Friday, June 19, 2009

First Ice Cream of 2009

What time is it?

Summer time!

Sorry for the bad 'joke'. I quote my friend for this...but it did make me laugh! But back to the point. Its summer time, its time for the beach, time for 10 hours of sleep, which also means time for ice cream!

I've had an ice cream maker at home for ages, but I never really tried making proper ice cream until last summer. I tried out many new things last summer because my holiday was super long (since I just had my GCSE exams) and had nothing much to do, so I baked a lot and tried many new things!

The first flavour of ice cream up this year is something special that I haven't tried before - Goma (Black Sesame) Ice Cream. This Japanese flavour gives off a rich nutty aroma, contrasting with the creamy texture of the ice cream. Two forms of black sesame is used to enhance the flavour - sesame paste and ground sesame seeds, which resulted into an ice cream that is way more flavourful than the store-bought ones. Even my mum who doesn't have much of a sweet tooth loved it!

Pardon me for the poor photos - it's actually really hard to take good photos of ice cream here because of the hot and humid weather (even the aircon doesn't help much). But do try this ice cream flavour - it's just so good. See, the bowl was licked clean precisely one minute after the photo shoot!

Goma (black sesame) Ice Cream
Adapted from Ice Cream Book, by Junko Fukuda (original recipe in Chinese)

60g Black sesame paste
180ml Milk
2 Egg yolks
70g + 2tbsp sugar (measure separately)
120ml Whipping cream
1tbsp Ground black sesame seeds

1. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp of sugar with the black sesame paste until smooth.
2. In a separate large bowl, whisk together 70g sugar and the egg yolks until pale yellow.
3. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until just about to boil.
4. Mix the yolks and the milk, adding the milk in small portions (so you don't end up with scrambled eggs!)
5. Pour the mixture (the custard) back into the pan. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens - it should coat the back of a wooden spoon.
6. Strain the custard. Mix the custard with the black sesame mixture, adding the custard in small portions (or the mixture will separate).
7. Place the bowl over an ice bath to cool, stirring occasionally. Chill the mixture until thoroughly cold.
8. Mix the cream and ground sesame seeds into the cold ice cream mixture.
9. Churn the ice cream in an ice cream maker, for around 20 minutes (time may differ according to your machine).
10. Transfer to an air tight container and chill until ice cream sets.

Click here to see the ice cream maker I have (links to amazon). I wouldn't recommend it though, because for some reason the lid doesn't fit on properly to the bottom canister, and the whole top bit wobbles when I switch the machine on.

This was the brand of sesame paste I used. I think I'll use the remaining to make a black sesame chiffon cake.

14 Responses to “First Ice Cream of 2009”

Celine said...

Wow Black Sesame? Haha this sounds so Hong Kong-ish :D

I don't have an icecream maker, but last time I tried to make some matcha icecream. It was very good, but a little solid, very difficult to make scoops... I have to try it again, and maybe another time with blakc sesame, I think my family will love it! :D

Anonymous said...

Your 'joke' definitely brightened my day. I love the photos, the color composition is so lovely

Anh said...

WOw! That looks wonderful. I love sesame ice-cream...

pixen said...

Wowie...thank you for sharing the recipes and lovely presentation. I love Black Sesame ice cream and also the Yin side - White Sesame Ice Cream.

orbiter said...

wow... please keep blogging, I love your photos!

clare said...

i showed my mum all this n she loved it!
you should do a blog bout your kitchen - i`d like to see it w/ the pots & pans and everything hahah :]

Wendy said...

Thanks! Haha my kitchen is tiny. like teeny weeny tiny. Heck I don't even cook much in it...I prepare everything outside (to take advantage of aircon and my laptop) :D

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!

Anonymous said...

Hahahah I have that spoon at home =)


SimplePleasures said...

oh wow! these are so cool! I got black sesame seeds given to me and have no idea what to do with them. ice cream sure sounds great. where can i find sesame seed paste?

Wendy said...

Re: Simple Pleasures
I bought my sesame seed paste at a local department store that sells Japanese goods. Maybe you can try your local Asian grocery store?

Bridget said...

This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

I've included it in my Top 25 recipe posts on Twitter because its such a winner!!

Thank you again for the beautiful post.

Bridge x

Bridget said...

This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

I've included it in my Top 25 recipe posts on Twitter because its such a winner!!

Thank you again for the beautiful post.

Bridge x

Anonymous said...

looks delicious! i've been planning to make some homemade ice cream.

i was just wondering if i can make the same recipe without an ice cream maker?

Wendy said...

Re: Anonymous
Ice cream is all about getting the air in, so if you don't have an ice cream machine, I'd suggest the following method:
Follow steps 1-7. Whip the cream into soft peaks and fold it into the custard. Freeze until just frozen, then use a hand mixer to beat the mixture until it is semi-melted again. Repeat 2-3 times until the mixture is like soft icecream, then freeze the ice cream thoughroughly.
Hope that helps!!

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