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Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati

This recipe is based on using fresh coconut. For those who have never dealt with a coconut it can seem a problem, prompting people to reach for ice picks, sledge-hammers and electric drills. Our technique is not so dramatic. Since it is simpler and safer than most advice we have read on the subject, we pass it on.

First though, when buying a coconut, shake it; it should have an unmistakable, generously sloshing sound. Then check the three ‘eyes’; none of these should be mouldy or show any sign of damage. To open the coconut you first need to drain off the water inside. (It is called water, not milk.) A few experimental jabs will establish that one eye is softer than the other two. (This is the eye through which the coconut would have sprouted.) We find it easiest to use a corkscrew to make the first hole in this eye and then enlarge it with a kebab-type skewer. Use the corkscrew to make a second hole in another eye to avoid an air lock. Leave the coconut upside down to drain into a large glass or mug.
To open the shell, cover the coconut with a towel, place it on a stone or concrete floor and hit it with a hammer. This usually both cracks the shell and frees the meat at one and the same time. Try using a sharp potato peeler to pare off the thin brown skin, as this has proved to be safer than a knife. Any coconut meat left over keeps best immersed in coconut water, in the fridge.

After all your hard work you will be rewarded with the most gloriously flavoured ice cream.

Makes About 1 Litre

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Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati by Caroline & Robin Weir

Published by Grub Street Publishing

Twelve years after the publication of their previous book, the largest selling book on ICES that has ever been published, Caroline and Robin Weir return with the ultimate guide to Ice Cream, Gelato, and Sorbet. Since the first publication, over a decade of research and millions of calories have gone into this new book which has over 400 recipes covering ice creams, gelato, graniti, bombes, parfaits, instructions on making wafers, biscuits, punches, even ice creams for diabetics and vegans.

This NEW book, with all areas expanded and updated, is for the beginner, the enthusiast, the cook, the expert, and the professional chef. All the recipes are written in the clearest terms in Metric, cup measurements, and Imperial weights and measures. All techniques are described in the simplest terms and all your questions are covered in this comprehensive book. There are new revelations, on the history of ice cream as well as the origin of the ice cream cone, plus dozens of new pictures and illustrations from the authors constantly expanding collection; there is also a section on both penny licks and some hilarious soda fountain lingo.

There is also a comprehensive section on the physics and chemistry of all ices, as well as enough information to enable you to make almost anything into an ice. Should you want to go BIG on ice cream there is a section on equipment as well as a section on the chemistry and physics of ice cream and ices. If you have never tasted homemade ice cream, you are in for a revelation. If you have the previous book you are in for many inspired new flavors. These are not ice creams loaded with junk confectionery, these are pure unalloyed, straightforward ices, made from easily obtainable ingredients without additives.

© 2018 Caroline & Robin Weir / Grub Street Publishing · Reproduced with permission.


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Prepare the coconut as outlined above. Coarsely grate the white meat either by putting it through the coarse grater disc of a good processor or by hand. Spread evenly over a large baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until the coconut is golden. Stir occasionally so that the coconut pieces brown evenly.

  • Step 2

    Measure 80 g/1/4 cup/2 3/4 oz of the toasted coconut into a saucepan, reserving the remainder in a sealed container. Add the milk and heat gently until the first bubbles appear. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for about 30 minutes. Strain the milk, pressing the coconut firmly to extract all the juices. Measure the coconut milk and make it up to 375 ml/ 1 1/2 cups/12 fl oz with fresh milk if necessary. Return
    the coconut milk to the saucepan and bring back to boiling point.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a heatproof bowl and proceed as for Standard French Vanilla Ice Cream.

  • Step 4

    When the custard is cool, cover and chill in the fridge. When ready, add the chilled cream, stir the cream and vanilla into the custard the either still or stir freeze and store. Serve within 1 hour or, if frozen solid, allow 30 minutes in the fridge to soften sufficiently for serving.

  • Step 5

    Scoops of the ice cream can be served with a sprinkling of the remaining toasted coconut.

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