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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

She put the knife in the coconut and chopped it all up

Now that I have successfully gotten an annoying song in your head…on to today’s business.  Fresh coconut ice cream!

Last week we finally had a chance to eat at Burma Superstar in San Francisco. (Quick aside, it’s a GREAT restaurant…fantastic food, great service, loved it.) One of their desserts was a deep fried coconut custard served with the most amazing coconut ice cream. Now that I have an ice cream maker, you know I had to figure the recipe out!

Burma Superstar’s ice cream definitely had fresh coconut in it, so I went out and bought my first coconut.  I purchased a sweet young coconut, where the husk is not fully matured.  I thought it might be easier to cut through. Um, it might be easier (I’m not sure, but that’s my guess)…but it still wasn’t easy.  I recommend using a giant serrated knife and exercising PATIENCE.  It was worth the hard work.  The fresh bits of coconut in the ice cream…YUM.

Oh – and if you have any coconut recipes to share, I have a TON of coconut water and leftover coconut sitting in the fridge.  Savory or sweet, if you have any ideas for how to use it up, let me know!

Fresh Coconut Ice Cream
Adapted from Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream Base
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons fresh coconut, cut up into small pieces
  1. Whisk eggs until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Whisk in sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 min more. Pour in the cream and coconut milk and whisk to blend. Follow instructions for your ice cream maker (in my 1-1/2 QT Cuisinart, I ran it for 25 minutes). Add the coconut towards the end. Enjoy! Freezes well.



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    I don;t know of any recipes, but a long time ago at the Rainforest Cafe I had THE BEST coconut breaded chicken breast and My mouth salivates just thinking about it now, if you stumble across something like that I promise it is amazing!

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    That ice cream sounds amazing! A friend made some coconut ice cream for me with fried bananas once. It’s quite the delicious combination. I’m impressed you got the fresh coconut for it.

  3. I just had to tell you that I was sitting at lunch yesterday telling a few friends about this wonderful blog I had found. One of the sweet gals at the lunch said “That’s my friend, Jane.” Jenny Jolley says hello!

  4. I’m going to have to track down a coconut breaded chicken recipe – that sounds GOOD! thanks, tyra!

    renee – I’m certain the coconut ice cream would be good with fried bananas. yum yum yum. I’ll have to dig out my old fried banana recipe. my mouth is officially watering.

    claudia – so fun! isn’t jenny the best of the best? 🙂

  5. Kill me now. That sounds so good!

  6. I met up w/friends in Alameda today and they RAVED about a restaurant they couldn’t WAIT to get to today: Burma Superstar. It was funny for me to say “random! I’ve actually heard of this place via a blog!”
    so there’s on in Alameda too…and yeah…it’s really good:)

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    I recommend using some of the rest of the coconut in these recipes: (they are from australian website, so some measurements and ingredients will differ)

    Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad

    Coconut Chilli Chicken

    and i dont know if you have passionfruit in america, but i like the design of coconut on the Passionfruit Layer Cake:

    Good luck!!!

  8. Coconut water is great to make rice with — just use whatever you have and then add regular water for the remainder if you don’t have enough from the coconut. I sometimes use coconut milk from a can to do this, too, if we’re having a “tropical” dinner (something like grilled chicken with mango salsa and black beans with coconut rice). Delish!

  9. using coconut water for cooking rice – genius!

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    I love experimenting with something new in the kitchen. I haven’t made this recipe but I think it sounds good…and it uses coconut! Check it out. It may be a good Superbowl party food.

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    Michelle Fishberg

    Hey Jane,

    I’ve been obsessed with coconut oil and coconut water later, and while searching on google about coconut water benefits, your blog entry popped up! Anyway, the coconut water is likely gone by now, but I’d advocate for drinking it straight from the coconut daily! Coconuts are one of nature’s super super foods. 🙂

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