Friday, December 31, 2010

220. Mango Ice Cream, Delicious

Most people know how to pick bananas, grapes and apples, but to spend good money on an uncommon fruit, like a mango whose quality is hard to judge, would probably stop many shoppers from buying. Mangoes are a delicious fruit, but I have often passed them by because the stores where I live sell them when they are either very green and hard or too soft and rotten.

With practice, however, or a chat with the produce manager, the more adventurous person can learn how to select a ripe or nearly ripe mango. This sweet, unusual fruit can be kept in a paper bag to hasten the ripening process even if it is purchased slightly under ripe.

After taking a mango home the peel must be removed from the ripe fruit and so that the flesh can be cut away from the large pit. There is more than one way to get the fruit off of a mango...but, no matter which way is used, care must be taken as this fruit becomes very slippery after it is peeled.

An easy way is to remove the skin with a sharp paring knife and then slice off the bottom section of fruit so the mango can stand upright. Next, a small fork is used to hold the top of the fruit steady while the rest of the fruit is sliced off as close to the pit as possible.

Mango fruit may be eaten fresh, served in a salad or combined with a few other ingredients, like today's  simple recipe for Mango Ice Cream. This is a subtle-flavored ice cream that serves four. I like to add a lot of pistachio nuts.

(If fresh mangoes are not available, frozen mango maybe substituted).

Mango Ice Cream

1 mango, peeled and cut up (or use frozen mango chunks)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup Cool Whip
2-4 T coconut cream (found in oriental grocery stores)
1/2 cup pistachio nuts (chopped)

Put the mango pulp (or frozen chunks) in a blender or Vita Mix and pulse until smooth. Add condensed milk, coconut cream and cool whip and pulse until just mixed.

Pour the mixture in an airtight container, cover and freeze the mixture for several hours or overnight.
Remove mango mixture from the freezer and chop into pieces. Allow to soften slightly. Add chopped nuts and mix in with a spoon. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
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