ocean. I just couldn't help myself though - my mind went into thoughts of a new creation. Using some discipline, we saved a pod for the project. Vanilla and durian are the best of friends, so I came up with this ice cream recipe. You definitely don't need a lot of durian to taste it - start with less if you'd like. We enjoyed it with choccie sauce and cacao nibs. Banana would go well on top!
Vanilla Durian Ice Cream
2 cups cashews
4 cups water
1 cup durian
3/4 cup agave
1/4 cup agave powder*
Seeds of 2 vanilla beans
(you could sub pure extract, to taste)
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
(or dried, to taste)
Few pinches of salt
*A water soluble fiber extracted from agave
Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Chill the mixture for a few hours in the fridge.
Process it in an ice
cream maker. Allow it to firm up further in the freezer a few hours.
If you haven't yet tried this exotic fruit, head to chinatown (which will be guaranteed to carry it), or a large grocery store. I can sometimes get them in the very northern city in Canada, so I'm sure you can too. If you try it once and don't like it - persist! It's a bit of an acquired taste. I still remember my first try about 8 years ago in California. I've been hooked ever since and always say YES to the king of fruits!