Friday, June 17, 2011

Homemade Mango Ice Cream

I'm sure that you'll agree with me when I say that all of us have "growing up" memories of ice cream, and summer or not, it is everyone's favorite treat! I grew up in a country where tropical fruits grow in abundance, and ice cream flavors are adapted to whatever fruits are in season. I remember this ice cream company named Magnolia which sold special edition ice cream dubbed "Flavor of The Month," which as the name implies, is only sold for a month. I was always so excited to know what the next flavor would be, and I would see to it that my father buys it for me. When we moved to the US, I was kind of disappointed that I can't be able to eat the ice cream flavors that I grew up eating! Though there are American flavors that I love like the butter pecan, cookies 'n cream, neapolitan and strawberry, there are times when I crave for Filipino flavors like Avocado, Mais-Queso (Corn and Cheese), Mangga(Mango), Nangkasoy (Jackfruit & Cashew), Quezo Real (Cheese) and Ube Macapuno (Purple Yam and Coconut Sport).
I've long been wanting to make homemade ice cream, but I was thinking that it is so time consuming to do if you don't have an ice cream maker. When I saw the Cuisinart 1.5-Quart Ice Cream Maker that is currently on sale at Costco, I didn't even have second thoughts of buying it, and when I found Mexican mangoes at the Asian Store last Sunday, I knew that it's the first flavor that I gonna make. Though there are mango ice cream available here, I still miss the Filipino Mango Ice Cream which is made from Philippine Mangoes, most commonly known as Manila or Carabao mangoes, a variety similar to Mexican Ataulfo Mangoes except that they are sweeter and has less fibers inside making it a lot softer.
Between the two basic types of ice cream which are the Custard or French custard-style which as the name suggests, is made from a custard base and the Philadelphia also called "New York" or "American" style which contains no egg yolks and does not require cooking, I chose to do the latter which is less time consuming and easier to make. It was my first time to make ice cream, and though I have an ice cream maker, I prefer my first ice cream making experience to be as hassle free as possible.
I'm so glad that it turned out perfect! I'm excited with the thought that now, I can already make the other Filipino ice cream flavors that I love and terribly miss like the Avocado, Quezo Real and Ube Macapuno. 

I'm so happy to be sharing with you this very simple ice cream recipe that I came up with after checking on some homemade mango recipes online. This will be my entry to A Latte with OTT'A's June Iron Chef Challenge which is sponsored by Dean Foods & Kelsay Farms. The themed ingredient for this month is milk, which is still my family's favorite source of calcium. Not only does it provide more calcium per serving than any other food, it also contains other nutrients like lactose and vitamin D which increase calcium absorption. For my mango ice cream, I used Borden Milk, one of the products of Dean Foods which is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United States and a European leader in branded soy foods and beverages. Since we got here in Texas in 2004, Borden has been our favorite brand. We've tried some other cheaper brands, but I can say that nothing compares to the taste of Borden Milk
I'm also sharing this on  Food Trip FridayFoodie Friday, Fat Camp Friday, Friday Potluck@EKat's Kitchen Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home and Simply Delish Saturday.

Ingredients:
  • 3 large mangoes, peeled, seed removed and cubed (approximately 2 cups)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Juice of one lemon, freshly squeezed - approximately 2 Tbsp (Lemon is used to bring out the flavor of mango and other fruits)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup milk

Procedure:
1. Puree the mango, ¼ cup sugar and lemon juice in a blender until very smooth. 
2. In a large bowl, combine cream and milk with the remaining ½ cup sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the pureed mango. Do not beat. Just stir gently to mix in.

3. Chill the mixture for at least one hour.
4. Pour in your ice cream maker and churn. Mix for about 25-30 minutes or according to manufacturer's instructions.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, pour the ice cream mixture into a wide, airtight container and put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Beat ice cream mixture with an electric mixer until smooth. Put it back in the freezer for 40 minutes - then beat with an electric mixer. Repeat "40 minute freeze-then-beat cycle" 3 times. You can choose to either beat your ice cream mixture every 40 minutes until frozen or let your ice cream mixture freeze on its own. Either method works fine but the more you beat it, the softer it will be.
5. Serve and be refreshed! If firmer texture is desired, transfer ice cream in a tightly sealed container and freeze for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Although making homemade ice cream does take more work than opening a container of store bought ones, it’s worth all the time and effort to make your own. The good thing about homemade is you can control the ingredients that go into your ice cream. That means no chemicals, no preservatives, no ingredients you can’t even pronounce.  With the right choice of milk that you use like that of Dean Foods, you can create your perfect ice cream, and you might not want to eat store bought ice cream anymore!



46 comments:

  1. i love everything about mango, especially mango ice cream.. im drooling! love to try these one, thanks for sharing!

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  2. This ice cream is amazing! I love everything with mangoes :)

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  3. Good on you for grabbing that great deal on the ice cream maker! I'm sure you're going to get so much use out of it. It's so nice that you can recapture some of the flavours you grew up with. The ice cream looks delicious.

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  4. Wow, Tina! I do love your version of the mango ice cream...w/o the egg custard, and just the creamy version. Our mango tree has not prdouced a lot of mangos this year in S. Florida, due to lack of rain.
    I did manage to get a few from the tree, and will make my usual mango sorbet like I did exactly one year ago...having second thoughts, I will most likely try your recipe, and link back to you:DDD
    BTW-There's an award waiting for you to claim, so stop by my blog...Congratulations, well deserved!

