May 18, 2007

La Gringa's Mango Ice Cream

Mango ice creamLa Gringa's Mango Ice Cream − Yummy

This recipe is for a 1 1/2 quart ice cream freezer. Makes 1 1/2 quarts of the most delicious ice cream imaginable.

mango ice creamIngredients:

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 ripe mango
2 cups heavy cream
1-2 cups milk

Peel and slice a medium size ripe mango. Place 1 1/2 cups of pieces in blender and puree until smooth. You should have around 1 cup puree, más o menos (more or less). If you use a large mango, dice part of it and top your finished ice cream with the mango pieces. Yum.

Beat eggs with wire whisk (not electric mixer) for 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until sugar is well blended, about 1 minute more. Stir in vanilla, mango puree, and cream.

Stir in enough milk to fill your container to the proper level (5 cups total for a 1 1/2 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker). Chill mixture thoroughly before placing it in the ice cream maker.

Freeze ice cream according to your machine's directions. Enjoy!

La Gringa's Papaya Ice Cream: Substitute approximately one cup of pureed ripe papaya for the mango. This is just as delicious as the mango. Hint: Papaya ice cream has the most beautiful color.

Warning: This ice cream is a rich, high fat, high cholesterol treat. It is based on a Ben and Jerry's recipe, so you can't go wrong. You could fool around with the recipe and make it lower fat or vegan, but if you're going to have ice cream − my motto is go for the best!

Mango tips:

Don't be afraid to buy mangoes in your grocery store even though they may appear green and hard. They are picked here long before ripe and usually ripen quite nicely and sweetly if kept at room temperature. Avoid mangoes with bruises or holes as those sometimes indicate a more serious problem inside.

When ripe, depending on the type, the skin can be yellowish, orangish, reddish, even greenish, or a combination of all of these colors. They should feel slightly firm with a little give when you give it a squeeze in your hand, kind of like a ripe peach (the taste is similar, too).

Some mangoes have long fibers near the pit. Discard those as they tend to get stringy in the ice cream. A ripe mango will keep in the fridge for several days, but like any other fruit, once it's ripe, it's best used within a day or two.

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