Monday, 12 December 2016

Custard Apple Ice Cream Pops...

Custard Apple is not a fruit that we see regularly at the markets, so when I saw some a few weeks ago, I was delighted! Also known as Cherimoya, it is pale green in colour, with a creamy flesh, and several large seeds. The fruit is best eaten when really ripe and soft. The flesh has a somewhat tropical in taste, faintly reminiscent of a mixture of pineapple, mango and something else that I cannot quite place. Banana perhaps?
Note that the custard Apple in this recipe can easily be replaced with the puréed flesh of a large mango.
 I placed the churned ice cream into Popsicle moulds, but you could easily place it into a container and serve it by the scoop.

Creamy custard apple and lime ice cream

2 large ripe custard apples
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
250ml full fat milk
200ml cream
50g sugar
2 egg yolks
50 g good quality white chocolate
Zest of 1 lime, extra

Cut the custard apples in half. Remove the pulp and place in a sieve. Press down with a spoon, reserving the juice. Discard the seeds. Add the lime zest to the custard apple and refrigerate until needed. Place the milk and cream in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until pale and thickened. Slowly add the milk and cream mixture, and whisk until combined. Pour the mixture back into the pan, and place over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and strain into a clean bowl. Leave to cool. Refrigerate until well chilled, then stir in the custard apple purée. Churn in an ice cream machine. Place in Popsicle moulds and freeze until solid. Decorate with melted white chocolate and the extra lime zest.