazingly sweet and rich it is super easy. These four simple components make it taste like you spent hours slaving over complex mixtures of mysterious sweet ingredients. The secret really is the saffron which pairs perfectly with the coconut milk and creates a unfathomably delicious flavor. It tastes like....something. You can't quite wrap your mind around what but its fabulous and comforting and coats all of your taste buds in a halo of yum.

I've already made this twice. The first time I made the recipe as is (all I changed was to use agave in place of his sugar) and it was enough to share with a friend after dinner. So I had to be a bitchy foodie running around telling people how good it was but not having any proof. The next time I quadrupled the recipe and that was the perfect amount of this. It was enough for the fella and I to nibble on for over a week and share with a few people so they could see what I was talking about.

If you have an ice cream maker you have to make this, it's too simple and too good not too. If you don't have a machine Mr. Lebovitz has you covered. So go, now.

Coconut Milk and Saffron Ice Cream

2/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup coconut milk
scant 1/4 cup agave nectar
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.

Vow to never buy store bought ice cream again.

Original recipe by David Lebovitz on his blog Living the Sweet Life in Paris.


SinoSoul said...

Made this last night without the help of recipe. Dialed back the sugar, and used whole milk instead of heavy cream. The coconut milk I had was very high in fat so I figured watering down the recipe with regular milk would suffice. It did. Took it out of the ice cream maker and licked the dasher. DAMN GOOD!

Emily said...

Watch out, its addictive. I haven't gotten sick of making it over and over again yet.