Passion Fruit & Tree Tomato Ice Cream
EVENT: SHHH COOKING SECRETLY
THEME: FROZEN TREATS
RECIPE: PASSION FRUIT & TREE TOMATO ICE CREAM
This Passion Fruit & Tree Tomato Ice Cream has been inspired from the regular fresh juices that one generally finds on restaurant menus in Kenya. In fact, I love passion fruit and tree tomato juice as it is so refreshing, aromatic and delicious. So, as expected this ice cream turned out just that, refreshing, aromatic and super delicious.
Brief History of Ice Cream
According to history an ice cream like produce was invented in China around 200BC. In fact, Milk and rice mixture was frozen by packing it in snow. Some say it was invented in Persia. It is believed that the Roman Emperor Nero had slaves collect ice from the Apennine Mountains. Mixed with wine and honey, it was the first sorbet like frozen treat. During the 16th Century horsemen would collect ice from the Hindu Kush for the Mughal Emperors to make fruit sorbets. It was till the mid 18th century that ice creams became more affordable for the ordinary people.
Incidentally, frozen treats go by different names in different countries. Sorbets, gelato, kulfi, frozen custard, frozen yogurt. On the whole, I am so happy that ice cream was invented! What would life be without ice creams? Can you imagine, for a minute! By the way, Ice creams for me is always associated with celebrations and happy memories. Actually, the fun part was when in the evenings the huge family would pack into the mini van and go to SNO- Cream for a quick cone. Or to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries we would go to the hotels for desserts and they usually were sundaes.
Actually, the first time my aunt and I ever made ice cream at home was well, not creamy at all! In reality, it was more like frozen flavored milk, but the family enjoyed it all the same. Then, we realized that whipping the cream was essential, using right consistency of milk was paramount. And hey presto! second trial was a much better ice cream.
When my kids were growing up, I use to make fresh fruit lollies for them as Mombasa weather is almost always hot. Specifically, trips to the Ice Cream Parlours were reserved for weekends.
Some Frozen Treats You May Want To Check Out:
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- Thandai Kulfi
- Lemongrass and Ginger Infused Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream
- Mango Cardamom Ice Cream
- Banana Ice Cream
- Blueberry Ice Cream
- Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream
- Mango Passion Fruit Paleta
- Mango Coconut Paleta
- Pineapple Paleta
- Chikoo Kulfi
- Mango, Banana and Mint Sorbet
- Honeydew Melon Sorbet
- Watermelon Mint Sorbet
- Watermelon Granita
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Every month a new theme is chosen by members. Then the participants are paired up. In turn, they give each other 2 secret ingredients to use in their recipe which is prepared fitting the theme. As soon as their dish is ready, the photo is shared on our Facebook group and other try and guess the secret ingredients. Finally, towards the end of the month the recipe is shared on the group. Furthermore, this way members get to know each other and interact with each other.
This Month’s Theme
Keeping in mind that its Summer Time in India, Pavani who blogs at Pavani’s Kitchen suggested FROZEN TREATS as our theme for the month of April. And am I so glad as it is very very hot in Mombasa too. In particular because the rains haven’t arrived! Incidentally, Pavani has so many delicious and easy recipes that I want to try. First on the list is her 4 Ingredient Coffee Ice Cream as I’m a huge fan of coffee.Additionally, also would love to try out her refreshing Rose Mojito. Please do check out her frozen treat Easy Oreo Ice Cream.
In regards to this month, my partner is Anu who blogs at Ente Thattukada. In brief, Anu’s blog is a mixture of South Indian and International recipes. I’ve bookmarked Vettu Cake a tea time snack from the state of Kerala and Vattayappam, Kerala Style Steamed Cakes. For the frozen treat Anu gave me passion fruit and cream as my secret ingredients. And Anu used the secret ingredients dates and banana to prepare a healthy, delicious and creamy Chocolate Ice Cream.
Ingredients Required For Passion Fruit & Tree Tomato Ice Cream
- Passion Fruit Concentrate – Passion Fruit is a tropical fruit with a tough outer skin encasing juicy seeds within it. Though its sour, one can enjoy the pulp with the seeds on its own as it is rich in Vitamins A & C and antioxidants. To get the concentrate, cut the fruit into half, remove the pulp from the outer rind. It is then processed in a blender for a few seconds. Strain the pulp in a sieve to remove the seeds. Now you have passion fruit concentrate.
- Tree Tomato – Also known as tamarillo, is a tropical fruit. Here too the pulp is generally enjoyed on its own as its packed with Vitamins A, C and E. Here too the fruit is cut into half and the pulp is scooped out. Since the pulp is less juicy and more thick, a bit of water is required to process the pulp in the blender. The mixture is then strained using a sieve to remove the seeds.
- Coconut Milk – can use normal dairy milk or evaporated milk too.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Whipping Cream or Heavy Cream
- Sugar – optional. I didn’t add any sugar as the sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk was right for us. Taste the mixture and add sugar
- Salt – just a generous pinch is added to bring out the flavors.
Please note that no flavoring of any sort is added as passion fruit has its own strong flavour and aroma too.
- Gluten Free
- Egg free
PASSION FRUIT & TREE TOMATO ICE CREAM
- 200 ml coconut milk approx. 1 cup
- 200 ml sweetened condensed milk approx. 1 cup
- 100 ml whipping or heavy cream approx. ½ cup
- ½ cup fresh passion fruit concentrate
- ½ cup tree tomato pureed pulp
- sugar according to your taste, optional
- generous pinch salt
METHOD 1 USING ICE CREAM MACHINE
- Put the inner bucket/bowl in the freezer overnight.
- Mix all the above ingredients in a blender.
- Chill the mixture for 30 minutes.
- Fix the chilled bucket or bowl into your ice cream machine according to the instructions given.
- Switch the machine on.
- Pour the chilled mixture into the bowl or bucket and allow it to churn for 20-25 minutes. The exact time will be given in machine's instruction guidance.
- Mine has to churn for 25 minutes. After that you can serve the soft ice cream.
- For a firm ice cream, transfer the soft ice cream to an airtight container and leave it in the freezer for 2 hours.
METHOD 2 WITHOUT AN ICE CREAM MACHINE
- Whip the cream to a soft peak consistency.
- Fold in the milk, sweetened condensed milk and whisk again. The mixture will appear custard like.
- Add the salt, passion fruit concentrate and tree tomato puree. Whisk again.
- Put the mixture in an airtight container. Put it in the freezer.
- After about an hour you will see that the ice cream has begun to freeze at the edges.
- Give the mixture a whisk again and freeze it.
- Repeat the process at least 3-4 times before allowing it to freeze completely. This way you will avoid any crystals in the ice cream.
- The sweetness from the sweetened condensed milk was enough for us. If you need to add more sugar, add some at the blending stage according to your taste.
- For a swirl effect, add ¼ cup tree tomato puree just before the churning time is over. If making without the machine, add the puree on top after the last whisk. Create swirls using a fork and allow it to freeze.
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