Monday, January 7, 2013

Secret Recipe Club: Blackberry Coconut Ice Cream

My husband can eat ice cream any time of the year.  Any time of the day.  It can be -3F in the frozen tundra and he would be in the mood for ice cream.

So when it came time to pick something for this month's Secret Recipe Club, I knew I could treat the man with some ice cream.  My secret food blogger was Nichole from Cookaholic Wife.  She's got an awesome blog full of all sorts of recipes.  We're also about the same age as me and discovered her cooking talents later on in life in her early 20's (same as myself, as well!).  I could definitely relate to this girl!

I came across her recipe for Coconut Ice Cream and knew I had to try it!  I've been wanting to experiment with coconut milk as part of a base for ice cream for quite some time.  The only thing I added to the recipe was a little blackberry reduction to make it a little fruity and festive.  The result was a creamy, delicious, coconut laden ice cream that was gone in a matter of hours!  It seriously took longer to make and freeze than it did to completely devour.

Adapted from Cookaholic Wife's Recipe

1 & 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
14 oz. can of coconut milk
8 oz. blackberries
1 tablespoon sugar

In a small saucepan, heat your blackberries and sugar under medium heat.  Cook until the blackberries soften and start to break down.  Reduce by half.  Strain mixture through a chinois or fine-mesh strainer.  You should end up with about 1/4-1/2 cup.  Let mixture cool to room temperature.

Shake the coconut milk before you open it to emulsify it.  If you don't shake it, you'll end up with coconut water on the bottom and coconut cream on the top.  In a medium bowl, combine the coconut milk, milk, coconut flakes, and blackberry reduction.  Mix until smooth and a pale purplish color.  Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.  Freeze mixture for about 3-4 hours before serving.

The result ended up being one of the creamiest ice creams we've ever made.  My husband, who claims to not like any fruit-laden desserts, ate every last drop.  So it gets the Garbe approval!

I'll definitely be trying more of Nichole's recipes!

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  1. Ooh, that looks really good. I have been loving using coconut milk in frozen treats. Love the blackberry addition. Happy New Year!

  2. Blackberries are the perfect addition to this! I'm almost jealous I didn't think of it!

  3. Lovely! Homemade ice cream is so it! And the coconut-blackberry combo sounds terrific!

  4. First I need to get an ice cream maker Peggy, Delicious coconut ice cream.

  5. That ice cream sounds heavenly!! I love the combination of blackberries and coconut. Divine!

  6. I am definitely an ice cream all year round person too. That looks heavenly.

  7. I love the coconut milk in the ice cream... looks so amazing.:)

  8. Okay, this is IT! a recipe that prompts me to drag the ice cream maker out of storage and try a batch of blackberry coconut. Great recipe choice.

  9. Blackberry + Coconut = Amazing. Put it in ice cream and I'm pretty much smitten. Looks fantastic!

  10. Your lovely recipe reminds me of my ice cream machine that I still hahve not used. I think it is time.

  11. I LOVE blackberry..especially in ice this is right up my frozen treat alley! The coconut makes it sound eve better..if that's possible! I would have chosen this also! Thank you for your well wwishes and Happy New Year!!

  12. My husband, like yours, never tires of ice cream and would lobe if I'd make're a much better wife than I ;-) Looks delish!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Creamy Mints.


  13. This ice cream looks awesome! I haven't tried making my own but I think I need to!

  14. I just got an ice cream maker for Christmas and this is the perfect recipe for it!

    How is culinary school going? Hope you still enjoy it lots.

  15. Blackberries and coconut! That sounds like an awesome combo! I'll have to try it. :)