longan vanilla ice-cream

Longan vanilla ice-cream

Ice-creams are my all time favorite and I love to experiment different flavors of it. It is always our favorite food, regardless of the weather. This longan vanilla ice-cream has the goodness of real fruit and a mild flavor of vanilla too. You can never say no to this, can you?!

Recently, I have been trying different ice-creams and also sorbets. So, this longan vanilla ice-cream is another trial of mine. It was very successful and the ice-cream tasted really yummy.

I don’t know if this longan fruit is familiar with most of you. I have heard the name before, but I have definitely not seen or had it, until now. In my place, this is sold as ‘Thai lychees’. I love lychess, so I thought, why not give this too a try.

The outer covering of longan was different from that of lychees. Other than this, most of it is common for both longan and lychee. It has a thin brown outer skin covering the flesh of the fruit. It has a black seed and looks similar to lychee but not the same. I felt like it tasted similar to palm fruit (commonly called as nungu in tamil).

Apart from its look and taste, longan fruits are also packed with a lot of health benefits. It is lower in calories and is a very good source of vitamin C. It is also high on water content and helps in weight loss too.

I wanted to try some recipe with a seasonal fruit and post it for all of you. But, I couldn’t do so until now. When I saw these longan fruits, I thought of trying something new and posting it. Also, I missed on this year’s lychees. So, I thought maybe I could compensate it with these longan fruits.

To be fr4ank, it obviously did not compensate for the lychees. But, I did enjoy having the longan vanilla ice-cream more than the fruit alone. Anyways, at first I thought I wouldprepare a pudding recipe with longan fruits. But then, for the first time, I got these best whipped cream available around my place that I was intimidated to buy one then and there and try something with it.

longan vanilla ice-cream

I love seeing whipped cream beaten to stiff peaks. But, for a long time time, I was not able to do it as I did not get proper whipping cream available near my place. So, when I saw that it was available I immediately changed my decision from pudding to ice-cream. I am also planning to make a cake. I hope that i get the time to try and post a new cake recipe. *Fingers crossed*

So anyway, To have the flesh of these longan fruits, we need to peel the skin off and deseed them. For this longan vanilla ice-cream, I had all these flesh of the longan fruit pulsed for a few seconds so that I would get the juice of it while also having some bits of longan fruit. You can also chop a few and grind the rest to a juice consistency and then use it.

This way, every bite of the longan vanilla ice-cream you take, there would be small pieces of longan fruits for you to bite one. You can totally avoid this by blending everything to a juice consistency. I like some pieces of fruits on the ice-cream and so I made it that way.

However you make it, it is ice 0cream at the end of the day and no one can deny ice-cream. Enjoy this longan vanilla ice-cream with your loved ones. Stay safe; stay healthy. Happy cooking and eating!

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Longan vanilla ice-cream

Real fruit ice-cream with a mild hint of vanilla too.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: ice cream, longan, longan ice cream, vanilla, vanilla ice cream
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Abhipriya Raghav

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups whipping cream
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 300 grams longan fruit, de-skinned and deseeded
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Remove the outer skin and the seed of the longan fruit.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Pulse it for a few seconds in a blender such that there are still tiny bits remaining. Keep it aside until further use.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Place the bowl and the beater in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Pour 1.5 cups of whipping cream in the chilled bowl and beat in a medium speed for 2 minutes.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Keep beating until stiff peaks are formed.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Add condensed milk, pulsed longan fruit along with its juices and the vanilla extract. Beat it just until well combined.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Pour it in a freezer safe container and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
    longan vanilla ice-cream
  • Serve the ice-cream with some chocolate sauce or as desired.
    longan vanilla ice-cream

Notes

  • If you do not like tiny bits of fruits in the ice-cream, then blend the fruit well and strain it to remove any tiny bits.
  • While beating scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • After adding the rest of the ingredients to the beaten whipped cream, just beat until fully combined and do not over mix.
  • Freeze for atleast 8 hours for the ice-cream to set properly.

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