Monday, September 07, 2015

Lucuma Ice Cream

So I bought a packet of Lucuma powder from the health food shop to see what it was and what it tasted like.

Turns out it is dried powdered fruit. Native to the Andes, it has a sort of caramel/vanilla type of flavour.

It also turns out that Lucuma Ice Cream is one of the most popular flavours of ice cream in Peru. I have no idea what the real thing made from fresh fruit is like, but this recipe for a custard-based icecream flavoured with the powder is pretty good!

  • 3 Eggs
  • 4oz Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Lucuma powder
  • 1 tin Evaporated Milk
  • Double or Whipping Cream

Beat together the eggs, sugar and lucuma until smooth and pale. Add a spoonful or two of water to help the powder to incorporate if needed.
Empty the evaporated milk into a microwave-safe jug and microwave until steaming hot - about 3 minutes at full power.
Stir the hot evaporated milk into the egg mixture and beat together until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the microwaveable jug.
Cook for a minute on full power and then stir. Repeat another 1 or 2 times until the custard is cooked.
Put a piece of greaseproof paper over the surface of the custard to prevent skin forming, and cool and then chill the custard thoroughly.
Once the custard is cold, remove the paper. Stir until smooth, and then stir in sufficient cream to bring the total volume of custard up to 1.5 pints. Keep stirring until well combined.
Set up your icecream maker, pour in the custard and make the icecream.
Transfer the finished icecream to a tub and let freeze for a couple of hours to firm up before serving.

Categories: Dessert Icecream Peru