Saturday, 5 May 2012

AVOCADO AND PISTACHIO PRALINE GELATO


My husband loves avocados but the only way he knows how to eat it is in salads. When we first met he only had it with prawn cocktail.

Avocado grows in abundance in the Philippines. I just love it but the only way I know how to eat it is in sweets. The most common way to eat is is scraped into noodle shapes with a special tool, then mixed with milk, sugar and ice. When I made this for my husband for the first time, he was very pleasantly surprised at how good it tasted made that way. He couldn't imagine it being eaten sweet. He was converted from the first spoonful. It was love at first taste.




Avocado is also one of the most popular ice cream flavours. It doesn't need much to be added to it as it is already creamy by itself. I chose to make it into a gelato for that reason. I don't want the creaminess of the avocado to be overpowered by the cream. I have added candied pistachios as an accent flavour. I chose pistachios because of its "green" taste that goes well with avocados. The caramel gives a nice contrasting hit. All of them together makes a creamy, dreamy dessert.



Ingredients:

(You will need an ice cream machine for this recipe.)

2 ripe avocados
1 pint of fresh milk
1 397 gm.-tin of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. skimmed milk powder
1/4 c. sugar

Cut the avocados in half. Scrape three of them into a bowl. I scraped the last half with a special scraper but you could also chop it coarsely. Set this aside. This will be added to the prepared ice cream so that there's bits of whole avocados in it.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the avocados in the bowl. Puree with a hand blender (or in a blender) until very smooth. 

Transfer to an ice cream machine and churn until thick and fluffy. Add the scraped or chopped avocado that you've set aside and the chopped pistachio praline. Churn for a few seconds until just combined. Transfer to a container and freeze until ready to serve.

For the pistachio praline:

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. toasted pistachios

Line a baking pan with baking paper. Coat with oil.

Put the sugar in a pan and melt on low heat, swirling the pan from time to time. When it is all melted and golden brown, add in the nuts and swirl again. Pour immediately into the lined pan. Leave to cool and set. Chop coarsely.




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13 comments:

  1. So perfect for the summer! :)

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  2. I love how this doesn't call for cream - which we don't have here in zamboanga. haha! Now all I need is an ice cream maker. T_T

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  3. Would you believe that I wasn't fond of avocado growing up? I remember the sweet preparation you described and how much it was around when I was a child. Now I have an appreciation for it and it took your post to remind me that I have never served avocado to my husband that way--he would love it.

    As for this ice cream, I couldn't bookmark this quickly enough. What a great idea for gelato--and you just happened to include two another favorite of mine: pistachios.

    Thanks for this recipe, Adora. Beautifully done, as usual.

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  4. I just found your site on foodblogs.com so I thought I would stop by and take a peek. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can't wait to see what your next post will be!

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  5. Amazing recipe! This gelato looks and sounds just perfect!

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  6. yum! I can't wait to try this gelato this summer

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  7. This does look wonderful! I have never had avocado sweet before, but it never looked good in a shake. This gelato I would love to try. I like that you used it with pistachios. Gorgeous pictures!

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  8. Avocado and Pistachio a perfect combination. Looks delicious.

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  9. I've learned about Avocado flavor ice cream after I started to blog. I think this will be a must try. I can't guess how it will taste like! :-)

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  10. I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure to be following your creations…

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  11. How interesting that you only knew avocados in sweets. This recipe sounds so good and fresh! A change from the usual way. And in the flowerpots with the pistachios it´s so pretty!

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  12. LOVE this recipe... I am huge fan of avocado ice cream and I love this flavor combination! The pictures are really gorgeous!

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  13. I love avocado for its creamy unique taste and always have it ice-blended from bubble tea stalls. I guessed they must have added just a hint of lemon juice. Nice combinations! :)

    You not only cooked yummilicious dishes for your family, you made tasty desserts for them too! They're so lucky to have you, Adora! :)

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