To make jackfruit ice cream I have used an ice cream maker. Ice cream maker has a lid to which machine is attached. It has a paddle attachment which rotates while running. The lid with machine is fixed on a double layered bowl. Place the ice cream maker bowl in a big plastic bag and cover completely. To avoid ice formation inside the bowl when kept in freezer, we need to cover it fully with plastic bag. Place this bag in freezer for 24 hours to freeze the inner liquid of the double layered bowl. If there is sufficient place in freezer, place this ice cream maker bowl covered in plastic bag in freezer so that the freezing time is saved and one can make ice cream as and when required.
- Jack fruit Pieces – 1Cup (200gms)
- Milk – 1Cup (250gms)
- Thick Cream – 1 1/4Cups (310gms)
- Milk Powder – 1 1/4Cups (180gms)
- Powdered Sugar – 1/2Cup (100gms)
- Extra Jackfruit Pieces 1/2Cup (100gms)
- Extra Sugar – 1Tbsp (15gms)
Take few jackfruits, remove seeds and cut into thin slices. Measure one cup (200gms) of sliced jackfruit pieces and add into the acrylic jar of food processor and crush them coarsely. Then add the milk, thick cream, milk powder and powdered sugar into the blender and blend till mixed well without lumps. Transfer the mixture into a steel or aluminum container and cover with a tight lid. Place this container in freezer for 30 to 45minutes till thoroughly chilled.
Take few more jackfruits, remove the seeds and cut into thin slices. Mix 1/2Cup (100gms) of sliced jackfruit pieces and 1Tbsp (15gms) of powdered sugar and macerate. Place the bowl of macerated jackfruit pieces in refrigerator till use.
Arrange the ice cream maker and bring out the ice cream mixture container from freezer after 30 minutes. If it is partially frozen blend with a hand blender or a whisk till smooth without lumps. Switch on the ice cream maker and pour the ice cream mixture into it. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for the ice cream to get ready depending upon the chillness of the mixture. When the ice cream appears done, add the macerated jackfruit pieces to get mixed with the ice cream. Transfer the prepared ice cream into plastic or aluminum containers and freeze for 2 to 3 hours to firmly set. Serve the tasty jackfruit ice cream in cups and enjoy.
Points To Remember:
Macerating jackfruit pieces makes them soft. The softened pieces give a fresh jackfruit flavor while eating the ice cream.
Often we see the milk powder when not mixed well with coconut milk forms lumps. So it is advisable to first mix milk powder and coconut milk with a whisk to remove all lumps. Then transfer this mixture to a blender and add powdered sugar and blend well to get a smooth texture.
One can even blend all the ingredients together in a blender too but the cream turns into butter when blended for a long time (till smooth texture is obtained). So it is better to add cream lastly and just whip to mix so that we have control on the situation and avoid cream turning into butter. Once the cream in the ice cream mixture turns into butter the texture and taste of the ice cream gets spoiled.
Freezing the ice cream bowl for 24 hours is necessary. If there is sufficient place in freezer, place this ice cream maker bowl covered in plastic bag in freezer so that the freezing time is saved and one can make ice cream as and when required.
Use chilled ingredients if possible. For better results, chill the blended ice cream mixture in freezer till thoroughly chilled.
Use skim milk powder but not the dairy whitener while using the milk powder. Adding skim milk powder gives body to the ice cream however if it is not available, add dairy whitener which gives soft textured ice cream.
Adding powdered sugar mixes well without overbeating the cream which may turn into butter!!! Add powdered sugar according to taste. After blending the mixture taste it and adjust the sugar.
Remember to add the ice cream mixture when the paddle is rotating. Do not first pour the mixture and then fix the lid and start the machine---as the bowl is frozen it sets fast and becomes difficult for the paddle to rotate---so first start the machine and then only pour the ice cream mixture in it.
While removing ice cream from the ice cream maker bowl, do not use abrasive ladles---use soft rubber spatulas or plastic ladles.
While making ice cream I have not set the refrigerator to the coolest temperature. I have set the fridge at normal level where we use it for daily needs. As I have used the ice cream maker it freezes and almost sets the ice cream---so it was not required to have fridge at the coolest temperature. So it took 4 hours to firmly set the ice cream after placing the plastic box in freezer. If the fridge is set at the coolest point, it may take further less time to set. Using aluminum containers or foil packs to chill or set the mixture, it freezes fast (within an hour).
When ice cream is frozen it would be difficult to serve isn’t it? To ease this problem here is a tip. Place the ice cream box in microwave oven and heat on high power for 20 to 25 seconds to defrost depending on how hard the ice cream is. Observe that the ice cream softens in seconds to scoop out comfortably---but remember not to heat for long period otherwise it would melt.
Jackfruit has a unique flavor and its ice cream would be tasty with a mild flavor. Macerated jackfruit pieces gives afresh and natural flavor to the ice cream.