Homemade Coconut Ice Cream

Sorry, no picture...it didn't last long enough to get one. It was THAT good! This is FABULOUS! I got it off another blog who got it from a book, mentioned below!

Very rich flavor...and probably NOT low-fat! But try it anyways, you will NOT be disappointed!

Tools: cookie sheet, sauce pan, strainer, ice cream maker

1/2 C. shredded sweetened coconut
1 C. sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. half-and-half
1-1/2 C. unsweetened coconut milk
1 C. heavy cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. coconut extract)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil Place in the hot oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the coconut turns a light brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the sugar into the eggs with a hand held mixer until thickened and pale yellow. Beat in the cornstarch and salt. Set aside.

Combine the half-and-half with the coconut milk in a heavy medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and slowly beat the hot liquid into the eggs and sugar. Briefly rinse your saucepan and rub dry with paper towel or cloth. Pour the eggs, sugar, etc. mixture back into the saucepan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thicken slightly. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble. Remove from the heat and pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow the custard to cool slightly, about five minutes, then stir in the toasted coconut, heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold (about 5 hours) or overnight.

Stir the chilled custard, then freeze in 1 or 2 batched in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions. When finished, the ice cream will be soft but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 3 hours.

This recipe actually comes from: The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, and More by Bruce Weinstein. I'm just tempted to purchase this beauty!

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