Monday, July 26, 2010

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

My mom recently returned from China after a month of teaching there and I had plenty to ask about what kind of food she ate...or didn't eat! She mentioned the children were offered ice cream often but never a flavor that sounded all too appetizing to her. One of the children offered her some corn ice cream and she accepted it but didn't try it! I think the idea of corn ice cream sounds awesome! Corn is one of the sweetest vegetables around and it makes perfect sense that one might combine it with a delicious warm weather treat. Here is my recipe for corn ice cream, I hope she might give this one a chance.

Sweet Corn Ice Cream
4 ears fresh corn
2 tbl arrowroot powder
1 cup almond milk
2 cups coconut cream**
3/4 cup organic sugar

In a large bowl cut the kernals off the cobs, getting as much as possible. Turn your knife around and using the dull side of the knife, scrap the cobs, extracting the "milk" off the cobs. Break the cobs in half.

Combine arrowroot and 1/4c almond milk in a small bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine coconut cream, 3/4c almond milk, corn cobs and corn. Bring to a simmer, do not boil! Remove from heat and discard the cobs. Transfer to a blender and blend. Cover mixture with syran wrap and infuse for 1 hour.
Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a medium bowl, pressing down hard on the solids.
Place back on the stove and bring to a boil, remove from heat and add arrowroot cream. Stir in vanilla. Let the custard cool and then cover with plastic wrap (letting the wrap sit directly on the mixture's surface)
and chill.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

**Generally I cannot find coconut cream in my regular grocery store, but it is readily available at Asian markets. It is similar to coconut milk but has less water in it. It's much thicker, with a paste-like consistency. Don't be confused because there is also a product called Cream of Coconut! Cream of coconut has been sweetened and is used for Pina Coladas or other desserts.

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