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.

Bastani

(Persian Saffron Ice Cream)

July: National Ice Cream Month

Before Highlander entered Islander’s life nearly three decades ago, she was friends at university with an Iranian-Persian Ph.D. student in the dorm. Ali M. used to joke and tell everyone that he would buy her hand in marriage with 12 white camels. She answered back that he could just buy her some ice cream! So they would walk off campus with a bunch of other dorm friends to an ice cream parlor and enjoy the frozen treats and everyone’s company. When Highlander moved into the same dorm a couple of years later, there were no hard feelings between him and Ali. In fact, he welcomed us in his physics lab where he was working on an experiment for his doctoral dissertation. And we all still went out to eat ice cream for a much needed study break afterwards! Always a funny guy, Ali said he wished the parlor could serve bastani as the 32nd flavor option. Bastani is a traditional Persian ice cream flavored with saffron, rosewater, cardamom and pistachios.

We do miss those dorm days and all our international university friends at the ice cream parlor. So we were happy to discover Persian and Middle Eastern restaurants where we now live and try bastani after all these years. Islander immediately searched for no churn bastani recipes and adapted one for our blog post. It is a delicious dessert to serve during the summer and throughout National Ice Cream Month.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream, divided use, cold
  • saffron, generous pinch
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions

In a small bowl, place two tablespoons of whipping cream. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir in some saffron threads, pressing on the side of the bowl to release its flavor and color. Stir in the rose water. Chop the pistachio nuts into small pieces.

In a large bowl, pour the condensed milk. Stir in the saffron mixture. Beat the remaining whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into the condensed milk mixture.

Stir in the pistachios. 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 dessert dishes or wafer cones or serve with wafer sheets.

Notes

  • Bastani is traditionally served with a wafer slice. The final food photo above shows a background of a wafer sheet that we bought at a Middle Eastern specialty grocery store. Bastani can be scooped in wafer ice cream cones for a similar taste.
  • Search our blog for other no churn ice cream recipes.