This July, join more than 90 percent of the US population who regularly enjoy the creamy dairy delight during National Ice Cream Month with a new take on the traditional treat that will please contemporary taste buds. The rich flavors of coconut and Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla make this ice cream recipe a stand-out. Made with Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract, the same extract used in gourmet restaurants across the country, this recipe is topped with aromatic toasted coconut for extra texture and taste. Be sure to have the ice and coarse salt your ice cream maker requires. For those without an ice cream machine try one of these three low-cost techniques for creating ice cream:
The Bag Method:
Take a well-chilled ice cream base, put it in a plastic bag (Ziploc), which rests inside of a larger Ziploc bag filled with kosher salt and ice, then shake for a long while and end up with some pretty good ice cream.
Ice Cream in a Can, or Kick the Can:
Put ice cream base in a small coffee can, which rests in a larger coffee can, surrounded by rock salt and ice. Seal the tops and roll the can around.
The Stir-Every-30-Minutes Method:
Take custard base out of the freezer every half-hour and give it a vigorous stir until you have an ice-cream-like consistency. It’s the simplest of all techniques.
Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream
½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup caster sugar (baker’s sugar)
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract
2 (13.5-ounce) cans unsweetened coconut milk
½ cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (garnish)
In a small bowl, whisk cream, sugar and vanilla extract until combined; set aside. Add coconut milk to a large glass measuring cup; add cream-sugar mixture and stir. Assemble ice cream maker and pour ice cream mixture through filling hole. For the perfect ice-cream follow the manufacturer’s appliance directions. While ice cream is churning, toast the coconut. Preheat the oven to 350°F. On a small rimmed baking sheet, evenly spread coconut; place in oven and toast, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, as coconut will toast quickly. Cool and store until ready to use. *Caster sugar can be difficult to find. To make a superfine sugar, add granulated sugar to a mini food processor bowl and pulse until sugar is a superfine, but not a powdery consistency.