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  5. wow! sarap naman nito...nothing can beat homemade stuff....I can use this recipe in the future...:)

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  6. This looks absolutely yummy! Today I actually had a cheesecake mango blizzard at DQ, but this looks like it would taste much better.

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  7. Oh my goodness - this ice cream sounds delicious!!!! I have the Cusinart Ice Cream Maker too!!! My son loves mangos....he will love this!!
    Thank you for sharing!
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    Concetta

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  8. I am suddenly yearning for good old Magnolia ice cream. Lovely mango ice cream you made, Tina. Is it hot there all the time? It's cold again here in London. Cuisinart ice cream maker is just great, isn't it?

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  9. wow, you're really great...well done for first try! your ice cream looks really delicious, especially that you added some bits of mangoes...yummy! thanks for sharing your recipe. wishing you a great weekend!

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  10. @Anna & Adora: I bought the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for just $23.99...and I'm so loving it! :)
    Adora, it's hot here in TX from around March to late September, so I'll be using this ice cream maker a lot!

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  11. wow! homemade ice cream! sarap naman!

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  12. I love mangos, I love ice cream. I will love this!

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  13. Summer is all about mangoes and this is perfect :)

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  14. Hey!Love the mango ice cream ... great flavor and I agree with u about the fragrant phillipines mangoes. I'd just made some ice cream too, quite similar to this method altho I don't have an ice cream maker. There's a lot of flavors out there that are pretty strange to me ... corn and cheese?

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  15. @Ping: Yeah...there's corn and cheese ice cream in the Philippines, and I love it! :)

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  16. All of us love mango ice cream. You don't understand - we actually fight for the last bit of that ice cream (um store-bought). Where did you get your ice cream maker ($24 sounds good!)? How big is it? I've been really tempted to buy, but my husband say we have no storage (true) and I'll have no control over ice cream (true). LOL. I want one.......

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  17. My son and grandson LOVE mangoes so I'll have to try this ice cream! I bet it's fabulous!

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  18. Hi Nami! I got it from Costco. The original price is $29.99. It's just 1.5 quarts...good enough for a family of 4. :)

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  19. Hi Tina! Pls let me have some homemade ice cream... I love the cup that u're using! It's so perfectly matched! :D
    I'll have to use the "40 minute freeze-then-beat cycle" but I'm sure it'll be so much fun and the girls will love it for sure too! ^.^
    Wish you all the best and gd luck for your entry! GO! GO! TINA GO!!! xD

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  20. congratulations on your homemade ice cream! i'm lucky, our next door neighbor when i was growing up was an ice cream maker. we were the first ones who sampled the ice cream every morning before they sell it, and there was ice cream anytime.:p

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  21. This looks fabulously creamy and love it even more with mango. Couldn't agree more with you: homemade no preservatives etc. so you can't get better! Beautiful.

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  22. Homemade ice cream is the best! And you can make whatever flavor like! I have an ice cream maker too and use it regularly in summer! I love it so much! I love mango and it is my husband's favourite flavor (mango ice cream is very common in India), so I'll be making it when mangoes become in season. Thanks for another great recipe Tina!

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  23. Wow! How I wish I could find an ice cream maker here. It made every thing easy.

    Visiting via Food Trip Friday. Hope you can visit my entry Little Korean

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  24. Looks delish!

    We'd love for you to share this recipe with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

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  25. wow ..look yummy ..that too with mango flavor

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  26. Mango ice cream is soooo good!! I make ice cream every other day in the summer...we eat it like it's about to never come back! :)

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  27. Thanks for sharing your recipe with
    Simply Delish. Hope to see you again next week.

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  28. Can't believe I'm just seeing this now! I love mango & this ice cream sounds great!

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  29. hi...just visited this site...
    are you sending recipe/updates via email...
    can't find the button for subscribe...

    thank you...ann

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  30. Hi Ann! My "subscribe via email" button is on the right column just below the Foodbuzz ad. :)

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  31. There is something absolutely perfect about mango ice cream at home which a store bought cannot bring :)

    Choc Chip Uru

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  33. can you substitute condense milk(instead of cream) and cut back on the sugar

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    1. Yes you can but the texture will be different. The butterfat in heavy cream will make your ice cream richer and smoother. Using condensed milk might make it a but icy

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  34. Hi!
    i made this for Mother's day and shared it to my Mother in law and sister in law. My Father inlaw even tried it and gave it a 5 Star Rating! So So good. thank you for sharing the recipe. i made another batch for our own consumption. :)

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    1. Glad to know everyone liked it! :)

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    2. What do you mean by chill? Like in the freezer or fridge?

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    3. Just put in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

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  35. I made this delicious ice cream that we enjoyed http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.ca/2012/07/mango-ice-cream.html

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  36. Envious!! Looks delicious! I will try to follow your recipe.

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  37. is it ok to substitute whipping cream to nestle all purpose cream?

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    1. yes, you may use nestle all purpose cream as a substitute for heavy whipping cream.

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  38. Amazing...
    me and my family love thi..

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  39. Hi. Just wanna ask if this 'Milk' here means Evaporated Milk?thank you

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    1. I use fresh milk but evaporated milk will do.

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