Sunday, April 25, 2010

Avocados, Ice Cream and a Dessert or Two

My husband loves avocados, which is great because we live in San Diego where fresh avocados are available year round. Fresh guacamole is delicious, sliced avocado is lovely and salads of avocado are amazing but after awhile it becomes a little monotonous. In my quest to discover new ways to use this creamy, delicious fruit known as the avocado I have found and created a couple new desserts. The first dessert I would love to share with you is avocado ice cream ( with a little help from the very informative Mr. Alton Brown). The second is all my own creation and I will share with you a little later in the week, so stay tune! Both take a little prep time, but are easily made ahead of time.

I was a little skeptical about this recipe, not for the texture but for the flavor. Avocados have a very earthy distinct flavor profile that I was not sure it would fair well as a sweet ice cream. I was very pleasantly surprised, not only was the ice cream rich and sweet but the flavor paired perfectly with the crunchy sweet tortilla and perfectly ripe strawberries.

Avocado Ice Cream Napoleons
Avocado Ice cream: Courtesy of Alton Brown

3 ripe avocados ( preferably Californian)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. heavy cream

Pit and remove avocado from skin. Place in blender with lemon juice, milk and sugar. Blend until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours until temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove from fridge and place in prepared ice cream maker. Churn 5-10 minutes. Place in freezer 2-4 hours to set up.

Strawberry Sauce:

6 ripe strawberries
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste

Puree strawberries and vanilla bean paste in blender to desired consistency.

Deep fried Tortillas:
canola oil about an inch in cast iron pan
3 tortillas ( cut to desired shape with cutter)
1 tsp. good cinnamon
1/4 c. sugar

Heat oil to 350 degrees. Place tortilla in oil carefully and fry until very light golden brown. 1-2 minutes, turning while cooking. Remove and place on paper towel to drain. Sprinkle with sugar mixture.

To assemble:

Spoon small amount of strawberry puree on plate.Place one tortilla on plate, put a small scoop of avocado ice cream on top. Add another tortilla to top of ice cream, garnish with ripe strawberry. Spoon a small amount of strawberry sauce around plate. Serve and enjoy!!


C.G. the Foodie said...

I have read about avocado ice cream and now I have to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

lostpastremembered said...

Spectacular photos and what a great blog! I can't believe this is the first time I've seen it! I look forward to many return visits... really great work!

Angie's Recipes said...

Avocado ice cream! Wow...I would really love to try them! Crunchy tortilla with avocado ice inbetween drizzled with strwaberry sauce.... so sexy!

Anonymous said...

Avocado ice cream is delicious - my daughter's favorite! I love the idea of the napoleon with fried tortilla and strawberry, a terrific combo!

Sippity Sup said...

It's certainly a beautiful presentation and I am very intrigues. From the looks of the recipe it seems the ice cream is not supper sweet (which appeals to me) and the sauce will certainly balance the earthiness... so I am on board. GREG

Lori said...

This sounds delicious and I'm incredibly jealous of your avocado access. :) I was introduced to avocado of the sweet creation in Brazil. Shakes with avocado and banana were common there and so tasty!

Sook said...

Such a beautiful presentation! Looks really delicious, too!

Mimi said...

This looks like a winning reicpe. I've tried other avocado ice cream recipes but the avocado were overwhelmed by the other ingredients.

Chef E said...

I love avocado, I love Alton Brown, and I love your dish, but which to pick first- to eat, to geek, or to gawk!

Chris said...

Like you, I thought, avocado? Ice cream?

But if you say it works, I'd be willing to give it a shot.

Your food styling and photography skills are nothing short of amazing.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Wow! This dessert sounds like quite a combination. I like that you used tortillas, an ingredient that is typically paired with avocadoes in the savory version and put a sweet twist on it. Great job!

OysterCulture said...

Yea, you have the Name/URL option so I can comment - had to say that this dessert just sounded amazing, love to try it.