20 August 2007

Day 9: Avocado Ice Cream

Attack of the big green monster, run, run for your lives!

Ahem, sorry about that. Obviously, ice cream making is going to my head. That big green blob in the picture up there? Let me explain. When I first got the idea to do an ice cream challenge, I immediately started brainstorming ideas. Of course, I had books about ice cream, I surfed the websites of my favorite creameries to check out their flavor lists, and I soon had a growing list of hundreds of possibilities, from parsnip ice cream to a myriad of chocolate varieties. There was an avocado ice cream on my list, but I had little intention of making it. Partly because I don't really like avocados, but mainly because this project is about exploring some of my own ideas, not just parroting recipes written down by others.

But then my friend Jesse heard I had an avocado ice cream recipe, and could he please, please come over and make it with me. Apparently, he's in the midst of an avocado phase, and I am never one to turn down an invitation to cook (or churn) for someone. Unfortunately, avocado ice cream is not the most action-packed of activities: basically you put all the ingredients in the blender and blitz, then pour the mixture directly into your ice cream machine. What could be easier? Next time he comes over I'll have to make a flambe. Then again, whenever I have friends over to cook with, we usually end up talking the whole time and I'm lucky if I don't burn everything while in an excited discussion of the latest book I read.

But back to the ice cream. As you can see, it is marvelously, shockingly (I might add frighteningly) green. I love the creamy, smooth texture, almost like a frozen mousse, and the bright bursts of lime. The only thing I didn't like was the hint of avocado flavor, but then again, I don't love avocados, and I certainly don't want them in my dessert. However, I checked back with Jesse to see what he thought; apparently, he's been rationing it because he likes it so much. In which case, I just hope I won't have to take any more order requests soon.

avocado ice cream
Avocado Ice Cream
An ice cream for avocado lovers, and an easy and tasty one at that. Adapted from David Lebovitz.

3 medium avocados
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
a good squeeze of lime plus it's zest
pinch salt

1. Dice the avocados, put in a blender jar with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour directly into your ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer's directions. Store in the freezer.

Lighten up: For a lighter version, you can use half-and-half or whole milk in place of the heavy cream. You can use reduced-fat sour cream, but do not use fat free.


Anonymous said...

I think it is lovely. :) I've always wanted to try an avocado dessert since I watched the Good Eats episode where Alton frosted a cake with avocado frosting. ;) Was the ice cream more sweet tasting or tangy tasting?

Sandi said...

I'm saving this one for next St. Patricks day. I bet it is really good.

Elmi said...

No way! ;)

Anonymous said...

hi mercedes! thanks for your submission to tastspotting! LOVE the green color on the ice cream, and since i got an ice cream maker for my birthday, i think i might be trying this recipe, too :)

Aoife said...

You don't like avocado? I'm afraid I don't understand.

Krizia said...

This reminds me of a traditional Filipino dessert of shaved ice, sugar, milk, condensed milk, and shaved avocado. In the Philippines, the avocado is never used for savory dishes. How opposite, no? Thus, the thought of lime in this ice cream makes me pucker my face :P You inspire me to translate our traditional dessert into ice cream form, perhaps w/ soy or coconut milk! Brilliant color in your photos :)

SteamyKitchen said...

I love avocado gelato...I'm sure I'd love this too

Piping Girl said...

The color is so vibrant! I love avocado's but never would've thought to put them in dessert. I love your blog!

Mercedes said...

Parker- hmm, avocado frosting, it sounds really interesting, maybe I'll have to make it for my friend's birthday

Sandi- ah, good idea!

Sarah- thank you, and happy birthday! I hope you'll try some of the other ice cream recipes too!

Aoife- well, I don't hate avocados, I just don't love them (it's a texture things, I have the same problem with bananas). I'm working on it.

Krizia- how interesting!

Jaden- If you liked avocado gelato, you'd love this!

piping- thanks!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I can't wait to try it...will I need chips with it? :-) -Cindy at Rosehavencottage.com

Amy said...

I love the vibrant colors of your ice creams, the purple blueberry, the orange quince, and now this stunning green avocado ice cream!

Anonymous said...

Crazy! Avocado ice cream....sounds kind of delicious and gross at the same time! I want to try! Awesome August ice cream mission you've got there! I'm excited for the rest of the month!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Mercedes, I think I might be running to get to be first in line to try this. Oooo the richness of it all.
Three weeks of ice cream, you are rocking this one!

Anonymous said...

Thsi ice cream looks Delish. I love acvacodos!

anonymous said...

can this be made without an ice cream maker??

Kim said...

I am going to try your version. A long time ago in another life I made Avocado ice cream. It was the most amazing ice cream I have ever eaten. Some time later I enjoyed a bowl of Green Tea ice cream which was equally amazing. I do not have the recipe I used so many years ago and I will gladly try this one. Thank you.