PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE

April 16, 2011 11:30 AM
Avocado and Coconut Ice Cream
AVOCADO AND COCONUT ICE CREAM
Helado de Aguacate y Coco
Serves 6

INGREDIENTS
3 large ripe Hass avocados, about 2 pounds, halved, pitted, pulp scooped out (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
3/4 cups sugar, more to taste
1/4 cup dried shredded coconut, lightly toasted, optional for garnish, or toasted almonds, pine nuts or pistachios

TO PREPARE
Cut the avocados in half, remove the pit and scoop the pulp out. Cut the pulp into chunks and place it in the blender or food processor.  Add the coconut milk, sugar, and lime juice, and puree until smooth.

Process the avocado-coconut puree in you ice cream maker, or ice cream ball, according to the manufacturers instructions.  Place in the freezer for a couple hours for firmer ice cream.  If you don't have an ice cream maker you can serve it as a cold mousse, or you can also freeze it and serve it as ice cream, but it will be a little less fluffy.  But its still good!

Lightly toast the shredded coconut on a small saute pan set over medium-low heat, stirring constantly so it does not burn. It will take less than a minute.  Once the coconut becomes fragrant and acquires a tan, remove and set aside.  Sprinkle over the ice cream.