Desserts and Pastries — By Ben on 15 August 2008
Keeping Cool


Well, not really. The weather here in Ohio has been just gorgeous for the past two weeks. Temperatures in the lower 80′s and no humidity at all. The best part is that it is supposed to remain like that for the rest of the month. If Ohio’s summers were always like this, I wouldn’t mind them so much. Anyway, Jon’s mom gave me a Kitchen Collection gift certificate for my birthday back in June and i bought an ice cream machine with it. As much ice cream as Jon eats I figured the smartest thing was to get one. So I have been experimenting with my new toy. I am so happy with it. These are some of the things that I’ve made so far:

One of the first ingredients that I had to use were strawberries, of course. I followed a recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream like Ben and Jerry’s that I found on recipezaar.com. Delicious, isn’t it?

Another refreshing treat that I made was using my most favorite fruit ever!

Oh delicious mangoes, what would life be without you? This is a very simple recipe that my mom used to make and that doesn’t requiere an ice cream machine. All you need is a large mango and 1 can of sweet condensed milk. Cut the mango and processed it with the milk in a food processor. Pour into a dish and freeze for 2 hours. That’s it! I used bread crumbs mixed with cinnamon and brown sugar for the topping:

The following recipe’s star ingredient is one that I am addicted to. It is hard not to get addicted to its sour and sweet flavor. I love to eat it right off the pod. I’ve been eating them like that since I was a baby. I am talking about

tamarind, that delicious and nutritious African (or is it original of India?) fruit. I was going to make a tamarind sorbet originally, but I decided to make ice cream instead, just to change things a little (tamarind sorbet is very popular in Mexico) This is how I made it:

Tamarind Ice Cream
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • •1 cup tamarind pods
  • •1 cup water
  • •1 cup brown sugar
  • •2 cups heavy cream
  • •1 cup whole milk
  • •1 TBSP lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Clean the pods by peeling off the shells.
  2. In a small saucepan boil tamarind, water and sugar for about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk the mixture vigorously to separate the tamarind pulp from the seeds.
  4. Strain the mixture using a fine strainer to retain the seeds and stems of the tamarind.
  5. Refrigerate until cold.
  6. In a large bowl combine tamarind mixture, cream, milk and lemon juice. Pour on your ice cream maker and follow the factory instructions.
  7. When the mixture is thick, pour in a plastic container, seal and freeze for 2-4 hours.

Easy, right? If you like tamarind I am sure you will love this ice cream. I know summer is almost over, but I love ice cream any time of the year. How do you keep cool during the summer?

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(18) Readers Comments

  1. Great cooling desserts all round Ben…that tamarind looks just delicious. As for that mango dessert how easy is that?

  2. I am now having a serious craving for that tamarind ice cream.

  3. We are having that same beautiful weather in Mpls & I think I got Matt to agree with need an ice cream maker :)

  4. The mango dessert can’t be any easier! Tamarind ice cream, I don’t think I’ve seen that anywhere. Yom!

  5. Hola, Enjoyed the ‘tuna’ lesson. I once had a prickly pear Margarita, not quite as nutritious but as I recall, refreshing and delicious.

  6. Tamarind ice cream? Dude, you’re an originator. That’s something straight out of Iron Chef land. All three flavors looks awesome, with a nice creamy texture and everything.

    Just don’t go making soy bean bean sprout salmon mackerel ice cream though. Kind of like Yao Ming driving a VW Bug, some things are just not meant to be.

  7. Looks delicious Ben, especially the strawberry icecream, yum. never had tamarind. you thought it odd that I’m not a chocolate fan, LOL am not that fond of mangoes either :p my aunt introduced me to them saying how fab they were/are. she was not impressed when I was unimpressed ;-)

  8. I just received a ice-cream maker attachment for my new KitchenAid mixer (for my birthday, it was a big one—don’t ask!) I am really intrigued by the tamarind recipe. I am not sure where would I find those pods. I think I would have to make a trip to the “big city”. Whole Foods? Maybe the mexican grocery store there?

  9. I love the mango ice cream with cinnamon brown sugar toping. It sounds delicious. And your tamarind ice cream looks good too. There’s alot of candy made out of this. isn’t there. I think my daughter’s been buying some. Good post Ben. Good photos too.

  10. Tamarind is a taste I haven’t quite gotten the hang of, Ben. The mango recipe looked amazing, though, and since D loves mango – perfect! I told you the two of you seem to have similar tastes. ;-)

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