Wednesday, July 1st, 2020


Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Ice Cream

July: National Ice Cream Month

Anyone who is passionate about passion fruit flavors will love lilikoi ice cream. This no-churn recipe only has 3 ingredients, the main one being passion fruit pulp. Lilikoi, as passion fruit is called in Hawaii, grows abundantly there and can be found all over the islands (it is also cultivated in California and Florida in the United States).

But in Texas where we live and in other places that do not have the fresh fruit readily available, we just look for the frozen pulp, defrost and use it in our recipes. The tart taste is balanced with the sweetened condensed milk and cream—and it reminds Islander of her beloved home state far away. Cool off this summer with a tropical treat and make no-churn lilikoi ice cream during National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ – 1 cup passion fruit pulp, defrosted

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with passion fruit pulp.

Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Place in a loaf pan or freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes.

Notes

  • Optional: Boost the color of the lilikoi ice cream with a few drops of golden yellow gel color/food paste.
  • Look for other lilikoi and ice cream recipes by searching our blog.

No Churn Blueberry Ice Cream

July: National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month

Texas is home to beautiful bluebonnets but there are bountiful blueberries on a few farms, too. Every summer if we can/are able, we try to go pick blueberries at Moorhead’s Blueberry Farm in Conroe, Texas, the state’s first commercially operated blueberry farm since the mid-1970s.

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After sweating on the farm working to fill our baskets with five pounds each, we still had more than enough to snack on these fruits or cook with them. We have made blueberry muffins, scones, cobblers, clafoutis, cheesecakes, pies, popovers and pancakes before. But for this particular post, we made no-churn blueberry ice cream as a doubly delicious way to celebrate National Blueberry Month and keep cool this summer during National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

(Adapted from Delish)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar, granulated white
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Wash and dry blueberries. Place in a blender and puree them. Add the sugar and blend well.

Transfer the pureed blueberries to a small saucepan. Add the lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil on the stove, stirring constantly. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the stovetop and cool completely.

In a large mixing bowl, pour the condensed milk. Stir in the cooled blueberry mix. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

Fold the whipped cream into the blueberry mixture until well combined. Place in a large loaf pan or ice cream container. Freeze overnight. Scoop and serve with fresh blueberries.

Notes

  • We usually give away some of our fresh-picked blueberries from our abundance to  elderly friends so they could enjoy the summer fruits, too. With our labor, sometimes they give back with a blueberry dessert! Sharing surely is caring!
  • July 8 is National Blueberry Day.
  • Search our blog for other blueberry and no-churn ice cream recipes.

No Churn Matcha

(Green Tea) Ice Cream

July: National Ice Cream Month

Islander’s home state of Hawaii has a sizeable Japanese population, ranking second behind Filipinos as the largest ethnic minority group. On her cul-de-sac, there are two Japanese families and she attended the same elementary/intermediate/high schools with the neighbors’ children. She also had several co-workers and friends of Japanese ancestry while living on Oahu. Even her bridal shower took place at a Japanese restaurant and two decades later she and Highlander would go to Japan for his kanreki (60th birthday)! Yes, we have an affinity for Japanese traditional culture—and, of course, Japanese food!

We frequently drink green tea and indulge in matcha mochi ice cream desserts when we go to Japanese eateries. At home, we also cook Japanese food once in a while, including matcha infused no-churn ice cream. It is one of the easier recipes to make to highlight the end of a Japanese-inspired meal. No-churn matcha (green tea) ice cream is also a sweet summer snack that one can enjoy throughout National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

(Adapted from the Food Network)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
  • 2-3 teaspoons matcha (green tea powder), culinary grade
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

Beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. In a small bowl or measuring cup, dissolve the matcha in vanilla and mix to make a paste.

In a large bowl, pour the condensed milk. Stir in the matcha-vanilla mixture. Gently fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture. Place in a loaf pan or ice cream container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Scoop into tiny tea cups, dessert dishes or ice cream cones.

Notes

  • The final food photo above shows a traditional Japanese matcha mixer/bamboo whisk. Thanks to Nan N., who travels often to Japan (Camp Zama) from Hawaii (Fort Shafter) for work, for this gift.
  • Islander’s Daddy, whose last duty station was in Pearl Harbor before retiring from military service, deployed often to different U.S. naval bases in Japan.
  • To boost the green color, stir in a little bit of green food coloring (optional).
  • Search our blog for other Japanese recipes under Theme Menus.
  • Search our blog for other no-churn ice cream recipes for National Ice Cream Month.