Pineapple guava ice cream ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

30 October 2012

Pineapple guava ice cream

pineapple guava ice cream, feijoa ice cream

Well, we are still buried under a mountain of pineapple guavas, aka feijoas. I ate a bunch of them plain. I gave a big bagful to my friend Jen, and put another couple bags on the curb with a FREE sign. Those vanished overnight. But I still have a backyard completely carpeted with pineapple guavas, and hear the thumps of even more falling from the tree in the dead of night when I should be asleep.

So I made pineapple guava ice cream, and it is good.

I've had this ice cream recipe from Laura at Hungry and Frozen in the back of my head since April, when it's pineapple guava season in the southern hemisphere. Now that we've reached the right season in the northern hemisphere, it's time to go to town. All you need is pineapple guava, condensed milk, Greek yogurt, and lime juice. There is no custard-making of any kind involved. Super simple.

Also, look how beautiful the top of my condensed milk can was!

condensed milk can lid

Pineapple guava ice cream, aka feijoa ice cream
by Laura at Hungry and Frozen.

15 ripe pineapple guavas, aka feijoas
1 14-oz can condensed milk
2 tbsp lime juice, aka the juice of 1-2 limes
1 cup plain Greek yogurt

Start by halving your pineapple guavas and scooping the insides out. Chop them up, either by hand or in the food processor. I don't have a food processor, so I just used a knife. This worked admirably.

Put your pineapple guavas in a bowl and add your can of condensed milk, lime juice, and yogurt. I actually decided to use labneh--Middle Eastern yogurt cheese--instead of Greek yogurt, because 1. I love labneh and 2. I had a container of it already. Since it has the same tart flavor as plain yogurt, and an even thicker consistency, it worked very well indeed.

pineapple guava ice cream, feijoa ice cream

Once you have everything mixed well, all you need to do is freeze your ice cream. I put mine in our ice cream maker, but you can also just freeze it as-is in a container. It's all good.

When your ice cream is all frozen, eat up! The result is very smooth, and packs a deceptively strong pineapple guava punch. This recipe makes about a quart, although I can't say I actually measured.

pineapple guava ice cream, feijoa ice cream

I had my ice cream in a bowl, like you do, but I think what I really want to do is make some ice cream sandwiches. Ginger cookies or lime meltaways sound like they'd match with the tropical-floral-pear-pineapple flavor, but I also think a simple butter shortbread would work admirably.

I hope everyone is doing ok in the wake of the hurricane! I would feed you all plenty of ice cream (in sandwich form or otherwise) if I could. That obviously won't put the power back on, but still. Good thoughts!


Veronica said...

Hmmm interesting. I think I might like to give that a taste....

Cate said...

I totally miss having a yard and fruit trees... I used to live in a house with the best mango tree out back. But I guess I can get guava fix when I go hiking :)

Caz said...

Great idea to use the pineapple guavas to make ice cream. I like that you don't need an ice cream maker too! Such a great, simple recipe. You should definitely make those ice cream sandwiches. Yum :)

Kristina @ spabettie said...

OH MY GOSH this sounds amazing - and sandwiches with lime cookies even more so!

guavas were my favorite fruit growing up... I really want to make this right now!

The Squishy Monster said...

I love this---brilliance in a bowl!

Joanne said...

When in doubt...make ice cream! LOVE the way you think.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this looks amazing. I'm pretty sure I don't have pineapple guavas where I live, but if I come across some I'll know what to do with them!

kristina said...

I'm keeping a lookout at the stores to see if I can find any of these guava here on the East Coast, but no luck so far. Maybe they aren't a fruit that's grown commercially? Sigh.... :)

Eileen said...

Glad you guys like it--thank you! It's true--I have never seen pineapple guavas in a store. They occasionally pop up at farmer's markets, but that's about it. It would be totally plausible to make this ice cream with regular guavas, though--or whatever fruit you like best!

Jes said...

Sounds like summer in a bowl to me! I might be down with a pineapple guava rum ice cream shake with it :)

Stratoz said...

That looks so splendid.

Unknown said...

Do you use SWEETENED condensed milk? I want to make it TODAY! Thanks...

Eileen said...

Suzi, I did use sweetened condensed milk! I didn't realize there was any unsweetened out there (certainly not at our little ethnic market, anyway). Hope you like it!