06 December 2008

Sweet Potato Ice Cream




I would like to start this off with the following disclaimer: I did not eat this. Even a slight whiff of sweet potatoes makes me want to fall over dead, sadly. Thankfully dear Hubs loves sweet potatoes, and was more than happy to be the guinea pig.


He would like for you to know that the texture was a bit 'chunkier' than regular custard-based ice creams (sing it brother, I could see that from eye-balling the stuff from 6 feet away). But, he really didn't think that was a bad thing. He also said it tasted very much like pumpkin pie, if you added sweet pecans and marshmallows. Or maybe more like candied yams. Or something.

At any rate: he's been dipping into the quart in the freezer all week, so I would guess it is in the "yummy" category. You'll have to give it a try and let me know what you think as well...

Sweet Potato Ice Cream
(Adapted from The Perfect Scoop, 2007)


Ingredients:
1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and diced to 1-in. cubes
1 c. + 2 Tbsp. whole milk
2/3 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Few drops of lemon juice
Wet pecans (recipe follows)
1/2 c. (or so) mini marshmallows

Place the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for about 20 minutes (until cubes are tender). Drain and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Pour the milk into a blender and add the brown sugar, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, vanilla, a pinch of salt, and squeeze of lemon juice. Puree until very smooth, at least 30 seconds. Press the mixture through a mesh strainer using a rubber spatula.

Chill the mixture thorougly in the refrigerator (overnight is best), then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to directions. In the last few minutes of churning, add the wet pecans and mini marshmallows.

Wet Pecans

2 c. pecans, roughly chopped
3/4 c. real maple syrup
Big pinch salt

Heat the syrup in a medium saucepan until it comes to a full boil. Stir in the nuts, and cook until the mixture comes to a full boil once again. Toss in a big pinch of salt. Cook while stirring for 10 seconds, then remove from the heat and cool completely. The nuts will be sticky (and wet) when cooled.

PS: See ya in 6 months, Robot.

6 comments:

Sere said...

I really wish I could ask my parents if they can buy "the perfect scoop" 4 me...unfortunately I do not think we could manage to find it here :'(
anyway...I love you blog!

Snooky doodle said...

Never heard of sweet potato ice cream but there are alot of things I ve never heard of ha must be yummy if your hubby ate it so much. looks great.

Sarah said...

I am not sure why you don't like sweet potatoes, but it does make you weird in my book ;) ;)
I really do like the idea of this ice cream. Think I'll give it a try!

Amy said...

Nemmie... I'm totally with ya. I can't stand sweet potatoes either. And it's worse because I really SHOULD like them. Cinnamon, pecans, marshmallows, brown sugar all things I love.

Baby has made me dislike veggies I previously loved (broccoli and mushrooms come to mind) so I was hoping at Thanksgiving I might find I suddenly liked S.P. this year. No such luck. Keep those yucky blobs of beta caratine away from me!

Sophie said...

I love sweet potatoes :), and from the sounds of it, I'd love this...especially if it tastes like pumpkin pie! I'd like to include your adapted recipe on our blog, please let me know if you're interested :).

Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger
sophie@keyingredient.com

Tracy said...

I saw the recipie and loved the idea. I knew that my friend is both a cooking queen, a sweet potato lover and has an ice cream maker so I sent it to her.

Well, she made it! I am feeling the love. I was some of the finist ice cream I have ever had. She made 3 quarts and out two families finished it.

We didn't have time to cool the pecans to put them in so we used them as a toppinng. We also took a pass on the marshmallows as no one really likes them.

The world needs more sweet potato ice cream!

I am thinking about buying a Cuisinart ice cream maker like she has just to make it. My old model that one has to add ice and salt is just too much hassle.