Friday, September 20, 2013

Crazy Ingredient Challenge: Brown Sugar Coconut Ice Cream with Tomato Jam


"Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad."

But what if you put it in ice cream? Adventurous? Daring? Nuts? We'll get to that in a sec. First, I wanted to talk about kitchen gadgets. I have a tiny kitchen with limited storage space and so I strive to only have kitchen gadgets that serve multiple purposes and if they don't, they should be items that I use very often.

I don't own a full sized blender and have never felt the need for one. I'm not sure what I'd use it for. I do, however, have a Rocket Blending Set that takes care of my daily smoothie/protein shake addiction. (Ouch, I see that it has poor reviews on Amazon. Sad since I've had it for almost four years and never had a problem.) I got a food processor maybe a year ago. I can't remember now what I wanted to make and the universe sent me a free one. While I can't remember what it was, I do know that in the last year I've only used it a handful of times. Space, oh precious space.

So after saying all of that, it should not surprise you that I do not own an ice cream maker. I LOVE ice cream. I will and have eaten ice cream for all meals of the day. Giving up ice cream due to some health "issues" was HARD. The morning after surgery I requested ice cream. Yes, I love it. But not enough to buy an ice cream maker.  Ice cream makers and waffle irons may be the quintessential unitaskers. Oh sure you could think of different things to waffle - I've waffled Babka French toast. But apart from the now waffled look, you would have achieved the same thing on the stove top and probably with less mess.


I had an old roommate who loved random kitchen gadgets. She probably bought one every week.  She left a bunch of things that I'd never buy nor use - random thingamajig to peel boiled eggs, anyone? So what about you? Do you find that you have a lot of unitaskers in your kitchen?

While I don't own an ice cream maker, there are several ways to make ice cream without one. Your ice cream may not be as creamy as one churned in a machine but it will still be delicious. This particular ice cream is actually pretty creamy since I used that aforementioned food processor (second time this year!). The brown sugar works extremely well with the coconut and the gingery bits of tomato jam is a welcomed surprise. Don't let the tomato jam scare you. I used candy tomatoes that don't have that customary tart flavor. That plus brown sugar and ginger? You'd never even notice you're eating tomatoes in your ice cream.

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Brown Sugar Coconut Ice Cream w/ Tomato Jam                            
Recipe by:    Kelster
Yield: 1 quart
Tomato Jam Ingredients
6 ounces candy tomatoes (or a similar tomato like Angel Sweet or Zima)
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
Brown Sugar Coconut Ice Cream Ingredients
2 13.5 ounce cans coconut milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¾ cup brown sugar
Tomato Jam Directions
Finely chop the tomatoes – you should have approximately 1 cup. Add to a small saucepan with sugar. Continuously stir as the sugar melts and it turns into jam. After 15 minutes, stir in the powdered ginger. Stir periodically until it gets to the desired texture. This could take a total of approximately 30 minutes.  Cool and refrigerate.
Brown Sugar Ice Cream Directions
Place one can of coconut milk in the fridge. Combine ¼ cup of the second can with the cornstarch. Mix well.
Add the rest of the coconut milk to a medium saucepan with brown sugar. Sir occasionally. When the sugar has dissolved, approximately 5 minutes later, stir in the cornstarch slurry.  Stir often so that the cornstarch doesn’t clump. After 10 minutes, remove from heat, cool and refrigerate for until chilled (at least 8 hours).
After mixture has chilled, carefully open the second can of coconut. Remove the solids and whip until doubled in volume. Add the remaining liquid to your custard then fold in the whipped coconut milk.
If you’re using an ice cream maker, add this mixture to your ice cream maker and follow your maker’s instructions. If not, let’s keep going.
Place your mixture in a wide shallow container and freeze for 4 hours. You can also pour into ice cube trains or flattened zip top bags. The idea is to flash freeze the mixture to avoid ice crystals. Break apart the ice cream with a spoon and add to food processor. Process for 30 seconds.
Transfer to a container, swirling in dollops of tomato jam.  Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
If you don’t have a food processor, you could remove the mixture from the freezer every hour and stir vigorously with a spoon or a hand mixer.





  1. Wow, simply WOW! What a creative way to combine those two ingredients! I must try this for sure. Pinning this!

  2. Sounds wonderful! I am making the ice cream for sure!!

  3. This ice cream is drool worthy and doesn't sound hard at all! I "had" to buy an ice cream maker at a silent auction for a friend's charity event last year so I can make it in a flash! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha at "had" to. I love the ice cream. I've been careful not to eat too much all at once.

  4. Very creative! The winner of Masterchef this year made a tomato jam, and really why not, it's a fruit right? Fabulous job! Lots of point for creativity and it looks amazing. Simple and sweet, can't get better than that! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    1. Thanks so much Krista. It really means a lot. I didn't know about Masterchef and will try to watch that episode and maybe even the season.
      I love that I can now tell others that it's not so strange - a chef did it!

  5. This sounds interesting.. not sure about it but interesting but I would love to try it and see if I like it.. do you have an extra spoon?

    1. Don't think of acidic tomatoes and it will be slightly less strange.
      Here's a spoon!

  6. Wow! this is really thinking outside the box. "interesting", for sure.

    1. That's my aim. I'm trying to step outside my comfort zone with each challenge.

  7. Just mouthwatering....looks easy and delicious!